March 5, 2011
BOSTON, MASS. - Junior goaltender Genevieve Lacasse broke two records and stopped a career-best 58 shots, yet the No. 9/10 Providence College women's ice hockey team fell, 3-2 in overtime, to No. 7 Boston College in the Hockey East semifinals.
With the game knotted, 2-2, at the 11:57 mark of the extra session, Eagle captain Kelli Stack snuck the game-winner just through the goalie's pads, off the post and over the goal line. The sudden death strike came after Lacasse had exhibited one of the greatest goaltending performances in conference history.
Her 58 saves sets the Hockey East record for stops in the tournament. In addition, she has established a new Providence College record for career saves despite just three seasons under her belt. Her new mark of 2,582 surpasses the old record of 2,555 set by Jana Bugden in 2006.
The career record fell with 2:32 in the second period, with Lacasse's 32nd save of the game
After two scoreless periods, the Friars found themselves being outshot, 34-14, yet very much in contention thanks in large part to the goalie's heroics.
Finally, at 6:35 of the third period, Eagle Melissa Bizzari solved the riddle with a rising wrist shot from the left circle. The puck rose over the goalie's left shoulder for the 1-0, BC advantage.
Back-to-back Eagle penalties helped the Friars break through at the 9:36 mark. Enjoying a 5-on-3 advantage, the Friar points patiently passed back and forth along the blue line. Eventually junior Jennifer Friedman (San Gabriel, Calif.) uncorked a slapshot from the left that hit the top right corner of the net cleanly.
PC took a 2-1 lead less than two minutes later. At 11:14, with a BC penalty expiring, freshman Rebecca Morse (Westfield, N.J.) blasted a slapshot from the left point. The rebound kicked to the left of the crease where junior Abby Gauthier collected, wheeled, and fired into the back of the net despite falling to her knees in the process. 2-1 Providence.
The Eagles answered moments later. At the 14:02 mark, freshman Taylor Wasylk redirected a pass for the game equalizer. After several more quality chances for both teams, the clubs headed to overtime.
BC nearly ended the contest at the 8:55 mark of the extra time when junior Mary Restuccia charged in on a breakaway. Again, Lacasse was ready with the save.
The Friars end the season with an overall record of 22-12-1, their highest win total since the 2002-2003 season when the program went 24-6-6. It is also the ninth year in a row the Friars have advanced to the Hockey East semifinals.
- Go Friars -
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