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Hope Brandner stands on base during the Women's College World Series on May 30.

‘We made history this year’: Minnesota’s softball season ends with loss to Washington

June 2, 2019

The Gophers' historic 2019 season came to an end on Saturday with a loss to a familiar opponent. No. 3 Washington (51-8) defeated No. 7 Minnesota (46-14) 5-3 in the elimination bracket of the Women's College...

Junior Hope Brandner takes a swing at bat on Wednesday, May 29.

Softball Preview: Gophers fighting for their postseason lives against Washington

June 1, 2019

The mood was light at the Gophers' practice at Ann Lacy Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Friday. Yet the team is serious when it comes to extending its season. No. 7 Minnesota (46-13) will face No....

Hope Brandner stands on base during the Women's College World Series on May 30.

UCLA defeats Minnesota to put Gophers’ season on the line

May 31, 2019

After allowing only five combined runs in the Regional and Super Regional, Gophers pitcher Amber Fiser couldn't contain one of the favorites to win the Women's College World Series. No. 2 UCLA (52-6) defeated...

Members of the Gopher softball team celebrate after winning the NCAA Super Regional against Louisiana State at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, May 25. 

After Saturday’s win, Gophers advance to Women’s College World Series

May 26, 2019

Minnesota's dream of reaching the Women's College World Series for softball came true on Saturday night. After second baseman MaKenna Partain threw the ball to first baseman Hope Brandner to get the final...

Juniors Katelyn Kemmetmueller and Amber Fiser celebrate after an out on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.

Gophers one win away from the College World Series

May 25, 2019

The Gophers are one win away from their ultimate goal, the NCAA College World Series. It has never been done in program history.  No. 7 Minnesota (45-12) defeated LSU (43-17) 5-3 on Friday in the...

Juniors Katelyn Kemmetmueller and Amber Fiser celebrate after an out on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.

Gophers advance to NCAA super regionals with win over Georgia

May 20, 2019

The sun shined over Jane Sage Cowles Stadium Monday afternoon. So too did the Gophers' offense. No. 7 Minnesota (44-12) defeated Georgia (42-19) 8-1 to advance to the NCAA Tournament's super regional round...

Juniors Katelyn Kemmetmueller and Amber Fiser celebrate after an out on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.

UMN Gophers softball advances to regional championship

May 19, 2019

On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, Gophers first baseman Hope Brandner brightened the days of Minnesota fans at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.  No. 7 Minnesota (43-12) defeated Georgia (42-18) 2-1 in eight...

Junior Amber Fiser pitches the ball on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat North Dakota State University 3-0.

Gophers defeat North Dakota State 3-0 in first game of Minneapolis regional

May 18, 2019

In Minnesota's first regional home softball game since 2014, the Gophers treated fans to a victory.  No. 7 Minnesota (42-12) defeated North Dakota State (42-15) 3-0 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. Pitcher...

Freshman Maddie Houlihan throws her bat after a base hit against Wisconsin on April 12 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Minnesota to host NCAA Regional

May 13, 2019

At the Buffalo Wild Wings steps away from TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota softball fans gathered to watch the NCAA tournament selection show. After the first six top seeds were unveiled, the...

Katelyn Kemmetmueller looks to throw the ball to first base at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Sunday, April 14. The Gophers beat Michigan State two games to none as part of their double header.

Gophers fall to Michigan in Big Ten championship game

May 12, 2019

Minnesota's Big Ten championship streak came to an end on Saturday. No. 3 Minnesota (41-12, 20-2) lost to No. 1 Michigan (43-11, 22-1) 3-2 in a battle for the Big Ten championship. Michigan won its first...

Natalie Denhartog waits for the pitch during the game against Iowa at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Friday, April 26.

Minnesota advances to Big Ten tournament semifinal

May 11, 2019

The Gophers are one win away from another Big Ten championship game. No. 3 Minnesota (40-11, 20-2) defeated No. 11 Purdue (31-27, 6-17) 4-3 Friday at Andy Mohr Field in Bloomington, Indiana. Senior pitcher...

Pitcher Amber Fisher celebrates after a strike out at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium against Northwestern on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Gophers take two out of three from Northwestern

May 6, 2019

In front of a crowd of 1,323 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Sunday, the Gophers spoiled Northwestern's bid to win the Big Ten regular-season title. No. 13 Minnesota (39-11, 20-2) defeated No. 19 Northwestern...

Natalie Denhartog waits for the pitch during the game against Iowa at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Friday, April 26.

Minnesota sweeps Iowa in weekend series

April 29, 2019

On a sunny Friday afternoon, the Gophers' offense was efficient as Minnesota won both games in five innings thanks to the mercy rule. The Gophers won the first game 9-0 and the second game 8-0.  Head...

