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December 15, 2011

ESSEX COUNTY FREEHOLDERS CONGRATULATE THE WEST ESSEX HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY TEAM

Team Captures the 2011 Group II State Championship

The West Essex H. S. Field Hockey Team was honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders during its Wednesday, December 14, 2011, meeting held at the Hall of Records. The team won the 2011 Group II State Championship when it defeated Camden Catholic High School, 4-3, on November 13, 2011. Team members present for the presentation were accompanied by Athletic Director Damion Macioci (front row, far left), Assistant Coach Diane Simmons and Head Coach Jill Cosse (2nd row, first and second from the left). Also pictured are (back row, left to right) Chief of Staff Phil Alagia and Freeholders Leonard Luciano of West Caldwell and Patricia Sebold of Livingston.

(Newark, NJ) – The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored the West Essex High School Field Hockey Team of North Caldwell for having won the 2011 Group II State Championship during its Wednesday, December 14th, meeting held at the Hall of Records.  The presentations were made by Freeholders Leonard Luciano of West Caldwell and Patricia Sebold of Livingston, who were also assisted by Essex County Chief of Staff Phil Alagia of Fairfield.

The West Essex High School Field Hockey Team captured its Group II State Championship on November 13, 2011, when it defeated Camden Catholic High School, 4-3.  The team then went on to compete in the Tournament of Champions where it defeated Shore Regional High School, 4-1, in the semi-final game before falling just short in the championship game.

During their championship season, the team compiled a stellar record of 23 victories with only 2 losses, outscored their opponents by the lopsided margin of 142-21, and also won the championships of the Super Essex Conference and the Essex County Tournament.  The 2011 season also capped the 4-year careers of the senior class members who, during their tenures, compiled a gaudy record of 85-9-3 while outscoring their opponents 506-62.

The West Essex High School Field Hockey finished the season ranked as the #2 team in New Jersey by The Star-Ledger, and as the #6 team in the nation according to the American field hockey website, Top of the CircleThe Star-Ledger also named Natalie Cafone the “2011 New Jersey Player of the Year” and Jackie Fusco the “2011 Essex County Player of the Year”.

The success of the 2011 team continued a tradition of West Essex field hockey excellence that has seen the program capture 39 conference championships since 1970, 18 county championships since 1974 (including 13 times in the last 15 years), 30 state sectional championships since 1971, and 15 state group championships since 1971 (including 6 times in the last 10 years).

The 2011 West Essex High School Field Hockey Team is comprised of the following members: Seniors Natalie Cafone, Mikayla Cimilluca, Adrianna Farina, Jackie Fusco, Melissa Laible, Alexis Miller, Kalyn Schwartz and Amanda Tomaselli; Juniors Paulina Berse and Amanda Cassera; Sophomores Marissa Cafone, Kelly Cousoulis, Caroline Fiore, Sofia Haramis, Stephanie Pezzuti, Jackie Renda, Andie Silverstein, Kaitlyn Struss and Amanda Uliano; and Freshmen Gabrielle Girardi, Alyssa Menendez and Taylor Schauer.

The team was coached by Head Coach Jill Cosse and Assistant Coaches Diane Simmons, Alex Ruggieri, Deana Hagel, Marissa Iannarone, Amanda Procaccino, Nicole Breslin, Erica Klein and Jarrod Cappello.

  
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For Additional Information:
Gary Kroessig, Public Information
Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
973-621-4452 (phone) 973-621-5696 (fax)
gkroessig@freeholders.essexcountynj.org

 

 
 
Board of Chosen Freeholders, County of Essex
Hall of Records - Room 558, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Newark, New Jersey 07102
Tel: (973) 621-4486 Fax: (973) 621-5695