COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 14 Ohio State suffered a 22-13 loss at the hands of No. 18 Northwestern Friday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Ohio State now heads into next weekend's Big Ten tournament in Evanston 11-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten. The tournament bracket will be announced Saturday evening.
Senior Cian Dabrowski led the Buckeyes with four goals and two assists in her final home game while sophomore Molly Wood scored three and had seven draw controls. Northwestern was paced by Selena Lasota's eight goals as the Wildcats improved to 8-8 and 3-2 in the B1G.
Northwestern used a 6-0 run in the second half and ultimately scored 10-of-11 to pull away after Ohio State battled back from a four-goal deficit to tie the game at 11-11 at 25:54.
The Wildcats led 10-7 at the half and added a goal less then 30 seconds into the second on an unassisted goal by Kaleigh Craig. But the Buckeyes responded with four consecutive goals with Rainey Hodgson assisting on three of them. First she found Wood at 28:42 before finding Christine Easton for a goal at 27:29. Then, after Dabrowski cut the lead to one at 26:33, Hodgson found Wood a second time as Wood caught the cross pass in mid-air above her head and slammed a shot past the shoulder of NU keeper Mallory Weisse to tie the game with 25 minutes left.
Unfortunately, Ohio State couldn't get over the hump and take the lead as Lastoa scored five of the next six goals for NU in the decisive run.
In the first half, NU got on the board first just over 2 minutes into the game, but Ohio State responded with three of the next four, capped off when Dabrowski found Wood at 22:21. NU scored five of the next six, however, to take a 6-3 lead. Shannon Rosati halted the run with a free-position goal, the first of her career, at 11:51 of the first half.
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