Trimble of Burrillville named Female Hockey Player of the Year

BURRILLVILLE — She helped her program win its first state title last year and was always there to step in when the team needed her most, according to head coach Cortney Lacey.

Alli Trimble received the 2022 Female Hockey Player of the Year award from Rhode Island High School Sports, an achievement recognized this week by her coach and members of the Burrillville school board.

“She’s an incredible hockey player,” Lacey said. “Every coach in the state knows who she is.”

As a junior with the Burrillville/Ponaganset/Bay View co-op team, Trimble scored a hat trick in Game 3 of the semi-finals, sending the team to the final against La Salle Academy undefeated. La Salle was considered the best in the state at the time, Lacey said.

Trimble scored five goals in the final three games of the season, and the co-op ended up winning the program’s first state championship in the program’s 20-year history.

“Without Alli it won’t happen,” the coach said.

Lacey noted that the striker, who led her team in goals last season and will serve as team captain in her next senior year, brings more than just offense to the game.

“Throughout the season, Alli, we’ve been able to rely on her for everything,” Lacey said. “We needed a goal – she was there. A large room – there she was. She’s not just an offensive hockey player. She plays the neutral zone, defensive zone.

One of six nominees named to the Providence Journal All State first team, Trimble was named the sport’s top female athlete at an awards ceremony in June.

“She was a dominant force in the state championship series, scoring two goals in Game 2, to clinch the upset against La Salle and give the Broncos their first state title,” the sportswriter said. Providence Journal Eric Rueb, who served as emcee at an event.

She was recognized in her hometown on Tuesday, August 9, with a permanent banner to hang in the high school gymnasium.

“I can’t wait to see this hanging from the ceiling next season,” said school board chair Alexandra LeClair.

“It’s the first time in the history of the program that someone has won, so it’s a huge accomplishment,” Lacey said.

The coach repeated his favorite quote from the player after a victory in the final.

“We knew in this game we were going to bustle them and be stronger,” Trimble said. “We knew we weren’t going to win this game because of the talent. It would be about which team worked the hardest.

“It’s a leader’s quote,” Lacey said. “I always tell players: hard work is better than talent.”

“There is no one more deserving of this award. I believe that one day BHS will recognize her as one of the best athletes to come out of Burrillville and she will be a part of the Burrillville High School Athletic Hall of Fame,” added the coach.

Supt. Michael Sollitto also presented Trimble with an official citation.

“The Burrillville School Department extends its congratulations,” he noted. “Thank you for representing Burrillville Schools and the City of Burrillville.”

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Catherine J. Martinez