Feb. 24, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -
Former Providence College women's hockey star Genevieve Lacasse `12 earned an Olympic gold medal with the Canadian National Team on Thursday, Feb. 20 in Sochi, Russia at the 22nd Winter Olympics.
Lacasse and the Canadians defeated the United States 3-2 in overtime of the gold medal game. Canada finished the winter games unbeaten with a record of 5-0-0. The Canadians earned wins over Switzerland (5-0 on Feb. 8), Finland (3-0 on Feb. 10), United States (3-2 on Feb. 12), Switzerland (Semifinal, 3-1 on Feb. 17) and their 3-2 OT win against the U.S. on Feb. 20 for the gold.
"It was an amazing experience overall, from the opening ceremonies all the way to the closing," Lacasse shared on her time in Sochi. "Everyday was different and exciting, but by far the greatest moment was winning the gold medal. It was such a close game that came down to the wire and we never gave up. I am incredibly proud of my teammates and to be a member of this team."
Lacasse becomes the eighth Friar to win a gold medal and the ninth to capture a medal at the Olympic games. She joins the seven Providence members of the 1998 US Women's Hockey Olympic gold medal team. The last Friar to capture an Olympic medal was Karen Thatcher `06, who earned silver with team USA in Vancouver.
Over the course of the last 16 years, the Friars have combined for eight gold medals and five silver medals. Since the inauguration of women's ice hockey in the Olympic games, Providence has had at least one member present in each of the five Winter Games since 1998.
Lacasse has been a member of the Candian National Program since 2009, when she was invited to participate in the 2009 Under-22 camp. Since then, she has won gold at the World Championship during the spring of 2012 in Burlington, Vt. She also competed in the 12 Nations Tournament (2011), twice in the Four Nations Tournament (2012 and 2013), Under-22 MLP Cup (2011), Hockey Canada Evaluation Camp (2010 and 2011) and was a member of the Under-22 Team (2010). Before the 2013 Four Nations Tournament, Lacasse last competed with the Canadian National Team in Ottawa, Canada at the IIHF World Championship, where the Canadians came away with silver.
During her four year career at Providence, Lacasse broke numerous records and was the captain during her senior campaign. The four-year starter holds records for the most career victories (64), career games played (127), career saves (3,482) and career shutouts (20). She also set Hockey East records for saves in a single tournament (127) and career tournament saves (276).