Gophers Iowa

April 28, 2019

Gophers take two on Friday On a sunny Friday afternoon, the Gophers offense was efficient as Minnesota won both games in five innings thanks to the mercy rule. The Gophers won the first game 9-0 and the...

Freshman Natalie Denhartog hits the ball on Friday, March 29 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the Purdue Boilermakers 5-1.

Minnesota sweeps Wisconsin in border battle doubleheader

April 25, 2019

When Minnesota needed offense, two Gophers' outfielders delivered against Wisconsin on Wednesday. Left fielder Natalie DenHartog and right fielder Maddie Houlihan each hit two home runs as No. 16 Minnesota...

Freshman Natalie Denhartog hits the ball on Friday, March 29 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the Purdue Boilermakers 5-1.

‘Great, not good’: freshman Natalie DenHartog makes waves in Minnesota offense

April 11, 2019

Gophers left fielder Natalie DenHartog has appeared in 36 of Minnesota's 37 games this season. It didn't take long for the freshman to make an impact for the Gophers offensively. In her fourth career game,...

Infielder Hope Brandner catches the ball for an out on Friday, March 29 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the Purdue Boilermakers 5-1.

Hope Brandner has weekend to remember in Gophers’ first home series

April 1, 2019

When Minnesota needed runs, first baseman Hope Brandner provided the Gophers with an offensive spark. Brandner hit two home runs and drove in three runs on Sunday as the Gophers swept the Boilermakers...

Senior Allie Arneson awaits the pitch on Friday, March 29 at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the Purdue Boilermakers 5-1.

Minnesota sweeps Sunday doubleheader against Purdue

April 1, 2019

On a cold, Sunday afternoon at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium, the Gophers entertained the home crowd with 13 runs in a Big Ten doubleheader. No. 19 Minnesota (25-9, 6-0) defeated Purdue (24-13, 2-4) in a doubleheader....

Gophers sophomore Maddie Houlihan hits the ball against Purdue at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 30, 2017.

In final season, Maddie Houlihan looks to lead Gophers to another Big Ten title

March 28, 2019

Right fielder Maddie Houlihan was Minnesota's hero against Maryland this weekend.  In the Gophers' first Big Ten series of the season, Houlihan led Minnesota offensively with a .667 batting average...

Forward Sarah Potomak chases after the puck at Ridder Arena on Sunday, March 10. 

Minnesota loses NCAA Championship game to Wisconsin

March 24, 2019

In Hamden, Connecticut, it was a border battle far from the teams' home states for the national championship.  Badgers goaltender Kristen Campbell recorded her third shutout of the 2019 postseason...

Sophomore goaltender Alex Gulstene makes a save. Gopher women's hockey beat Mercyhurst 4-2 in their season opener on Friday, Sept. 28 at Ridder Arena.

Gulstene’s shutout leads Minnesota to national championship game

March 23, 2019

It's a border battle fight for the rights to the title of "NCAA Champions" in women's hockey for 2019. For the first time since 2016, the Gophers will be heading to the national championship game, thanks...

Redshirt senior Kelly Pannek skates toward the puck on Friday, Jan. 18 at Ridder Arena. The Gophers lost to the Wisconsin Badgers 2-1.

Gophers head to Connecticut in pursuit of eighth national title

March 20, 2019

After missing the tournament in 2018, the Gophers are heading to the Frozen Four with an opportunity to win the program's eighth national championship and fifth in the last eight seasons. No. 2 Minnesota...

Redshirt junior Sarah Potomak eyes her opponent during the game against Mercyhurst. The women's hockey team beat Mercyhurst 4-2 in the season opener on Friday, Sept. 28 at Ridder Arena.

Minnesota’s ‘Pots and Pan’ line leads Gophers to the Frozen Four

March 17, 2019

After a tough loss to Wisconsin on Sunday in the WCHA Final Faceoff championship game, Minnesota responded by clinching a trip to the Frozen Four with the help of its second line.  No. 2 Minnesota...

Sophomore infielder Hope Brandner winds up to hit the ball. 

Hope Brandner hasn’t missed a stride in first season with Minnesota

March 14, 2019

First baseman Hope Brandner is producing for the Gophers in her first season with Minnesota. After spending the 2018 season with Oregon State, Brandner leads the Gophers with 26 RBIs and has hit six home...

Defender Emily Brown looks to pass the puck up the ice at Ridder Arena on Sunday, March 10. Wisconsin beat the Gophers 3-1 to win the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff.

Minnesota readies for Princeton on Saturday

March 14, 2019

The Gophers will have a chance to advance to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2017 if they win on home ice against an unfamiliar opponent. No. 2 Minnesota (30-5-1) will face No. 7 Princeton (20-7-5)...

