The Minnesota Daily

All content by David La Vaque

Erickson granted scholarship release

April 18, 2003

Mike Erickson, who left Minnesota's men's hockey program in mid-January for Des Moines of the United States Hockey League, was granted a release of scholarship by Gophers coach Don Lucia. Erickson said...

Captain Potulny remains leader without peer

April 8, 2003

This year, the beards mark Minnesota's Frozen Four run. Last year it was the perms, and next year promises Grant Potulny, it will be beards and perms. As long as the Gophers men's hockey captain is around,...

Sweep of Mankato paced by women’s hockey role players

February 24, 2003

Laura Halldorson knows the value of a goal or an assist to her players' psyches. It's one thing to be a part of the second-best women's hockey team in the WCHA, but it's another to contribute to the box...

Men’s hockey coach Lucia agrees to terms of 7-year deal

February 19, 2003

Don Lucia spent 12 years coaching men's college hockey teams outside Minnesota. Now it appears he will coach in his home state for at least 11 years. Lucia, a Grand Rapids native, has agreed to a seven-year...

Pair of seniors face unhappy endings

February 14, 2003

In the movie Dazed and Confused, there's a scene during the Moon Tower party where teammates and friends Randall "Pink" Floyd and Benny are in the latter's truck discussing Pink's football dilemma. Pink,...

Men’s hoops notch first Big Ten victory

January 21, 2003

It was the sort of afternoon where three-pointers rained down but effort down low reigned supreme. Ten three-pointers sparked Minnesota?s 77-69 victory over Michigan State on Saturday at Williams Arena,...

Huskies forward’s hat trick kills short-staffed Gophers

January 3, 2003

Missing four of his regular forwards to injury, international play and academic dismissal, Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia said prior to Friday's game with St. Cloud State that the Huskies should...

Gophers lack toughness in overtime loss to Texas Tech

December 28, 2002

Though Minnesota's loss to Texas Tech on Saturday would need an extra five minutes of overtime for completion, the Gophers showed early and often that they lacked the toughness to win. The Gophers (6-3)...

Reserves power Gophers 4-2 exhibition win

December 10, 2002

For the goaltender who lost his starting privileges and the senior forward with nine games played in his career, Monday's hockey exhibition between Minnesota and Team Italy meant something extra. The Gophers'...

Local authors give readers celebration of sports history

November 26, 2002

After authoring 18 books, Ross Bernstein decided it was time. His 19th book, "Batter-Up! Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Baseball," gave Bernstein, a University graduate and emerging authority on sports...

Women’s cross country still going strong

October 30, 2002

Don't stand too close to Minnesota's Gary Wilson. You might get hit by lightning. Wilson's women's track and cross country teams have suffered multiple, crucial losses recently, reducing the fire power...

Men’s cross country expects great things at Big Ten meet

October 29, 2002

For five seasons, Minnesota's men's cross country team has proven it belongs among the nation's better programs. The Gophers are one of just nine universities to run at the NCAA championships for five...

Spikers overwhelm Lions in sweep

October 21, 2002

Penn State's eighth-ranked volleyball team arrived at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday at 7-0, the Big Ten's only undefeated team. Solid as oak, the Lions left in pieces following a trip through a wood...

Washington stop is latest in roller coaster ride for men’s golf

October 1, 2002

A reporter made his way out of Murphy Hall last week when he spotted a familiar face in the crowd. "Wilhelm!" the scribe bellowed to Gophers golfer Wilhelm Schauman. The slender Swede stopped, returned...

Captain honors next in long line of accolades for juniors

September 17, 2002

Minnesota's men's hockey team, widely regarded a flagship college hockey program, is currently rudderless. The defending national champions conducted captain's practice on Monday afternoon though captains...

Dear freshmen, won’t you come out to play?

September 10, 2002

Homecoming kings and queens, stars of the gridiron, Ms. Popularities and all other high schoolers new to campus, apologies are in order. Sorry for the long bookstore lines last week, the "Is this Math...

