April 24, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College women's ice hockey team announced its annual team awards during the end-of-year banquet on Saturday, April 24 at the Providence Courtyard by Marriot. Sophomore goaltender Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) was voted the team's Most Valuable Player.
The four graduating seniors of the class of 2010, Jackie Duncan (Kitchener, Ontario), Colleen Martin (Woburn, Mass.), Pamela McDevitt (South Boston, Mass.) and Arianna Rigano (Malden, Mass.), gave their final speeches as members of the Providence College women's hockey team.
Prior to the speeches, seven former players presented the annual team awards. Brittany Simpson (`09), captain of the 2009 Friars, presented the Captain's Award to Colleen Martin for her dedicated service to the team. Martin finished her senior season with one goal and eight assists and graduates having played in 139 games, the seventh most all-time.
2004 graduate Kelli Halcisak presented the Academic Award to sophomore defender Lauren Covell (Akron, Ohio) for accumulating the highest grade point average from the spring semester of 2009 through this year. Covell, an accounting major, would later accept the Most Improved Player Award from former Friar Holley Tyng (`01) as the player that showed the greatest improvement over the course of the season. Covell moved from forward to defense at the start of the season and finished with nine assists in 2009-10 after going without a point her freshman campaign.
Rigano was honored by 2003 graduate Danielle Culgin with the Seventh Player Award as the player that performed beyond expectations and is an integral part of the team's success as voted by her teammates. Rigano came to PC after two seasons at St. Anselm's College. She finished her final season with seven goals and seven assists.
Kelli Doolin (`08) presented the Unsung Hero Award to junior defender Amber Yung (Rockville, Md.) as the player who, voted by her teammates, consistently contributed to the team and its success, but did not necessarily receive the recognition that she deserved. Yung was named a New England Hockey Writers All-Star and a Hockey East Second-Team All-Star this season after leading all PC defenders with five goals and eight assists.
Former Friar Stephanie Morris (`09) presented the Coaches' Award to junior forward Jean O'Neill (Strafford, Pa.). The Coaches' Award is given annually by the members of the coaching staff to the player who the coaches believe surpassed expectations in order to help the team reach a high level of success. O'Neill had a breakout season as a junior, setting career highs with 14 goals, 16 assists and 30 points. She was named a Hockey East Second-Team All-Star.
Sophomore Genevieve Lacasse was honored by a video presentation from all-time Friar great Sara DeCosta (`00) as the team's Most Valuable Player. Lacasse started every game for PC in 2009-10 and was named a Hockey East Second-Team All-Star. Lacasse led PC to the Hockey East regular season championship with a 15-11-9 record. She set a new PC record with 878 saves and finished the year with a 2.14 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.