NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The West Essex field hockey team captured the Section 1, Group 2 championship with an 8-0 victory over Lakeland on Thursday.

The Lady Knights (20-2) wasted no time in establishing their dominance, erupting for seven goals before halftime. Ellie Decker scored four goals and assisted on two others for West Essex, which outshot Lakeland, 31-0.

Julia Russo finished with four assists to go with one goal, Ashley Iannuzzi netted two goals and Lexi Palko scored one goal. Sarah Iannuzzi provided two assists.