Junior goaltender Genevieve Lacasse makes 51 saves for Friars

Junior goaltender Genevieve Lacasse stopped 51 shots for Providence College

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior goaltender Genevieve Lacasse (Scarborough, Ontario) matched a career-high 51 shots and No. 9 Providence College women's ice hockey killed an extended 5 on 3 disadvantage to upset No. 7 Boston College, 3-1, Friday at Schneider Arena.

The Eagles peppered the Friar net with 33 shots in the third period. Much of the pressure came midway through the frame when Providence committed three penalties within 1:49 and again in a feverish, final two minutes with the extra attacker on.

After a scoreless first, BC broke through at 12:24 of the middle period. With Providence on the power play, Eagle captain Kelli Stack broke up the Friar defensemen at her own blue and skated up ice on a breakaway. The center scored on a forehand for her conference-leading 24th goal of the season.

The Friars answered five and a half minutes later. Back on the power play, senior Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.) rocketed a shot from the left point. Junior Abby Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) reached to get her stick blade just into the path of the blast, redirecting it home for her sixth of the year.

The eventual game-winner was scored just 25 into the third period. Freshman Rebecca Morse (Westfield, N.J.) sent a rising one-timer from the right point through a crowd in front and into the back of the net. It was Morse's third of the year. Junior Kate Bacon (Chanhassen, Minn.) added an empty-net score with :29 remaining in regulation for the 3-1 final.

Both goalies made several outstanding stops. With three minutes remaining in the first, Schaus robbed Friar forward Laura Veharanta (La Verne, Calif.) on the doorstep, stretching across the crease and halting the puck with the toe of her left skate. Midway through the middle period, Lacasse stoned a BC breakaway, and later prevented several, point blank bids in the wild final period.

Schaus finished with 28 saves.

The Friars return to action on Sunday, January 23, when they take on Northeastern. The game will be played on a neutral site, the Bog ice rink in Kingston, Mass. The Friars next home game is February 6 against Boston College. Face-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and tickets are available by calling the PC ticket office at (401) 865 GOPC.