Forward Abigail Boreen keeps and eye on Wisconsin's Caitlin Schneider on Sunday, March 10 at Ridder Arena.

Gophers fall short of WCHA title

March 11, 2019

Losing the WCHA regular-season title to Minnesota turned out to be a blessing for Wisconsin.  No. 2 Wisconsin (32-4-2) defeated No. 1 Minnesota (30-5-1) 3-1 in the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff championship...

Forward Alex Woken chases after the Bulldogs on Saturday, March 9 at Ridder Arena. The Gophers defeated Minnesota Duluth 4-1 to advance in the WCHA Final Faceoff.

Gophers advance to second consecutive WCHA final

March 10, 2019

After a two-week-long absence, the Gophers clinched a berth in their second-straight WCHA Final Faceoff championship game. No. 1 Minnesota (30-4-1) defeated Minnesota-Duluth (15-16-4) 4-1. Goaltender Alex...

Gophers head women's hockey coach Brad Frost talks to members of the media after winning the NCAA championship in 2012.

Calm, collected: Gophers head coach Brad Frost in pursuit of fifth national championship

March 7, 2019

The heart of the coaching profession is based on the love of the game. For Gophers head coach Brad Frost, his motivation to coach Minnesota is based on more than a passion for hockey. Frost played for...

Sophomore Amber Fiser pitches during a game against Nebraska at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Gophers win four out of five in Arizona

March 5, 2019

The Gophers opened March with four wins in five games. No. 23 Minnesota (11-6) won four out of five at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Arizona this weekend. The Gophers swept their two-game series...

Freshman outfielder Ellee Jensen runs to first base in a game at Siebert Field.

Ellee Jensen’s all-around ability sparks Gophers

February 28, 2019

As a batter, "attacking the pitch" has a very literal meaning to one Gopher sophomore. Center fielder Ellee Jensen relies on her all-around ability on offense and defense, in addition to her distinctive...

Goaltender Sydney Scobee smiles from the bench at Ridder Arena on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Gophers clinch WCHA regular season title

February 25, 2019

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular season championship trophy is heading back to Minneapolis. For the first time since the 2014-15 season, and for the 10th time in program history, the Gophers...

Redshirt senior Nicole Schammel skates toward the puck on Friday, Jan. 18 at Ridder Arena. The Gophers lost to the Wisconsin Badgers 2-1.

Left winger Schammel is a finalist for Patty Kazmaier award

February 21, 2019

Left winger Nicole Schammel may get to add another accomplishment to her resume. Schammel is one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Patty Kazmaier Award, which is given to the most outstanding Division I player...

Forward Tianna Gunderson shoots the puck at Ridder Arena on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. The Gophers beat Ohio State 3-0.

Tianna Gunderson finds passion in helping students with disabilities

February 21, 2019

While some Gophers players have chosen to major in science fields, left winger Tianna Gunderson has chosen a different path. Gunderson's mother owned a daycare center for 25 years. Working with her mother...

Sophomore forward Taylor Wente eyes the puck during the game against St. Cloud on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 at Ridder Arena.

Minnesota sweeps Minnesota State in final home series of regular season

February 18, 2019

On an evening in which Minnesota honored its senior class, a sophomore provided overtime heroics. Center Taylor Wente scored at 1:27 of overtime on Saturday as No. 1 Minnesota (27-4-1, 17-4-1-0) swept...

Sophomore Amber Fiser pitches during a game against Nebraska at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Minnesota splits St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational

February 18, 2019

After playing against two ranked teams in the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, the Gophers left Florida with an even record. Minnesota (4-3) won two of its four games in the tournament in Clearwater,...

Utility player Katelyn Kemmetmueller swings during the game against South Dakota on Apr. 4, 2017.

Minnesota’s offense is scoring its way to success

February 14, 2019

Though an all-around game is important, teams can't win games without scoring runs. Minnesota hasn't had any problem with scoring so far this season. The Gophers have scored 21 times in three games for...

Freshman Crystalyn Hengler passes the puck on Friday, Jan. 18 at Ridder Arena. The Gophers lost to the Wisconsin Badgers 2-1.

Crystalyn Hengler excels at hockey, dancing

February 12, 2019

Ask any Minnesota player who the best dancer on the team is. One of the first names that came up was defender Crystalyn Hengler. Defender Sophie Skarzynski said Hengler isn't afraid to bust a move in front...

Utility Carlie Brandt winds up for a pitch during the game against the University of South Dakota on April 4, 2017.

Gophers open season by winning two out of three

February 11, 2019

The Gophers' offense took flight in their regular-season opening weekend, guiding the team to a winning record. No. 21 Minnesota (2-1) began its regular season with two wins and one loss, defeating North...

Forward Sarah Potomak fights for the puck at Ridder Arena on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Gophers lost to UMD in overtime 3-2.

