April 17, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
Providence College women's ice hockey goaltender Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario) and Team Canada captured the Gold Medal at International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship in Burlington, Vt. Team Canada posted a 5-4 overtime win versus Team USA in the championship game on Saturday, April 14 to earn its first world title since 2007.
It marked the first time that Lacasse took part in the World Championship and second tournament with Canada's senior team. In August, she earned two victories for the red and white at the 12 Nations' Tournament, including a shootout victory over Team USA.
The accomplishment continues what has been a remarkable trend of success. Last month, she completed an illustrious, four-year career in the Providence goal and was named a New England Hockey Writer's All-Star, a Hockey East Second-Team All-Star, Conference Goaltender of the Month and an All-Tournament team selection after playing over 179 minutes of playoff hockey without allowing a goal.
Also this season, Lacasse set Providence College records for career victories (64), career games played (127), career saves (3,482) and career shutouts (20).
Lacasse is the 19th Friar to be part of a team at the World Championship and the first to dress for Team Canada. The most recent member of the PC family to play in the tournament was current assistant coach Karen Thatcher. The 2006 graduate helped Team USA win gold in 2009.