The Minnesota Daily

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Baseball three wins shy of another Big Ten title

May 9, 2003

After Minnesota's baseball team wrote down its goals before the season started, coach John Anderson left the team with one message. "You say a lot of things, but words don't do it for you," Anderson said....

Woodrow’s record tops solid pitching weekend

May 5, 2003

A fastball low and away was the finishing touch. In the third inning of Saturday's first game at Siebert Field, Minnesota pitcher C.J. Woodrow coaxed Purdue second baseman Nick McIntyre to foul tip his...

Gophers back at Siebert Field after 10-game road trip

May 2, 2003

It's been 19 days since Minnesota's baseball team has suited up for a contest at Siebert Field. But tonight the Gophers finally kick off a four game series against Purdue in the stadium they call home. Minnesota...

Cornhuskers’ bats too much for Gophers baseball

May 1, 2003

After grinding through two weeks and ten games away from Siebert Field, Minnesota's baseball team wanted to come home on a positive note. But fourth-ranked Nebraska (34-11) proved too much for the road-weary...

Baseball finally beats Panthers

April 24, 2003

Minnesota's baseball team finally figured out those pesky Panthers. After losing three straight games dating back to last season, the Gophers defeated Northern Iowa 10-5 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday...

Perkins’ pitching helps Gophers in recent games, draws national attention

April 23, 2003

Minnesota pitcher Glen Perkins has a classic case of ants in the pants. "He has a hard time sitting still," coach John Anderson said. "He hates sitting in the dugout, he hates coming to the park when he's...

Roth won’t return to Gophers

April 23, 2003

Rachael Roth, Minnesota's soccer team's offensive leader and Second Team All-Big Ten selection, has quit the team and will forgo her senior season. According to Roth, the decision to leave was made in...

Baseball splits games at Illinois

April 21, 2003

Before Minnesota's baseball team practiced last Wednesday, center fielder Sam Steidl addressed his team's undefeated conference record with some caution. "We're not going to win every game in the Big Ten,"...

U baseball: The hits keep on coming

April 18, 2003

Three years ago, Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson saw a slew of talented youngsters on his squad, but with the structure of the professional draft, he had no idea what his team would look like a...

Elements not enough to stop baseball from rolling

April 16, 2003

Not even lightning can stop Minnesota's baseball team this season. Home plate umpire Greg Holman suspended play at 7:30 during Tuesday night's game between the Gophers and St. Cloud State after an intense...

Sloppy play breaks baseball’s win streak

April 10, 2003

Solid defense and intensity have played an integral role for Minnesota's baseball team this season and were largely responsible for the Gophers' seven-game winning streak entering Wednesday's game with...

Two and through: Gophers’ Rickert to test NBA waters

April 9, 2003

Less than three years ago, Rick Rickert backed out of a verbal commitment to Arizona to play basketball for Minnesota. But in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Rickert announced his decision to...

Rickert expected to decide hoops future in a week

April 4, 2003

Minnesota's men's basketball team never got a taste of National Invitational Tournament victory while in Madison Square Garden. The Gophers (19-14) lost two games in New York, and couldn't even get a lead...

Texas Tech game could be Rickert’s last as a Gopher

April 3, 2003

With one game left, win or lose, in Minnesota's men's basketball team's season, there is really only one question left to answer. And just for the record, it's not which team will emerge victorious in...

U’s title shot blocked by Georgetown in 88-74 loss

April 2, 2003

With 1:19 to play and Minnesota's men's basketball team down nine, the Gophers needed a defensive stop to keep their hopes of a National Invitation Tournament title game appearance alive. But Georgetown's...

Sweetney proves too much for Gophers inside

April 2, 2003

Georgetown center Mike Sweetney received the ball in the post, and was fouled by Jeff Hagen with 2:53 to play in the first half. The bad part for Minnesota was as a result, Sweetney hit his 10th and 11th...

Men’s hoops faces latest ‘Hoya Destroya’ Sweetney

April 1, 2003

Ten years and one day ago, National Invitation Tournament Most Valuable Player Voshon Lenard led Minnesota's men's basketball team to the NIT title over Georgetown. Tonight, the Gophers face the Hoyas...

