Knights Field Hockey Advances to North 1, Group 2 Finals

Credits: Mike Montalto
Credits: Courtesy of Toni Vardiman
Credits: Mike Montalto

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ – The No. 1 West Essex Knights field hockey team made a statement with a dominant, 9-0, win against No. 5 West Milford in the NJSIAA North 1, Group 2 Semifinals on Wednesday.

Five different players found the back of the cage for the Knights, who will return to the North 1, Group 2 Championship for the sixth time since 2010.

“That’s the way it’s supposed to be if your going to try to make a run for States,” said head coach Jill Cosse. “If one or two people are popping in goals, that’s pretty easy to stop to me. We’ve been talking about that and I think that was a really big deal.”

Sign Up for E-News

Junior Lia Sinisi opened the scoring for the Knights with her first of three goals 10:32 into the game on an assist from sophomore Julia Russo and West Essex never looked back.

The Knights hammered the ball past West Milford junior goalkeeper Megan Lamb three more times before the end of the half including two goals in the span of 1:40 from sophomore Sarah Iannuzzi and Sinisi.

With about five minutes to go, West Milford began to put pressure on the Knights, who up to that point controlled the ball in West Milford territory for the majority of play.

After a slew of saves by West Essex senior goalkeeper Paige Innarella and some key defensive plays by senior Caitlin Morrissey and sophomore Deven Aschenbach, the Knights broke out of their end and put the pressure back on West Milford qith a goal from sophomore Ashley Iannuzzi with 1:05 left in the half.

“Your defenders’ job is to keep that ball out of the cage and so it’s nice to see your defense respond like that,” Cosse said. “I don’t love being in that end of the field as a coach, however I need to see my kids perform under that kind of pressure and I thought they did a great job.”

The Knights went back to dominating the possession game in the second half, allowing West Milford few quality chances while generating plenty of their own.

Ashley Iannuzzi added her second goal of the game just over two minutes into the half and Russo would score two of her own before the 20 minute mark. Freshman Julia Vardiman and Sinisi scored the last two goals in the decisive, 9-0, win.

West Milford will host No. 2 Ramsey in the North 1, Group 2 Final at 11 a.m. on Friday and is planning for Ramsey to come in with a chip on their shoulder after last year’s, 7-1, defeat at the hands of West Essex in the North 1, Group 2 Semifinal.

“We expect them to come here and not want to lose their last game of the season,” Cosse said. “We played them last year in the semi’s and beat them on our field. I always think that when your facing someone a year later for a state title, they are going to want you a lot more than they did last year.”

Ramsey advanced to the Finals earlier on Wednesday with a, 2-0, win against Hackettstown. Both teams will be trying to use the momentum from a shutout win in the Semifinals to capture the North 1, Group 2 title.

West Essex, who already won the Essex County Tournament with a, 6-0, win against Montclair on Oct. 17, will look to earn their first Group Title since 2013 and advance to the Tournament of Champions. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

Evolve Cycle And Fitness Presale Happening Now!

May 18, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ - Evolve Cycle and Fitness is now offering 10 classes for only $90. That’s only $9 a class when you purchase before its official Grand Opening on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Only two weeks left to take advantage of this limited time offer! Call Martha at 973-979-5919 or click here to sign up.

Evolve Cycle and Fitness is a Premier Fitness Boutique ...

Save Up To 20% at CNP Treasures

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your mom or that special someone in your life for Mother's Day? Then CNP Treasures has you covered! Save up to 20% at CNP Treasures located at 14 Northfield Ave in West Orange.

Come by this weekend so we can help you find the perfect gift! Offer expires Sunday, May ...

West Essex Softball's Lilly James Named Athlete of the Week

May 20, 2018

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — In her senior season at West Essex High School, Athlete of the Week Lilly James has made an impact as both a physical and vocal leader on the West Essex softball team.

“[I’m] just staying confident with myself and trying to push my confidence into everyone else so they can have the same amount and hit as well as me and my other teammates so we can ...

Montclair HS Student Reported Sexual Assault in All-Gender Bathroom, Officials Say

May 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - According to published reports on Wednesday, Montclair Police officials are investigating allegations of sexual assault reported to have occurred in a bathroom at Montclair High School.

Montclair police officials state that officers received a report about an incident at the high school of a sexual nature that occurred around 3:18 p.m. on Monday. The ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, May 22, 9:30 AM

Rosalind Public Library, Roseland

Spring T’ai Chi Chih

Health & Wellness


Tue, May 22, 11:30 AM

Roseland Public Library , Roseland

Preschool Story Time & Craft

Arts & Entertainment Education

Tue, May 22, 4:00 PM

Fairfield Free Public Library, Fairfield

Homework Help Grades K-6


CCM Golf Team Sweeps Conference and Region Titles

May 19, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ —For the second time since 2007, the County College of Morris (CCM) Titans Golf Team has won both the conference and region championships in the same season, earning them a place in the national championship.

The team’s overall record for the year was 36-1 with the only loss coming at the hands of Ocean County College by two strokes back in mid-March.

Galloping ...


Jan 7, 1927 - May 10, 2018
Benjamin Cappiello, 91, of Roseland, died on May 10, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving ...
Read more

10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Receives Donation from Randolph Hockey Family

May 21, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ — While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real-life battles off the ice, there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the members of the Randolph varsity hockey team, when they came together to ...

A Royal Pain

I went to a big wedding over the weekend.  It was in England.

I like to think I was invited, but according to the Royal Guards and the Thames Valley Police I was not.  But more about that later.

You see, not too long ago I received an evite addressed to me from H&  Curiously, it was in my spam folder with a warning message. For an evite it was pretty ...