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Docherty rides improvement into NCAA regional

November 8, 2012

Back in September, the Gophers women’s cross country team ran an intrasquad meet that matched the entire team against itself. The winner of the meet was Laura Docherty, and in a sense she hasn’t...

Minnesota forward Zach Budish plays against Minnesota State- Mankato on Friday at Mariucci Arena.

MSU upsets Gophers, earns split

November 5, 2012

MANKATO, Minn. — The Gophers ended their weekend battle against Minnesota State-Mankato with a better idea of just how hard conference games are going to be this season. The second-ranked Gophers...

Minnesota runner Cassy Opitz runs in Rocky’s Run at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Sunday. Opitz was the top woman’s finisher and finished the 6K race in 22:44.

Men place three in top five at Fall Finale

November 5, 2012

Many Gophers cross country runners got one last chance to compete last weekend. With both the men’s and women’s teams resting their top runners for the NCAA regional next Friday, this weekend’s...

Gophers hold on to beat Mankato

November 2, 2012

Minnesota State-Mankato showed the Gophers just how hard conference games are going to be this year. The Gophers defeated the Mavericks 3-2 at Mariucci Arena in the first stanza of a home-and-home series....

Junior defense Nate Schmidt plays against Canisius on Sunday.

Gophers resume conference play vs. MSU-Mankato

November 1, 2012

Last weekend was an unusual one for the Gophers, who played an exhibition game and a nonconference opponent while taking a day off Saturday. This weekend, things return to normal. The Gophers (4-1-0, 1-1-0...

Rocky’s Run marks end of season for most runners as top athletes rest

November 1, 2012

The Gophers men’s cross country team will travel to St. John’s this weekend for the Fall Finale, where its second group of runners will end the season against lesser competition. “The...

Sophomore forward Christian Isackson plays against Canisius on Sunday at Mariucci Arena.

Isackson makes sophomore surge

October 30, 2012

The media’s first comment to Gophers forward Christian Isackson this fall was an unusual one. “We never interviewed you last season.” And for good reason. Isackson played in only 11 games...

Women place 4th, men 5th at Big Ten meet

October 29, 2012

Laura Docherty never finished in the top 10 in the state of Minnesota during her high school career. As a junior in college, she hadn’t finished in the top 10 at the Big Ten championships —...

Gritty play leads to tie, win at Mariucci

October 29, 2012

The Gophers’ performance this weekend was gritty — but not pretty. Minnesota hung on to beat Canisius 1-0 Sunday  after tying the U.S. Under-18 team 2-2 in an exhibition game Friday night.  Sophomore...

Gophers tie U.S. Under-18 team

October 26, 2012

Minnesota sat in an uncomfortable spot after one period Friday night — trailing the U.S. Under-18 team 2-0 in an exhibition game. The Gophers came back to salvage a 2-2 tie at Mariucci Arena. In...

Pair of low-key games await No. 2 Gophers

October 25, 2012

Minnesota’s competition this weekend will feature a program it’s never played before and a team that features one of its own recruits. Minnesota (3-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) will play the USA Under-18...

Teams focus on strong start at Big Ten meet

October 25, 2012

Both the men’s and women’s Gophers cross country teams will roll into East Lansing, Mich., for the Big Ten championships this weekend with a familiar strategy: start strong. Both teams will...

Lucia earns 600th win in split

October 22, 2012

The Gophers were flying high following an opening-weekend sweep of Michigan State. This weekend, Michigan Tech brought them back to earth. The Huskies and Gophers split their Western Collegiate Hockey...

Junior Cassy Opitz runs at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday. Opitz was the first women's finisher and crossed the line in 22:30.01.

Opitz places first at Jack’s Run while top runners rest

October 22, 2012

No other teams competed, but Gophers athletes were smiling like they won after Jack’s Run on Saturday. The reason for the jovial attitudes and lack of competing teams was that Jack’s Run is...

Slow start leads to Gophers’ first loss

October 19, 2012

The Gophers learned Friday that they won’t all be easy. Michigan Tech handed Minnesota its first loss of the season Friday, riding a fast start to its 5-3 victory. The Gophers came into the game...

Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad fights the puck away from Lethbridge goalie Dylan Tait on Oct. 6 at Mariucci Arena.

Improved Michigan Tech team awaits

October 18, 2012

Minnesota owns a 172-77-15 all-time record against Michigan Tech. Lately, though, those wins have gotten harder to come by. The Gophers and Huskies will face off in their final Western Collegiate Hockey...

Women host 6th annual Jack’s Run at Les Bolstad

October 18, 2012

The level of competition at Saturday’s Jack’s Run will be low — but that doesn’t mean that the stakes aren’t high. The race, which will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday at...