Temple next in line of trying NIT foes

March 27, 2003

In every game of the National Invitation Tournament, Minnesota's men's basketball team has been forced to exorcise evil spirits that kept them out of the Big Dance. In the first round, Minnesota went into...

Inside work propels Gophers past Warriors in second half

March 25, 2003

For 28 minutes, Minnesota's men's basketball team couldn't get over the hump. Things bottomed out when the Gophers found themselves down nine with just over 17 minutes to play. Then Minnesota's offense...

Determined men’s hoops beats Hawaii 84-70 in NIT

March 25, 2003

Minnesota's men's basketball team could have just thrown in the towel. The Gophers could have succumbed to Hawaii's early hot shooting and exited the National Invitation Tournament in the second round...

Gophers host NIT second round

March 24, 2003

In a perfect world for Minnesota's men's basketball team, the Gophers would currently be preparing for a trip to Albany, N.Y. and a sweet sixteen game in the NCAA tournament. Instead, Minnesota (17-12)...

NIT bound: Men’s hoops loses without much fight

March 14, 2003

CHICAGO - The dancing shoes can stay in storage. After a 76-64 loss to 10th-seeded Northwestern on Thursday, Minnesota's men's basketball team has now done everything in its power to keep the NCAA tournament...

Gophers show little intensity in crunch time

March 14, 2003

CHICAGO - Minnesota's men's basketball team's 76-64 first-round Big Ten tournament loss to Northwestern on Thursday came after an interesting sign. "We had a horrible practice yesterday," Wildcats coach...

Pair of seniors feeling weight of last Big Dance chance

March 13, 2003

Kevin Burleson has certainly rested better. But it comes as no surprise, considering his childhood dream of playing in the NCAA tournament is in danger of playing out only in his slumber. "I could hardly...

Gophers dropped at Illinois by 24

March 10, 2003

ICHAMPAIGN, Ill. - t looked like Minnesota might have a chance. With 14:30 to play, the Gophers men's basketball team was down only six points to an Illinois squad that blew out its last three opponents...

Gophers head to Illinois for finale

March 7, 2003

When Minnesota's men's basketball team faced Illinois at Williams Arena in its final regular season game last year, the Gophers needed a win to get off the NCAA tournament bubble. But this year's regular...

Holman’s 17 points not enough to counter Hoosiers perimeter game

March 5, 2003

JBLOOMINGTON, Ind. - erry Holman gave it everything he could. After taking Sunday's loss to Wisconsin on Minnesota's senior night personally, Holman hoped to rain on Indiana's senior day parade. Holman...

Hot-shooting Hoosiers out duel men’s hoops 74-70

March 5, 2003

NBLOOMINGTON, Ind. - o matter what matchup problems Minnesota's men's basketball team can cause any opponent on any night, the Gophers have continually lived and died by the three-pointer this season. So...

Men’s hoops tripped up by first-place Badgers 69-61

March 3, 2003

Sunday was a golden opportunity for Minnesota's men's basketball team. With a victory, the Gophers would've moved into a third place tie in the Big Ten, and needed only one more conference win to all but...

Men’s hoops cold shooting equals loss

February 27, 2003

It's difficult enough to win a basketball game on the road in the Big Ten without suffering a poor shooting night. But Minnesota's men's basketball team found out in its 71-61 loss to Michigan State that...

Michigan State trip starts torrid stretch of Big Ten games for Gophers

February 26, 2003

It's been on the schedule, staring down Minnesota's men's basketball team all season. When the schedule came out in September, the final four-game run looked daunting, like the steep, first drop of a roller...

Win ties Gophers for third in Big Ten

February 24, 2003

Dan Monson said it himself after Minnesota's men's basketball team's contest with Penn State on Saturday night. "We didn't probably play our best game that we have here in the last couple of weeks. We...

Men’s hoops regains grip to win 73-61

February 20, 2003

EVANSTON, Ill. - Nobody would've blamed the 4,088 in Welsh-Ryan Arena for leaving Wednesday night's basketball game between Northwestern and Minnesota at halftime. The Gophers held the Wildcats to 26.1-percent...

