Cottrell, Lacasse Honored by Hockey East

Ashley Cottrell

Feb. 29, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team has earned two more awards from the Women's Hockey East Association. Senior Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) has been named the conference's Sportsmanship Award winner, while classmate Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario) was named the league's Goaltender of the Month for February.

Cottrell was recognized with the end-of-season achievement for her clean play on the ice. The center was whistled for only eight penalty minutes while being one of the league's most consistent point-producers. In 29 games this season, she tallied 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists. The output included a four-point effort (three goals, one assist) to lead a 6-2 upset at #4 Boston College on February 4.

It is the second year in a row a Friar has been recognized with the Sportsmanship Award. Last season, Jean O'Neill '11 (Strafford, Pa.) was the honoree.

A Providence player has now earned the award six out of the 10 times it has been handed out. Other winners from PC include Darlene Stephenson in 2003, and current PC assistant coach Karen Thatcher in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Lacasse had quite simply one of the best months of her remarkable career. The senior recorded a 4-1-1 record, shutting out #7 Northeastern on February 17 (a 0-0 tie) and Maine in the Hockey East quarterfinals on February 25 (a 6-0 victory). During the month, she registered a goals against average of just 1.16 with a save percentage of .963.

It is the fourth time in her career Lacasse has been named Goaltender of the Month. Earlier this week, she was named Defensive Player of the Week for the 11th time.

The Friars will play in the Hockey East Semifinals, against #7 Northeastern, this Saturday, March 3. The game is being held at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Hyannis, Mass. and face-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Boston University faces Boston College in the other semifinal at 3:30.



Both semifinal games will be broadcast live on the internet by Pack Network at Games will be sold on an individual basis for $8.95.

The winners of Saturday's contests will advance to Sunday's Hockey East Championship Game, also at the HYCC. Game-time for the Championship will be 1 p.m.

Tickets for the 10th annual WHEA Championship are $8 for general admission, and $5 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can also be ordered via mail order at Tickets are also on sale in advance at the HYCC box office or will be available via walk up sale on game days.

- Go Friars -

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