March 5, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
It was announced by the Hockey East Association Friday night at the annual awards banquet that Providence College women's hockey sophomore forward Ashley Cottrell (Sterling Heights, Mich.) was named a First-Team All-Star. Head Coach Bob Deraney was also named Coach of the Year.
Deraney earned the Coach of the Year award after Providence College claimed the regular season championship two weeks ago. PC was crownder regular season champion for the first time since owning a share of the title with UNH in 2004-05.
The Friars took home six individual awards throughout the evening, highlighted by Cottrell earning First-Team accolades. Providence dominated the Second Team as juniors Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.) and Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.) joined sophomore goaltender Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) to comprise half of the six members. Junior Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) was named an Honorable Mention All-Star.
Cottrell was joined on the First Team by Northeastern goaltender Florence Schelling, New Hampshire's Kelly Paton, Michaela Long and Courtney Birchard and UConn's Cristin Allen. Paton took home the Cammi Granato Player of the Year Award with Schelling being named Bauer Goaltending Champion and Allen being honored as the Hockey East Best Defenseman.
Ashley Cottrell, Sophomore Forward (Sterling Heights, Mich.) - 2010 First-Team All-Star
Cottrell was named to the First Team after leading Providence in goals (14), assists (17) and points (31). She was named Hockey East Player of the Week on November 16 after notching a goal and three assists in PC's 6-2 victory over No. 8 Boston University. Cottrell finished the season ranked third in conference scoring (22), fifth in goals (10) and fourth in assists (12). She tallied her 50th career point with an assist against Vermont on February 19. Cottrell is the first PC player to be named a First-Team All-Star since Kathleen Smith in 2008.
Genevieve Lacasse, Sophomore Goaltender (Scarborough, Ontario) - 2010 Second-Team All-Star
Lacasse earns Second-Team accollades after starting every game and playing 2070 of a possible 2081 (99-percent) minutes this season. Lacasse leads all of Hockey East and stands at fifth in the nation with 858 saves. She'll finish the season as PC's single-season saves leader, breaking the record by former Friar great Sara DeCosta
(794). On the season, she's recorded a 2.12 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. Lacasse was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on three occassions (11/9, 1/4, 1/11) and Hockey East Player of the Month for the month of December. Lacasse was also named a Patty Kazmaier Nominee as the nation's top player. She earns the award after taking home several awards in 2009 including; Rookie of the Year, Goaltending Champion, Second-Team All-Star and was named a member of the All-Rookie Team.
Jean O'Neill, Junior Forward (Strafford, Pa.) - 2010 Second-Team All-Star
O'Neill earned a spot on the Second Team after notching career highs with 13 goals, 16 assists and 29 points. She finished the season with more points than in her previous two seasons combined (25). In conference action, O'Neill ranked fifth in goals (10), seventh in points (19) and fourth in power-play points (7). Of her 13 goals scored this season, five were on the power play and three were game winners. She was named Player of the Week on two occasions (1/18, 2/22) and Player of the Month in January. O'Neill recorded her 50th career point this season when she put home a goal against Vermont on February 19.
Amber Yung, Junior Defender (Rockville, Va.) - 2010 Second-Team All-Star
Yung joins O'Neill and Lacasse on the Second Team after notching a career-high five goals and adding nine assists for 14 points. She finished the year ranked sixth in the league in scoring among defenseman. Yung set a career-high with two goals against Boston College in a 6-3 victory on January 10. She finished the season with seven points on the power play including two goals. Yung was also named runner-up for the Hockey East Best Defenseman award.
Alyse Ruff, Junior Forward (Tualatin, Ore.)- 2010 Honorable-Mention All-Star
Ruff earns Honorable Mention after finishing the season with 12 goals and career-highs with 15 assists and 27 points. She ranks first on the team with 13 points on the power-play including a team-high six power-play goals. In conference action, Ruff ranked eighth in the league with 18 points and third in the league with eight power-play points. Ruff also notched her 50th career point this season when she put home a goal against Minnesota State on January 3. Ruff was named a unanimous selection to the 2008 Hockey East All-Rookie Team.
Bob Deraney - 2010 Coach of the Year
Deraney earns Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his 11 seasons with Providence College. Deraney led the Friars to their third regular season championship with an 11-5-5-3 record in Hockey East play. He guided Providence to its 600th victory as a program this season with a 6-3 victory over Cornell on January 9. Providence joins UNH as the only programs in NCAA Division I history with over 600 victories. Deraney also reached a personal milestone this season, earning his 200th career victory when PC defeated UNH in Providence on January 17.
The Friars earned the right to host the 2010 Hockey East Tournament in Schneider Arena as regular season champions. The Friars will face No. 5 seed Connecticut on Saturday, March 6 at 12:00 p.m. while No. 2 UNH will battle No. 3 Boston University at 3:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live over the internet through B2 Networks at www.b2livetv.com. The championship will be played on Sunday, March 7 beginning at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised on NESN via tape delay at 6:00 p.m.
For ticket information, visit www.Friars.com or call (401) 865-GOPC.