Bjugstad named WCHA’s offensive player of the week

October 16, 2012

Nick Bjugstad scored both game-winning goals last weekend in the Gophers' season-opening sweep of Michigan State. On Tuesday, the WCHA rewarded his efforts by naming him its offensive player of the...

Gophers grab top spot in both polls

October 15, 2012

The Gophers men's hockey team's sweep of Michigan State last weekend impressed a lot of people, including the voters in the USCHO.com poll. Minnesota jumped ahead of Boston College to take the...

Wk1: Minnesota forward Hannah Brandt controls the puck Oct. 6 at Ridder Arena against St. Cloud State. (Ichigo Takikawa, file photo)

Fast starts help Gophers sweep MSU

October 15, 2012

Through one series, the Gophers looked to have picked up right where they left off. Minnesota swept its season-opening series with Michigan State at Mariucci Arena, winning 5-1 Friday and 7-1 Saturday. With...

Women finish respectably at Adidas Invite

October 15, 2012

The Gophers women’s cross country team left room for improvement, but it managed a respectable 16th-place finish in the 48-team Wisconsin Adidas Invitational over the weekend in Madison, Wis. The...

Gophers trounce Michigan State in opener

October 12, 2012

Through one game, the Gophers look like they’ve figured out a way to win with an inexperienced goaltender: Score a lot of goals and don’t give up a lot of shots. Minnesota came out of the gates...

Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad corrals the puck during a game against Lethbridge last Saturday at Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota seeks redemption vs. MSU

October 11, 2012

The Gophers have started their last couple of seasons with teams that could be called cupcakes. But this season, few would compare Michigan State to a pastry. Minnesota and Michigan State will meet this...

Minnesota John Simons outsprints Iowa state Mohamed Hrezi at the finish of Men's Division I Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 29 at Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn.

Men, women head east for pivotal Wisconsin Adidas Invitational

October 11, 2012

The season is almost halfway over for the Gophers men’s cross country team as it prepares to compete in its biggest regular-season event this weekend. The Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, hosted by...

Glen Perkins pitches during the last inning against Detroit Tiger on Sept. 30 at Target Field. Perkins has been playing 7 years for Twins after playing 2 years for Minnesota.

Perkins finds success amid struggles

October 10, 2012

Glen Perkins’ road to the major leagues featured a lot of adversity — much like the 2012 Minnesota Twins’ season. But Perkins, a former Gophers starting pitcher, had a solid individual...

Minnesota defender fights for the puck during Saturday's game against Lethbridge at Mariucci Arena.

Isackson stars in 7-0 exhibition win

October 8, 2012

Sophomore Christian Isackson scored the first three goals of his college career Saturday at Mariucci Arena — even though his season statistics won’t show it. Isackson lit the lamp twice during...

Conference preview: Minnesota leads pack in final WCHA season

October 4, 2012

This is the last year for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association — or at least as it’s known now. Minnesota and Wisconsin will join Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State in...

Minnesota forward Erik Haula plays during the NCAA West regional final against North Dakota State on March 25 at the Xcel Energy Center.

Gophers prep for prance to Pittsburgh

October 4, 2012

Oh, what a difference a year makes. The Gophers men’s hockey team enters the season highly ranked in both preseason polls and is a favorite to return to the Frozen Four. Last year, the team was coming...

Season opens with home exhibition vs. Lethbridge

October 4, 2012

The game won’t count, but Gophers fans will get their first look at this year’s men’s hockey squad Saturday night. Minnesota will entertain Lethbridge, a Canadian university, at Mariucci...

Vanek to play overseas during NHL lockout

October 2, 2012

Former Gophers hockey player and current Buffalo Sabres member Thomas Vanek will play in his native Austria during the NHL lockout. Vanek will play for the Graz 99ers of the Erste Bank Hockey League, and...

Gophers rank second in USCHO.com poll

October 2, 2012

The USCHO.com preseason poll for college men's hockey came out Monday, and it gave the Gophers less respect than the USA Today/USA Hockey poll, which was released in late September. Minnesota sits...

Minnesota junior Laura Docherty runs at the Jack Johnson Women's Gold - Division I on Saturday at Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn. Docherty took fourth place at the Roy Griak Invitational.

For Gophers men, 27th time is the charm at Griak

October 1, 2012

With the loss of Hassan Mead to graduation, it was evident that the Gophers men’s cross country team would have to rely on a consistent group of runners and not one superstar this season. That exact...

Roy Griak, the Roy Griak Invitational’s namesake, is in his 15th year as an administrative assistant for the Gophers after serving as the men’s cross country head coach for 33 years.

