U women lose, tie to close out regular season

The nation’s leading goaltenders, Minnesota sophomore Erica Killewald and Brown’s Ali Brewer, both put on a clinic this weekend at Mariucci Arena.
Fourth-ranked Brown (18-4-4), however, gained the upper hand in the standings, beating the No. 2 Gophers (25-3-3) 2-1 on Friday. Minnesota salvaged a 1-1 tie on Saturday to close out the regular season.
On Saturday, Killewald and Brewer combined to make 57 saves and held their respective opponents scoreless for the first two periods.
Minnesota struck first on a power play early in the third period when sophomore Nadine Muzerall lifted a rebound shot over a pile of bodies for her 24th goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.
But Brown got the equalizer when Jill Graat fired a rebound shot of her own through traffic with just under six minutes remaining in regulation.
ù Minnesota’s seven-game winning streak ended Friday night with the 2-1 loss. The loss also ended Minnesota’s 11-game unbeaten streak at Mariucci.
Brown got on the board first when Marcie Deering carried the puck into the Gophers zone and beat Killewald between the pads.
Sophomore Kris Scholz got the Gophers on the board with a wrap-around short-handed goal with eight minutes left in the second period.
With the game appearing to head into overtime, Deering took a back-handed shot over the net, and then whacked in the rebound from off the glass for a 2-1 score with less than three minutes remaining in the game.
Killewald and Brewer each made 28 saves for their respective teams.
Minnesota will host the Midwest Showdown against St. Cloud State and Bemidji State on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Softball
The 22nd-ranked Gophers softball team extended its winning streak to a school-record 12 games before losing 5-1 to Oregon State at the Troy Cox Softball Classic this weekend in La Cruces, N.M.
Minnesota (15-4) reached the championship bracket of the tournament, but was shutout 5-0 by Texas Tech. Sophomore pitcher Rayny Camachal took the loss.
On Saturday, the Gophers lost to Oregon State 5-1, but still advanced to the championship bracket. Junior Michelle Harrison was the losing pitcher, and senior Shannon Beeler’s home run was the lone run for Minnesota.
The Gophers beat New Mexico St. 11-7, tying a school record with their 12th consecutive win. Harrison was the winning pitcher.
Against Utah, the Gophers rallied from a 4-0 deficit to pull out an 8-5 win. Harrison again was the winner in relief of senior Steph Klaviter, and freshman Jordanne Nygren had three hits, including her eighth home run of the season.
Klaviter won her sixth game of the season in a 3-1 ninth-inning win over Wichita State to open the tournament.
Klaviter entered the game in the eighth inning, and her sixth win gives her 67 for her career, tying Brenda Bixby as the Gophers’ all-time winningest pitcher.
Minnesota will play in the Aggie Invitational II in College Station, Texas this weekend.
Women’s gymnastics
Junior Judy Cavazos won the uneven bars and tied for first on the floor exercise to lead No. 10 Minnesota to a 194.9-194.475 victory over Illinois in Champaign, Ill.
The Gophers set season-highs for total team score, vault, uneven bars and floor exercise.
Cavazos set personal season-highs on the vault (9.75), uneven bars (9.925) and floor exercise (9.9). She placed third in the all-around with a 38.825.
Freshman MaryAnne Kelley and sophomore Shanyn Lancaster helped the Gophers sweep the vault. Freshman Catie Christensen, sophomore Megan Skokut and Cavazos teamed to sweep the uneven bars as well.
Women’s tennis
Minnesota swept its weekend matches, beating Purdue 4-3 and Indiana 5-2 at the 98th Street Racquet Club in Bloomington. The Gophers improved their Big Ten record to 3-0.
Against Purdue, the Gophers lost the doubles point, but junior Nora Sauska, junior Kim Simonsen, senior Alice Rangsithienchai and senior Jana Hrdinova all won their matches to pull off the victory.
For only the second time in school history, Minnesota defeated Indiana, winning two of three doubles matches for the doubles point. The Gophers then got singles wins from Sauska, Simonsen, Rangsithienchai and Hrdinova.
Minnesota will play Purdue Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Northwest Athletic Club in Bloomington.
Men’s gymnastics
No. 5 Illinois defeated the Gophers 225.95-215.5 this weekend in Champaign, Ill.
Senior Jason Krob led the Gophers with a season-high 9.8 on the pommel horse. Krob has now won first-place honors in three of the past five meets.
Freshman Justin Connor took second place on the horizontal bar with an 8.8, and junior Chad Conner tied for third place with a 54.1 in the all-around.