COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team scored the last five goals of the game to chisel away at a 12-goal deficit, but dropped a 17-10 decision to top-ranked and undefeated Northwestern Wednesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Alayna Markwordt scored a game-high five goals for the Buckeyes (5-3), including the one that started the late-game comeback.

Northwestern (7-0) was led by Katrina Dowd with four goals as the Wildcats lengthened their unbeaten streak to 36 games. The seven-goal differential ties their third-closest game of the year with the five-time defending national champions out-scoring opponents 121-53 on the season.

Kelly Haggerty scored the first goal of the game at 26:55 and the Buckeyes built a 3-2 lead by the 18:59 mark, but an eight-goal scoring run by the Wildcats closed out the half with a 9-2 score in favor of Northwestern. The scoring spree continued into the second period as it stretched the lead to 14-3 with 21:59 to play, despite a tally from Markwordt to break up the run.

The teams swapped scores over the next few minutes, but the Wildcats built their lead to 17-5 to set up the Buckeyes’ comeback attempt. Markwordt started things off at 9:14 and Ohio State rattled off five in a row, including two from Brittney Zerhusen in the final 40 seconds of action.

The Wildcats out-shot Ohio State 43-31 for the game, despite a 20-16 Buckeye advantage in the second half.

The Buckeyes return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday against ALC newcomer Florida at Jesse Owens. The Gators are 6-3 in their inaugural season of women’s lacrosse after defeating Cornell 10-5 Wednesday night.