Gophers surging into Evanston

February 18, 2003

Minnesota's men's basketball team will likely finish the season with a losing record on the road. Heck, the Gophers need to go undefeated over their last four games away from Williams Arena just to finish...

Bauer’s three-point shower leads U to win

February 13, 2003

Michael Bauer has hit big three-pointers before. Wednesday night, he hit three of them. With Minnesota's men's basketball team tied at 60 with Iowa on Wednesday night, Bauer hit back-to-back threes, followed...

Undermanned Iowa next for men’s basketball

February 12, 2003

It was bad news for Ben Johnson, but it sort of made sense. Three days after his best performance in a Minnesota jersey, a 15-point outing against Purdue on Saturday, Johnson was diagnosed with mononucleosis. The...

Rickert, Johnson spur U to win over Purdue

February 10, 2003

Things haven't been easy for Ben Johnson. After moving from starter to reserve and seeing his minutes dwindle recently, the guard's numbers - and confidence - took a hit. But in Minnesota's men's basketball...

Go-to guy Rickert not making shots

February 7, 2003

Minnesota forward Rick Rickert needs to shoot the basketball more. Sure, the Gophers (12-7, 4-4 Big Ten) have plenty of options on the offensive end, but only one comes with a coaches' pick as preseason...

Bad shot selection gives U road loss

February 6, 2003

Maybe somebody switched the game plans before Wednesday night's contest. Minnesota's men's basketball team was supposed to do in Ohio State with a full bench and a size advantage in the paint. Instead,...

Big men will dictate cagers’ fortunes on the road

February 5, 2003

Minnesota's men's basketball team has won on the road once. But with five of their final nine games on the road, the Gophers need to improve drastically on their 1-4 mark away from Williams Arena if they...

Hagen, U big men key 87-80 win over Michigan

February 3, 2003

Jeff Hagen, and one. Jeff Hagen, and one. Jeff Hagen, and one. Three times in a 1:33 stretch during the second half of Minnesota's men's basketball team's 87-80 win over Michigan, Hagen received the ball...

Gophers hope to find defense for Michigan game

January 31, 2003

With 7.6 seconds left in Wednesday night's 76-75 win over Penn State, Minnesota forward Rick Rickert told his teammates he'd sink both of his free throws to give the Gophers the lead. As promised, Rickert...

Men’s hoops squeak past Lions 76-75

January 30, 2003

The only difference between an almost certain one-way ticket to the NIT and new life in Minnesota's men's basketball team's quest for a Big Ten title was Michael Bauer's fingertips. Bauer's right hand...

Penn State game looking critical for Gophers

January 29, 2003

Maybe the trouble stems from homesickness. Perhaps jetlag has caused the problem. But whatever ailment has caused Minnesota's men's basketball team to start its season 0-4 on the road could be cured by...

Gophers pull away in second half for 74-57 win

January 27, 2003

Maurice Hargrow went to the locker room of Saturday's game against Northwestern with his ego bruised. After building a 13-point first half advantage, Minnesota's men's basketball team fell asleep, allowing...

Gophers’ collapse gives Michigan 12th straight win

January 23, 2003

The defense softened like butter in a microwave, the offense disappeared like a scarf from David Copperfield's hand and late turnovers proved costly as Minnesota's men's basketball team's chance to cease...

Michigan basketball rebounds in face of turmoil

January 22, 2003

When Dan Monson arrived at Minnesota in 1999, he was in the same shoes Michigan men's basketball coach Tommy Amaker now dons. After the Wolverines self-imposed sanctions stemming from investigations of...

2nd Big Ten loss gives Gophers inauspicious conference start

January 15, 2003

The Big Ten season is just over a week old, but Wednesday's night's 50-64 loss at Wisconsin for Minnesota's men's basketball team was as big as a game can get in the month of January. The Gophers (8-5,...

Horrendous shooting hurts Gophers in 76-70 loss to Illini

January 7, 2003

With 12-and-a-half minutes left in Minnesota's men's basketball team's 76-70 loss to Illinois, it appeared the Gophers were gaining momentum. They came back from a three-point halftime deficit to go up...

