Nov. 13, 2012
Vantaa, Finland -
Former Providence College women's ice hockey alumnae Karen Thatcher '06 and Genevieve Lacasse '12 competed last week, Nov. 6-10, at the Four Nations Cup in Vantaa, Finland. Thacher competed for Team USA, taking gold from Canada in a 3-0 win. Lacasse competed in her first Four Nations Cup with the Canadian National Team.
Thatcher and Team USA collected a 3-1 record during the tournament with wins over Sweden, 4-0, Finland, 15-1 and Canadian in the final match-up. Early on in competition Canada and the US faced off in round robin game, where the US fell 3-0 to the Canadians.
"We got better each game and saved our best hockey for last," Thatcher commented on winning gold "The effort, heart, and determination displayed by each member of the team was inspiring and I'm so proud of everyone. I'm looking forward to working hard the rest of the season to grow with this win and continue to become better individually and as a team."
With the win over Canada, Thatcher has won three of the six Four Nations Cup tournaments that she has competed in.
"I'm so incredibly proud of this team and honored to be a part of it," Thatcher continued.
Thatcher was a standout forward for the Friars women's ice hockey team ranking 10th on the all-time scoring list with 167 points in 132 games. After transferring from Brown following her freshman season, she helped lead the Friars to the Hockey East Championship both in 2004 and 2005. In 2005, she was Hockey East Co-Player of the Year and a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award. During her senior season (2006), she captained the team and was named Second Team All-American. Thatcher also earned All-Academic honors and Hockey East Sportsmanship awards all three seasons with the Friars (2003-2006).
Thatcher was also a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team that won silver in Vancouver. During the 2010 Olympic games she tallied six points (three goals and three assists) in five games for the U.S. and finished fourth on the team with a plus/ minus of plus eight. She then returned to her alma mater Providence College to become the assistant coach for the women's ice hockey team for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, helping guide the team to the Hockey East Tournament both seasons.
Lacasse was a four year starter in the net for the Friars. During her career Lacasse broke numerous school records and was the captain during her senior campaign. The four-year starter holds records for the most career victories (64), career games played (127), career saves (3,482) and career shutouts (20). She also set Hockey East records for saves in a single tournament (127) and career tournament saves (276).
The Four Nations Cup was not Lacasse's first time playing in international competition for Team Canada. She last won gold at the World Championships during the spring of 2012 in Burlington, Vermont. She also competed in the 12 Nations Tournament (2011), Under-22 MLP Cup (2011), Hockey Canada Evaluation Camp (2010 and 2011) and was a member of the Under-22 Team (2010).