Terrorism concerns postpone WCHA tour

July 29, 2002

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association has indefinitely postponed its All-Star team tour of Italy because of concerns about terrorism, said WCHA Commissioner Bruce McLeod in a statement released Friday. The...

NCAA penalizes women’s hoops

July 8, 2002

After being found guilty of 14 policy violations, Minnesota's women's basketball program received a handful of penalties from the NCAA Committee on Infractions on Tuesday. The committee found 11 major...

Voelz steps down after 14 years spent changing perceptions

June 17, 2002

It's not over for Chris Voelz. The University- by virtue of merging the men's and women's athletics departments - might have quit on her, but Voelz knows her fight continues. Never mind the obvious signs...

Swept by Badgers, softball narrowly misses postseason

May 6, 2002

Minnesota's softball team took the field at the Goodman Complex on Sunday in Madison, Wisc., knowing it must win to have any chance of making its first Big Ten Tournament in three years. During the game,...

Taffe forgoes senior year, signs with Phoenix

April 25, 2002

The day after Minnesota's 4-3 win over Maine in the NCAA men's hockey title game, Gopher fans headed to Mariucci Arena for a salute to their team. Each player was introduced individually and walked onto...

Department merger opens position for new athletics director

April 12, 2002

With the University's dual athletics departments scheduled for a merger as early as July 1, the contracts of current men's director Tom Moe and current women's director Chris Voelz will not be renewed. Both...

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

April 8, 2002

On Friday, Minnesota defenseman Jordan Leopold received the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the best player in college hockey. The Golden Valley native entered a hallowed circle of Gopher greats,...

Potulny an unlikely hero in victory

April 5, 2002

It's hard to believe Grant Potulny is only a sophomore. After all, few players in the rich history of Minnesota hockey can match the impact of the rugged winger. In only two seasons, Potulny lifted the...

Frozen Four sets hockey attendance records

April 5, 2002

All week, Minnesota coach Don Lucia denied any suggestions his team would enjoy home-ice advantage at the Frozen Four. Never mind that the Xcel Energy Center is only a short drive from the University campus;...

Winning chemistry began with former captain

April 3, 2002

Open the 2001 WCHA Final Five program to the section entitled "From the Captain's Chair" and on those pages you'll find Erik Westrum's legacy. Despite a well-earned reputation as one of the league's most...

Men’s swimming heads to nationals gunning for top-10

March 28, 2002

Dennis Dale knows no formula exists for how to properly train his athletes for high profile events, but Minnesota's men's swimming coach is drawing hope from numbers. The Gophers compete at the NCAA championships...

‘Hardwood Heroes’ a full-court press of Minnesota hoops

December 11, 2001

Ross Bernstein, author of several regionally best-selling coffee-table sports books, offers a round ball retrospective in his 11th book, "Hardwood Heroes: Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Basketball." "Hardwood...

Baum finds new perspective as a leader in the pool

November 29, 2001

Over a four-year span in her native Carson City, Nev., Dana Baum racked up a plethora of awards and citations for her swimming skills. Baum graduated from Carson High School in 1999 a two-time swimmer...

Cross country teams prepare for top times at national meet

November 14, 2001

Lisa Dyer became accustomed to success as a cross country and track runner at Moorhead High School. Dyer won the Minnesota Class AA state individual cross country title in 2000, making her the crown jewel...

Thomson gives women’s tennis mental advantage

November 6, 2001

There is no clock adorning the wall in Tyler Thomson's office, but Minnesota's newly hired women's tennis coach knows what time it is. His desk is almost entirely covered with paperwork he's accumulated...

Rowers stay home this weekend to host regatta

October 4, 2001

Saturday's Twin Cities All Comers Regatta, which will kick off Minnesota rowing's 2001-2002 season, is not the event it has been in the past. The regatta, formerly known as the Head of the Mississippi,...

Attorney Duffy in town as federal probe continues

September 26, 2001

Joseph J. Duffy, the Chicago attorney selected to head Minneapolis' self-investigation, arrived Tuesday and began assembling a team of investigators, said City Attorney Jay Heffern. The city investigation...