Tired men’s basketball team limps into fifth game in 10 days

December 13, 2002

It's been a long week for Minnesota's men's basketball team. The Gophers are on the verge of playing their fifth game in 10 days Friday night against Fairleigh Dickinson. "We're tired," forward Michael...

OT win enables Gophers to overcome themselves

December 11, 2002

The faint of heart need not apply at Williams Arena. As the final seconds of overtime ticked away Tuesday night, all 12,066 in attendance breathed a collective sigh of relief. Minnesota's men's basketball...

Men’s hoops stumbles early in 20-point loss at Nebraska

December 9, 2002

With just over seven minutes left in Minnesota's men's basketball game at Nebraska, Brent Lawson air-balled a jumper. Michael Bauer corralled the rebound but missed a wide open lay-up. It was just that...

Clutch play tempered by questionable decisions

December 6, 2002

In each of its last two games, Minnesota's men's basketball team squeaked by with victories decided in the final seconds. But neither game should have come down to the wire. Against Georgia Tech on Wednesday...

Yellow Jackets push ‘U’ hoops to brink, lose 64-63

December 5, 2002

On Saturday, forward Michael Bauer beat a team from Georgia at the last second, but Wednesday night was Rick Rickert's turn. After a sloppy but competitive 39 minutes and 53 seconds of basketball, Rickert...

Yellow Jackets bring tough ‘D’ to town

December 4, 2002

After Michael Bauer sank an off-balanced three-pointer at the buzzer to give Minnesota's men's basketball team a 72-69 victory over Georgia on Saturday, Bulldogs coach Jim Harrick expressed some surprise...

Bauer’s three-pointer gives ‘U’ dramatic win

December 2, 2002

With 10.5 seconds left in Minnesota's men's basketball game against Georgia on Saturday and the game tied at 69, Rick Rickert threw the ball in to Kevin Burleson - option one. Rickert set a screen for...

Men’s hoops look to rebound against No. 17 Georgia

November 27, 2002

After his team blew a 23-point halftime lead Sunday to squeak by UNC Asheville by six, Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson said his team wasn't ready to play 17th-ranked Georgia. They now have...

Second-half slump causes concern for men’s hoops

November 25, 2002

Minnesota's men's basketball team made its season opener against University of North Carolina at Asheville a little more exciting than most anticipated Sunday ñ and not in a good way. After leading the...

Men’s basketball team ready to justify ranking

November 22, 2002

For the first time since March 18, Minnesota's men's basketball team will take the floor at Williams Arena for a game that actually means something. On Sunday at 1 p.m., the 24th ranked Gophers take on...

Men’s hoops sign solid California duo to letters of intent

November 20, 2002

Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson announced Tuesday the signing of two California prep standouts to national letters of intent. Wesley Washington and Kerry Woolridge will both be eligible to...

Tension, poor morale cause three-year funk for soccer team

November 20, 2002

At a soccer practice in early October, a lone ball sat in the wind and rain far away from the practice field next to Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. Written on the ball in faded permanent marker was the...

Men’s hoops find layups plentiful in rout of Team Nike

November 18, 2002

Pre-game layup drills generally aren't indicative of what a game is going to be like, but Minnesota's men's basketball team didn't seem to understand that on Sunday. The Gophers ran past, sliced through...

Holman ready to showcase skills on court

November 15, 2002

Jerry Holman is at a crossroads. The 6-foot-10 Minnesota center has steadily improved during his college career at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and last season with the Gophers. But this...

Collins kicked off men’s hoops team for rules violations

November 13, 2002

Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson announced Tuesday that sophomore guard Kris Collins has been dismissed from the team for repeated rules violations in regards to his academic responsibilities. "I...

Men’s hoops win despite iffy rebounding

November 11, 2002

What was the Gophers' reward for their 96-74 victory over Minnesota State, Mankato, on Friday night? Forty minutes of rebounding drills on Saturday. The men's basketball team showed positive signs on both...

Men’s hoops take on Mankato

November 8, 2002

After nearly a month of practice, Minnesota's men's basketball team finally gets a chance to measure its progress on Friday. The Gophers square off with Minnesota State, Mankato at Williams Arena in their...

Police forsake friendship, prefer parking tickets

November 8, 2002

I remember my elementary school days at Our Lady of Grace School in Highland, Ind. Police officer Pete Nelson, "Officer Friendly," would come to my school and talk to my class a few times per year. On...

