Feb. 22, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced by USA Hockey this week that Providence College women's hockey player Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) has been nominated as one of 45 finalists for the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Award. The Patty Kazmaier Award is presented annually to the nation's top player in women's hockey.
Lacasse, a sophomore goaltender, will look to become the third PC player to be named a top-10 finalist when the 10 players are announced by USA Hockey on March 2. Sara DeCosta ('00) and Karen Thatcher ('06) were named top-10 finalists in 2000 and 2005, respectively.
Lacaasse earns the nomination after leading PC to a 15-10-9 record in 2009-10 as she's started every game this season. The sophomore owns a 2.12 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. Lacasse has been named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions this season. She was also named Hockey East Player of the Month for the month of December.
Providence defeated the University of Vermont on Saturday, February 20 to become the 2010 Hockey East Regular Season Champions. The Friars will host the Hockey East Tournament in Schneider Arena on Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7.
The award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman for Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990 at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.
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