Minnesota remembers coach with annual Roy Griak Invitational

September 27, 2012

Roy Griak didn’t want to have a race named after him, but Gophers head women’s cross country coach Gary Wilson told him he had no choice. “I said, ‘You don’t have a vote....

Funky scheduling weakens Griak field

September 27, 2012

Thanks to some funky scheduling, this year’s Roy Griak Invitational won’t have as strong of a field as in the past. “It’s a screwed-up calendar this year, and there’s seven...

Minnesota cross country runner John Simons transferred to the team after a year at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Now in his second season competing with the Gophers, Simons says his goal is to make the national team.

Simons bounces back at Minnesota

September 25, 2012

John Simons always wanted to run for the Gophers — but after high school, it just wasn’t in the cards. The redshirt junior from Hartland, Wis., put it simply by saying that he wasn’t...

Gophers hockey shares top spot in preseason poll

September 24, 2012

The Gophers men’s hockey team will open the 2012-13 season with the No. 1 ranking, according to the USA Today/USA Hockey preseason poll, but it will share the honors with the team that ended its...

Gophers win UW-Blugold Invite

September 24, 2012

Competing without its top runners, the Gophers women’s cross country team dominated inferior competition over the weekend to win its third straight event. Minnesota finished with 34 team points,...

Gophers’ Connor Reilly to miss season with knee injury

September 20, 2012

The Gophers men’s hockey strong corps of incoming freshmen got a little thinner Thursday when it was announced that freshman forward Connor Reilly had suffered a season-ending injury. According to...

Second pack of runners makes push for Wisconsin

September 20, 2012

It might seem safe to assume that when the Gophers women’s cross country team travels to an event hosted by a Division II school, the weekend will be low-key. That’s far from this case. For...

Second round sinks Gophers’ golfers

September 19, 2012

Gophers head men’s golf coach John Carlson has made it known that he wants his team to finish strong. He got his wish this week, as Minnesota had a solid first and third round but a poor second round...

Men finish 2nd, women 1st in Friday races

September 17, 2012

The Gophers men’s cross country team ran well — but not well enough — to beat a strong Brigham Young University team in its first full-squad competition Friday in Provo, Utah. BYU won...

Gophers finish seventh at Mary Fossum Invitational

September 17, 2012

The Gophers women’s golf team kicked off the fall portion of its season with a seventh-place showing at the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Mich. Junior Banchalee Theinthong (74-74-77—225)...

Freshman Alex Brend runs at the Oz Memorial meet Sept. 7. Brend was the top team finisher at the event.

Men seek improvement in top runners’ debut

September 13, 2012

The Gophers men’s cross country team will look to improve upon its disappointing fourth-place finish in its opening event last weekend when it travels to Provo, Utah, for the Autumn Classic this...

Newfound confidence fuels Docherty

September 12, 2012

The women’s cross country season is only two events in, but junior Laura Docherty has established herself as the Gophers’ top runner after winning both of them. Granted, one race was an intrasquad...

Gophers hockey left off national TV schedule

September 12, 2012

The Gophers men’s hockey team made it to the Frozen Four last year, but it will not make an appearance on any of the 24 college hockey games broadcast nationally by NBC Sports Network this season. This...

Minnesota finishes 13th in Gopher Invitational

September 11, 2012

Plagued by slow starts throughout much of last spring, the Gophers men’s golf team began the same way this fall. This time, however, a strong field was partly to blame. Minnesota finished 13th out...

Women dominate Oz; men struggle

September 10, 2012

Out of the top 20 finishers in the women’s cross country race at the Oz Memorial last Friday, only three did not don maroon and gold. The Gophers produced the top 11 finishers and 17 of the top 20...

Missed opportunities cost Gophers in OT loss

September 7, 2012

Despite accumulating more shots, corner kicks and scoring opportunities, the Gophers soccer team fell 1-0 to 20th-ranked San Diego State on Friday at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. SDSU’s Megan Jurado...

Freshman Molly Kayfes, center, runs beside Senior Stephanie Price Saturday, Sept. 24th in the Roy Griak Invitational on the St. Paul Campus.

Gophers open season with Oz Memorial

September 6, 2012

The men’s and women’s cross country teams will begin their respective seasons Friday at home by running at the familiar Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. The Oz Memorial, which...

Van Rooyen, Theinthong named second team All-Big Ten

May 2, 2012

  Junior Erik Van Rooyen of the Gophers men’s golf team and sophomore Banchalee Theinthong of the women’s team were both named to the All-Big Ten team on the second team Tuesday. Van Rooyen...