CLARK, NJ - The West Essex field hockey team lost on penalty stroked to Rumson in the semifinal round of the state Group 2 tournament Wednesday night at Johnson High School.

Julia Russo scored for West Essex (21-2-1) with 10:21 left in the first half on a corner from Ellie Decker to tie the game, 1-1. The two teams then battled through a scoreless second half to set up overtime.

After two scoreless overtime periods, Rumson outscored West Essex, 5-4, on penalty strokes to advance to the final. West Essex goalie Tara Smith made 12 saves during regulation and the two overtime periods.