Aug. 10, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College 2012 graduate Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ontario) was recognized last month by both Providence College and Hockey East as being a conference honoree for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The former women's ice hockey goaltender was the only nominee from the Hockey East Conference.
There are a total of 429 female student-athletes from Division I, II, and III colleges and universities that were nominated. The award is given to graduating female-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in their respective sports, academic achievements, and their leadership and service within the community. The pool of 429 athletes will be narrowed down to just 30, with 10 coming from each division. From those 30 candidates nine will be chosen, three from each division. The NCAA Woman of the Year committee will then vote for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year from those top nine. The winner will be announced on October, 14 in Indianapolis at the annual ceremony, where the top-30 honorees will be present.
Lacasse was recently recognized as a Distinguished Student-Athlete from the Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW). She completed her four-year career with the Friars in March when she led the team to the Hockey East Championship game with 179.52 minutes of shutout playoff hockey. Lacasse was named a New England Hockey All-Star, a Second Team Hockey East All-Star and Hockey East All-Tournament Team selection. This year, she also won a gold medal with the Canadian National Team at the IIHF World Championships held in Vermont. Lacasse was named Providence College Female Athlete of the Year for Team Sports for the second year in a row. She was also named to the 2012 Hockey East All-Academic Team along with 15 of her teammates this summer. The award is given to those student-athletes that have a grade point average of 3.0 or above for each semester.
Lacasse also set new Providence College records in her last season with the Friars. At the end of her career she broke the college's career victories (64), career games played (127), career saves (3,482) and career shutouts (20) records. She previously reached the Friar mark for saves in a season (948). She also set new Hockey East records for saves in a single tournament (127) and career tournament saves (276), having already earned the mark for saves in a single tournament game last season (58).
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