The 2021 Providence Journal All-State Field Hockey first- and second-team selections are here

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Moses Brown's Lily Procaccianti and Barrington's Vivienne Mueller were two of the best players in Rhode Island last fall and both earned their spots as Providence Journal First Team All-Staters.
Moses Brown's Lily Procaccianti and Barrington's Vivienne Mueller were two of the best players in Rhode Island last fall and both earned their spots as Providence Journal First Team All-Staters.

After a terrific fall season, here are the 2021 Providence Journal All-State Field Hockey First and Second teams. The 12 players selected to the first team will be nominees for Player of the Year at this spring's All-State Rhode Island High School Sports Awards, presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Three finalists will be named during the live show, followed by the announcement of Player of the Year.

Nominees will be honored at the live show and all 12 nominees can receive a free ticket to the show. Check back later in the year for information on how to RSVP to the show.

The All-State Rhode Island High School Sports Awards, presented by Blue Cross Blue & Shield of Rhode Island, is part of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, the largest high school sports recognition program in the country.

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2021 Providence Journal All-State Field Hockey

FIRST TEAM

Callie Caito
Callie Caito

Callie Caito

La Salle, Junior

Forward

One of the most versatile playmakers in the state, Caito was keyed by every defense the Rams played this season and teams still couldn’t stop her. Caito, who verbally committed to play at Bryant University, scored 16 goals to go with 13 assists, more than earning her second-straight spot as a first-team All-Stater.

Lily Procaccianti
Lily Procaccianti

Lily Procaccianti

Moses Brown, Junior

Forward

Her devastating speed made her impossible to stop up front for the Quakers. Proccacianti scored 16 goals and had 14 assists this season and makes her debut as a first-team All-Stater after being named to the second team last year. Additionally, Proccacianti was one of five Rhode Islanders to earn a spot on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Region team.

Morgan Rainville
Morgan Rainville

Morgan Rainville

Burrillville, Junior

Forward

If the Broncos needed a goal this season, Rainville was the one getting it for them. The junior led Division II in scoring with 24 goals and nine assists and had a knack for coming through in the clutch. In six games this season, Rainville was the only player to score and she also had five game-winning goals this season.

Alex Mega
Alex Mega

Alex Mega

East Greenwich, Junior

Midfield

Mega’s been one of the state’s best players since first suiting up for the Avengers and nothing changed this fall. The reigning Providence Journal Player of the Year was a dominant offensive force this fall, leading Division I with 21 goals to go with nine assists. Her biggest goal was her last, redirecting a shot into the back of the cage that gave East Greenwich its third straight state title.

Vivienne Mueller
Vivienne Mueller

Vivienne Mueller

Barrington, Senior

Midfield

This is Mueller’s third All-State appearance and second straight as a member of the first team and she really left no doubt about the choice. In her final season for the Eagles, Mueller scored 19 goals to go with seven assists, earning a spot on the NFHCA All-Region Team as well. She’ll play at Cornell next fall.

Sophia Ziniti
Sophia Ziniti

Sophia Ziniti

Cumberland, Senior

Midfield

The 2021 season saw the Clippers turn things around and Ziniti was a big reason why. The senior midfielder was a threat whether she was scoring or defending, and when Cumberland needed her most, she stepped up. Ziniti capped her career with a fourth-quarter goal in the Division II final, giving the Clippers the title.

Kennedy Jones
Kennedy Jones

Kennedy Jones

Moses Brown, Senior

Defense

A game-changer in the back, Jones was a presence on the field for Moses Brown. Her aggressive and physical style of play allowed Jones to control games from the defensive end. She managed to score six goals to go with five assists this season and earned a spot on the NFCHA All-Region team along with four other Rhode Island players.

Abby Martel
Abby Martel

Abby Martel

Barrington, Senior

Defense

The Eagles won with defense this season an Martel was a big reason why they surrendered less than a goal per game this season. A leader in the back, Martel earned a spot on the NFHCA All-Region team — one of five Rhode Islanders to make it — in addition to her debut as an All-Stater.

Cat Neville
Cat Neville

Catherine Neville

East Greenwich, Sophomore

Defense

The tradition of great defensive Avengers is long and Neville appears ready to step right in line. She played with control and confidence in the back, but wasn’t afraid to mix it up in big moments on offense, as we saw when she took the shot that led to the game-winning goal in the state title game.

Gianna Salvator
Gianna Salvator

Gianna Salvator

East Greenwich, Senior

Defense

An unsung hero as the left back in the Avengers' defense, she faced the state’s top scorers all season long and kept them off the scoreboard. Salvator was a crucial part of the offense, inserting EG’s corners, and brought it when the team needed it most during its state championship-winning season.

Mia Stilley
Mia Stilley

Mia Stilley

Moses Brown, Senior

Defense

The Quakers dominated with defense and Stilley was a big reason why. Her speed and mental acuity made her one of the state’s best and the Providence College commit also showed some pop on offense, scoring seven goals to go with four assists to help Moses Brown return to the state final.

Julia Bender
Julia Bender

Julia Bender

La Salle, Junior

Goalie

With her height and wingspan, Bender cast an imposing figure in the cage and her athleticism and aggressiveness made her even scarier for opposing offenses. The junior was instrumental in the Rams’ success and is a big reason why they’ll be in the hunt for a state title next fall.

East Greenwich's Gianna Salvator and La Salle's Callie Caito both earned their spots as Providence Journal First-Team All-Staters.
East Greenwich's Gianna Salvator and La Salle's Callie Caito both earned their spots as Providence Journal First-Team All-Staters.

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Providence Journal All-State Field Hockey

Second team

F — Grace Casey, East Greenwich, Junior

F — Georgianne deFeo, Lincoln School, Senior

F — Caroline Powell, Moses Brown, Senior

F — Emma Mueller, Barrington, Freshman

MF — Lily Arcand, La Salle, Senior

MF — Olivia Prior, East Greenwich, Freshman

MF — Violet Gagliano, Barrington, Junior

MF — Emma Wymes, Moses Brown, Senior

D — Emily Dubord, La Salle, Junior

D — Amy LaBelle, Barrington, Junior

D — Rachel Arabian, Rocky Hill, Senior

G — Hope Gee, East Greenwich, Senior

This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Here are the 2021 Providence Journal All-State Field Hockey first and second teams

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