Men’s hoops taking No. 24 preseason rank in stride

November 5, 2002

For the first time in the Dan Monson coaching era, Minnesota's men's basketball team can boast a top-25 ranking. The Gophers, who have received votes in both major polls the last two seasons, are ranked...

New tennis facility gives Minnesota the advantage

October 31, 2002

Minnesota men's tennis coach David Geatz has waited for 15 years for it. Women's tennis coach Tyler Thomson didn't even know it was coming when he first interviewed for his position. But it's finally ready. The...

Rickert fueling renewed optimism

October 30, 2002

This season there are no excuses. After two NIT appearances and two second-round exits the last two seasons, Minnesota's men's basketball team has higher expectations. But this year the expectations aren't...

Departure of Jeffries brings Indiana back down to earth

October 28, 2002

CHICAGO - Not many players in college basketball can dramatically affect his team's preseason ranking just by leaving school early. But former Indiana big man Jared Jeffries can. "Losing Jared Jeffries...

Rivalry heats up as Wisconsin’s soccer team comes to town

October 25, 2002

It might be hard for a team with no postseason hopes to stay motivated for its last three games of the regular season. But for Minnesota's soccer team, all that's needed is one word: Wisconsin. "It's a...

Roth gets her kicks for Gophers soccer

October 24, 2002

Rachael Roth has always stood out on the soccer field. At first, she was the little girl with the big bow in her hair. From her first day of kindergarten when her mom made her wear the bow to school until...

Freshmen add much-needed depth to U’s talent pool

October 22, 2002

Dan Monson is facing a dilemma he hasn't needed to address since coming to Minnesota's men's basketball team in 1999: too many players, not enough minutes. But Monson has certainly dealt with worse. "In...

Soccer out of postseason picture

October 21, 2002

Who knew one kick could be so devastating? After playing a scoreless 106 minutes and 43 seconds in cold weather and snow Sunday afternoon, Ohio State's Jen Miller snuffed Minnesota's remaining flicker...

Soccer’s Big Ten tourney chances dimmer as Lions come to town

October 18, 2002

When Penn State's soccer team arrives at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Friday night, two longtime friends will be reunited. Minnesota senior defender Meghan Jones and Lions forward Heidi Drummond were...

Soccer suffers second straight winless weekend

October 14, 2002

After stunning then 14th ranked Michigan at home three weekends ago, Minnesota's soccer team has yet to come up with another win. This weekend, the Gophers tied Wisconsin-Milwaukee and then dropped their...

Soccer nearly out of tourney picture

October 9, 2002

Minnesota's soccer team experienced a bit of deja vu last weekend. Four Sundays ago, the Gophers defeated regionally-ranked Cincinnati at home then dropped two Big Ten road games. Two Sundays ago, Minnesota...

Soccer drops two road matches to Big Ten foes

October 7, 2002

Minnesota's soccer team lost two crucial road games over the weekend, dimming its hopes for a Big Ten tournament berth. The Gophers (6-5, 1-5 Big Ten) lost their fourth game of the season by a 1-0 score...

Must-win matches await streaky soccer team on the road

October 4, 2002

Almost three weeks ago, Minnesota's soccer team beat regionally ranked Cincinnati to build momentum before going on the road for two Big Ten games. But the Gophers lost both games 1-0 and were forced to...

Lupus unable to ruin Hesse’s college soccer dream

October 2, 2002

In her 10 year soccer career, Minnesota midfielder Kyndra Hesse has battled tough opponents at the high school, club and Division I levels. But through it all, Hesse's toughest opponent has literally been...

Two injuries mar Big Ten home opener for soccer

September 30, 2002

In two crucial games over the weekend, Minnesota's soccer team went 1-3, taking into account two crucial injuries. The lone victory was the Gophers' biggest of the season emotionally and numerically, as...

Pair of critical conference games await soccer team

September 27, 2002

In an intense workout before Wednesday's practice, Minnesota soccer coach Barbara Wickstrand fired shots at goalkeeper Karli Kopietz. Kopietz let two balls slip into the goal, then let a popular profanity...