Minnesota splits series against Minnesota-Duluth

February 4, 2019

At Ridder Arena this weekend, fans witnessed tight hockey games for more than two hours of play. No. 2 Minnesota (25-4-1, 15-4-1-0) split its weekend series against Minnesota-Duluth (12-12-2, 8-8-2-2),...

Gophers sophomore Maddie Houlihan hits the ball against Purdue at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 30, 2017.

Gophers set to chase another Big Ten title

February 4, 2019

It's not yet spring in Minnesota, but the No. 21 Gophers are already heading to Florida to begin their season. Minnesota softball is looking to win its fourth consecutive Big Ten tournament title. Last...

Junior forward Alex Woken eyes the puck during the game against Wisconsin on Jan. 18, 2019 at Ridder Arena.

Alex Woken’s intelligence helps Gophers play smart hockey

January 31, 2019

As soon as she stepped on the grounds of the University of Minnesota, right winger Alex Woken knew she wanted to study science. Both of her parents work in health sciences; her mother is a physical therapist...

Freshman Taylor Heise goes for the goal on Friday, Dec. 7 at Ridder Arena. The Gophers won against the Robert Morris Colonials 6-1.

Gophers end January with a sweep of Ohio State

January 28, 2019

After scoring only four goals last weekend against Wisconsin, the Gophers rediscovered their offensive abilities. No. 2 Minnesota (24-3-1, 14-3-1-0) swept No. 7 Ohio State (15-11-0, 9-9-0-0) in Columbus,...

Olivia Knowles gets ready to take the puck on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at Ridder Arena. The Gophers lost to the Wisconsin Badgers 2-1.

Defender Olivia Knowles brings Canadian influence to Gophers

January 23, 2019

The west coast of British Columbia has orcas, black bears and a rich hockey tradition. Campbell River, British Columbia, located on Vancouver Island, prides itself on being the hometown of Detroit Red...

Sophomore goaltender Alex Gulstene makes a save. Gopher women's hockey beat Mercyhurst 4-2 in their season opener on Friday, Sept. 28 at Ridder Arena.

Minnesota sweeps Minnesota State to extend winning streak

January 13, 2019

The Gophers' winning streak has lasted for more than two months. It will last another week. No 2. Minnesota (21-2-1, 11-2-1-0) defeated Minnesota State (8-10-4, 3-9-2-1) 5-1 on Friday and 6-3 on Saturday,...

Freshman Taylor Heise goes for the goal on Friday, Dec. 7 at Ridder Arena. The Gophers won against the Robert Morris Colonials 6-1.

Minnesota wins inaugural edition of Minnesota Cup

January 7, 2019

The Gophers didn't need overtime like they did Saturday to win the Minnesota Cup final on Sunday. No. 2 Minnesota (19-2-1, 9-2-1-0 WCHA) defeated St. Cloud State (7-16-2, 2-12-0-0 WCHA) 5-1 on Sunday at...

Defender Olivia Knowles looks to shoot the puck on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Ridder Arena. The Gophers beat St. Cloud State 4-1.

Gophers advance to Minnesota Cup final

January 6, 2019

An unexpected hero emerged for the Gophers on Saturday night. Defender Olivia Knowles scored the game-winning goal at 3:05 of overtime as No. 2 Minnesota (18-2-1, 9-2-1-0) defeated Minnesota-Duluth (6-9-2,...

Freshman Taylor Heise goes for the goal on Friday, Dec. 7 at Ridder Arena. The Gophers won against the Robert Morris Colonials 6-1.

Gophers extend win streak to 10 games

December 10, 2018

The Gophers went into the break just like they wanted to. No. 2 Minnesota (17-2-1, 9-2-1) defeated Robert Morris (8-10-4, 6-1-1) 6-1 on Friday and 5-0 on Saturday, extending its winning streak to 10 games.  Head...

Katie Skaja handles the puck on Friday, Oct. 19 at Ridder Arena.

Center Catie Skaja helps the Gophers stay relaxed and happy

December 6, 2018

If the Gophers need a laugh, center Catie Skaja can provide one. When she's not using her speed to create scoring chances, she's helping her teammates stay loose and happy by telling jokes and saying words...

Minnesota adds two wins to eight-game winning streak

December 3, 2018

For the second straight weekend, the Gophers swept an East Coast road trip. No. 2 Minnesota (15-2-1, 9-2-1) defeated Yale (2-10-0, 2-6-0) 7-1 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday in New Haven, Connecticut. Minnesota...

Two hockey players hope to continue their families’ legacies

November 29, 2018

For center Abigail Boreen and left winger Taylor Williamson, Gophers hockey runs in the family. Boreen's father, Chad, played for Minnesota in 1987-88. Williamson's father, Dean, played for the Gophers....