Students, sports fans react to canceled games, delayed seasons

September 17, 2001

The shockwaves from Tuesday's terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., resonated throughout a weekend devoid of collegiate and professional sporting events. The National Football League...

Minnesota armed forces not deployed, stand ready for action

September 12, 2001

Public relations consultant Gisele McAulisse was at home in Washington, D.C. with her boyfriend Tuesday morning when she heard an explosion and felt the earth shake. She didn't know it then, but her senses...

U defense regains respect by snuffing out Ragin’ Cajuns

September 10, 2001

Minnesota's defense left itself open to a barrage of criticism after a 38-7 loss against Toledo two weeks ago. How best to describe a unit that surrendered 512 yards of Rockets offense? Fans filled in...

Men’s golf coach resigns amid accusations of misusing U money

September 7, 2001

Minnesota men's golf coach John Means resigned Thursday amid controversy surrounding personal airline tickets he charged to the University. Means repaid the money, and an audit of the golf program was...

Oldfield hired to cure U hoops

August 20, 2001

Lindsay Lieser was pumped. The junior guard for the University women's basketball team already knew what was coming, but still brought her own camera to last Friday's press conference to mark the moment. A...

Confident Hargrow ready for collegiate level hoops

August 20, 2001

Timeout was called. Maurice Hargrow put his head down and returned to the bench a little shellshocked. He gazed onto the now-vacant court in a fruitless search for answers. During a Howard Pulley League...

Wrestling coach under fire for misuse of U resources

August 17, 2001

Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson is under investigation once again, this time for using University equipment to solicit funds for Simply Common Sense, an organization founded three years ago to fight...

Mason reaffirms dedication to U, earns players’ trust

August 10, 2001

Over the past two seasons, adjectives like "surprising" and "surging" preceded Minnesota's football team. But a more important component, generated by a poignant team meeting, fuels Minnesota's 2001 squad...

U coach’s wrestling camp examined

August 6, 2001

Spurred by complaints of intimidation and harassment, University officials - including chief of staff Tonya Moten Brown and representatives from the general counsel's office - began investigating wrestling...

Confident Hargrow readies for collegiate level

July 18, 2001

Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series on incoming Minnesota men's basketball recruits. Timeout was called. Maurice Hargrow put his head down and returned to the bench a little shellshocked....

Women’s hoops coach known as team-builder

June 11, 2001

Lindsay Lieser was pumped. The junior guard for the University women's basketball team already knew what was coming, but still brought her own camera to last Friday's press conference to mark the moment. A...

Friends shave heads in solidarity with roommate

June 8, 2001

Ambria Thomas swears this began as a joke, an extreme measure for getting through a difficult situation. A former player for the University women's hockey team, Thomas lived with friend Kim Martin and...

Open letter to next coach of damaged hoops team

June 4, 2001

Dear prospective coach: Somewhere high on your list of goals to accomplish as the University's new women's basketball coach is sure to be winning. Former coach Cheryl Littlejohn, your predecessor, left...

Eight track and field athletes make the cut for NCAA meet

May 30, 2001

Whittled down to six athletes on the men's side and two for the women, Minnesota's track and field teams head to the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore., beginning today and running through June 2. Tom...

Motzko brings solid recruiting track record to men’s hockey

May 23, 2001

The phone is always ringing in Bob Motzko's world, but lately things are getting out of hand. After holding a press conference Monday to announce his acceptance of the assistant men's hockey coach position...

Motzko to fill men’s assistant hockey coach vacancy early this week

May 21, 2001

Bob Motzko, general manager and head coach of the Sioux Falls Stampede, will announce his acceptance of the assistant coach position with the Minnesota's men's hockey team at a press conference in Sioux...

Women’s track finishes third, men fourth, at Big Ten championships

May 21, 2001

Trailing Michigan by three points going into the final event of the Big Ten Outdoor championships, the 4X400 relay, Minnesota caught a break when a Wolverine runner dropped the baton on the last turn. The...