Improved soccer team sets sights on roadvictories this season

September 20, 2002

Minnesota forward Rachael Roth and goalkeeper Karli Kopietz both received individual accolades this week for their performances against Iowa State and Cincinnati last weekend. Roth scored two game winning...

Gophers in hunt for Big Ten soccer title after lean year

September 19, 2002

Who would've guessed it? Last year Minnesota's soccer team finished 10th in the Big Ten, scored nine goals and had the worst overall winning percentage (.294) in the league. But with conference play on...

Soccer ups win streak to five games

September 16, 2002

In the 80th minute of Sunday's soccer game against Minnesota, Cincinnati midfielder Ashley Roush ran off the field crying after being issued her second yellow card of the game. Her teammates left the field...

Soccer kicks offense into higher gear

September 13, 2002

Off to its best start of the Barbara Wickstrand era, Minnesota's soccer team takes to the road Friday for a matchup with Iowa State before hosting Cincinnati on Sunday. Thanks to a rejuvenated offense,...

Hahn wrestles with new realities on home front

September 11, 2002

Since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, Gophers wrestler Damion Hahn has come to a realization. The United States of America is much like Minnesota's wrestling squad. "Minnesota is a top program, but...

Soccer team gets physical in 3-2 win Sunday

September 9, 2002

To the delight of the 523 soccer fans at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie stadium on Sunday watching Minnesota defeat Colorado 3-2, referee Siavosh Rahimi seemed to have control of one situation during the first...

Plethora of new faces playing into soccer lineup

September 6, 2002

A quick glance at the players sitting around Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Tuesday before practice looked more like some sort of college orientation than a soccer team preparing for a game. Of course,...

Fresh faces give women’s soccer new hope

September 3, 2002

After two straight losing seasons, Minnesota’s women’s soccer team has reloaded with youth, a new approach and a new attitude. The Gophers 2001 campaign (5-12, 3-7 Big Ten) was their worst...

Iowa up next for sizzling Gophers baseball

May 10, 2002

Minnesota's baseball team is currently riding an 11-game winning streak, and if history is any indication of what this weekend will bring, the Gophers could come out of Sunday on a 15-game tear. The reason?...

Anderson ties wins record in baseball sweep

May 7, 2002

Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson once again etched his name in the University's record books on Monday. Thanks to his team's 15-2 slaughtering of Purdue to sweep the four-game series, Anderson tied...

Three wins move baseball into first

May 6, 2002

Despite cancelled games, cold weather, limited practice time and a young team, Minnesota's baseball squad has pushed on this season. All year long, coach John Anderson has said his team possesses the right...

Pivotal series awaits baseball in West Lafayette

May 3, 2002

Beneath a bright blue sky on Thursday afternoon, Minnesota's baseball team enjoyed a relaxed, optional practice at Siebert Field. With country music blaring through the crackling speakers at the ballpark,...

Gophers lay waste to Division III Hamline 26-5

May 1, 2002

The scene at Siebert Field Tuesday night was ugly. But it wasn't because of wind, rain, or snow, as it has been lately. Instead, the bats of Minnesota's baseball team were the culprits. In a game that...

Sweep brightens baseball’s shortened weekend

April 29, 2002

Minnesota's baseball team arrived at Siebert Field on Sunday morning to prepare for a doubleheader against Indiana, after Saturday's scheduled twin bill was cancelled due to inclement weather. But instead...

Hot-hitting Indiana brings big sticks to Siebert

April 26, 2002

Minnesota's baseball team is set to begin the second half of its Big Ten season this weekend against Indiana. Currently the Hoosiers and Michigan State sit tied at a half game ahead of the fourth place...

Loberg assists depleted pitching staff in U’s 8-5 win

April 24, 2002

Freshman pitcher Matt Loberg earned his first collegiate victory Tuesday night at Siebert Field, as Minnesota topped Division III St. Scholastica 8-5. Big deal? Well, yes actually. This week is a crucial...

Problems add up for struggling baseball

April 22, 2002

A list of what didn't go wrong for Minnesota's baseball team might be shorter than one of what did this weekend in its series with Illinois. Injuries, walks, lack of timely hitting, inexperience, errors...