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Former Gopher Taffe among big names in Phoenix

Published October 1, 2002

It's only been a few months since Jeff Taffe chose to forego his senior season with the Gophers for a shot at the NHL, but the Coyotes prospect can drop names like he's been a pro for years. Taffe can...

Haug overcomes injuries to lead Gophers to NCAA

Published May 10, 2002

Minnesota men's tennis coach David Geatz doesn't know why Switzerland native Thomas Haug chose to play for the Gophers four years ago. As the junior captain prepares to lead Minnesota into its ninth-straight...

Men’s tennis receives tough NCAA draw

Published May 9, 2002

Minnesota's men's tennis team won't head into its ninth-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance with many positive memories about its surroundings. On Thursday, the Gophers leave for Malibu, Calif., where...

Rowers aim to make impact at Big Tens

Published May 2, 2002

Until about two weeks ago, Minnesota's rowing team was not expected to be a force in next weekend's Big Ten championships. Despite a solid start to its second year of varsity competition, it took wins...

Men’s tennis loses in finals

Published April 29, 2002

When Minnesota's men's tennis team had its first shot at third-ranked Illinois two weeks ago, the Gophers came as close to the Illini as any other conference team this season with a 4-3 loss. But after...

Women’s tennis ends season with loss

Published April 26, 2002

Playing in its first-round Big Ten tournament match with Michigan (13-9, 6-5 Big Ten) on Thursday, Minnesota's women's tennis team couldn't overcome windy conditions and a deep Wolverines squad in a 4-1...

Men’s tennis optimistic about Big Ten chances

Published April 25, 2002

For five seasons in the early 1990s, Minnesota's men's tennis team dominated the Big Ten. From 1991 to 1995, the Gophers lost just four conference matches and finished atop the Big Ten standings four times,...

Vladea shrugs off injuries to become top tennis player

Published April 24, 2002

Early in the second set of her No. 1 singles match against Purdue's Melissa Iqbal three weeks ago, Valerie Vladea fell to the court with an injured ankle. But minutes later, the top player on Minnesota's...

Women’s tennis takes lowest seed into Big Ten Tournament

Published April 22, 2002

Trailing Iowa's women's tennis team 3-1 with three matches left to be decided on Friday, Minnesota couldn't afford to lose another match. Late in the four hour-long match, all of the Gophers hopes for...

Women’s tennis draws motivation from many sources

Published April 19, 2002

Thirteen miles away from the dozen tennis courts enclosed in a pair of inflated white domes at Bloomington's Northwest Athletic Center, a brand-new 22-court, indoor-outdoor, on-campus tennis facility is...

Mankad’s return gives men’s tennis huge boost

Published April 18, 2002

Facing one of the top men's tennis teams in the nation last week, Minnesota's No. 1 singles player Harsh Mankad found himself on the edge. Mankad, back with the Gophers after playing for India's Davis...

Roster likely set for men’s hoops team

Published April 17, 2002

Already looking to improve on this season's sixth-place Big Ten finish with a solid class of recruits and redshirted players coming in, the University of Minnesota men's basketball team addressed one of...

Men’s tennis gives No. 2 Illinois battle in loss

Published April 15, 2002

Minnesota's match with Illinois's second-ranked men's tennis team had technically been over for quite some time when Gophers junior Manuel Lievano and Mike Kosta found themselves battling for a third-set...

Men’s tennis aims to stay undefeated at home

Published April 12, 2002

After coming out of its last series with a disappointing 1-1 split, Minnesota's men's tennis team is playing for position and ranking instead of a regular season Big Ten title this weekend. If it were...

Win over Indiana gives women’s tennis first conference victory

Published April 8, 2002

With hopes for its first Big Ten win in seven tries resting on Brandi Watts' and Kandis Batiste's shoulders Sunday, Minnesota's women's tennis team gathered at the sidelines of the No. 5 and No. 6 singles...

Men’s coach turns down Huskies

Published April 3, 2002

Minnesota's men's basketball coach Dan Monson broke two weeks of silence Tuesday, announcing he would not leave the Gophers to accept an offer with the University of Washington. Monson, who said he normally...

Improvement, not record pivotal for women’s tennis

Published April 2, 2002

With a winless Big Ten record and three of its final five games coming against nationally ranked opponents, Minnesota's women's tennis team is focusing more on improvement than on the standings. Struggling...

Men’s tennis on a roll wtih six wins in last seven matches

Published April 1, 2002

Heading into the final month of the regular season, Minnesota's men's tennis team finds itself ranked No. 17 in the nation with six wins in its last seven matches. But with all of their preseason goals...

Season of near misses comes to close

Published March 25, 2002

Minnesota's men's basketball season came to a fitting end as the Gophers fell to Richmond in the second round of the NIT on March 18. Just as the Gophers looked to be in range of the Spiders with a three-point...

Men’s hoops muscles 96-62 win from Lobos

Published March 14, 2002

Fourteen minutes into Minnesota's 96-62 thrashing of New Mexico in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament on Wednesday, Gophers point guard Kevin Burleson snatched a half-court steal and...

Men’s hoops accepts NIT fate

Published March 11, 2002

As he silently shot baskets on a deserted Williams Arena floor on Sunday evening, Minnesota forward Rick Rickert expressed his disappointment in his team's postseason fate without saying a word. Most of...

Gophers inside presence makes the difference

Published March 8, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS - The conditions at Minnesota's men's basketball team's first round Big Ten tournament match-up with Penn State didn't seem ideal for an offensive explosion. The Gophers, still stinging from...

Another chance blown by men’s hoops

Published March 4, 2002

Illinois' men's basketball team entered Sunday's game at Minnesota ranked 15th in the nation, but when the buzzer sounded to signal their seventh-straight win over the Gophers (16-11, 9-7 Big Ten), the...

Gophers, Wildcats struggle on brink of NCAA elimination

Published February 27, 2002

For Minnesota's men's basketball team, nearly everything wrong with its Big Ten season started two weeks ago in Evanston, Ill. When the Gophers (15-10, 8-6 Big Ten) headed to Northwestern to face a struggling,...

Questionable shooting plaguing men’s hoops

Published February 19, 2002

Midway through Saturday's 67-62 loss to Wisconsin's men's basketball team, Minnesota was on fire. During their 19-5 run to end the first half and a 9-2 spurt to start the second, the Gophers put points...

Streaking Badgers battle men’s hoops

Published February 15, 2002

The two teams meeting at Williams Arena on Saturday have been heading in opposite directions. While Minnesota's men's basketball team is looking to rebound from Wednesday's stunning loss at Northwestern,...

Surprising Wildcats offer men’s hoops tough competition

Published February 13, 2002

Wednesday's opponent for Minnesota's men's basketball team has gone 33 years without a .500 record in the Big Ten and are near the conference floor again this season. But Minnesota co-captain Dusty Rychart...

Another rally, another men’s hoops win

Published February 11, 2002

IOWA CITY, Iowa - When Iowa forward Reggie Evans converted a half-court steal into a one-handed breakaway slam dunk against Minnesota's men's basketball team on Saturday, more than half the game was left...

Fierce dunks and big blocks make Holman a fan favorite

Published February 7, 2002

Midway through his team's pounding of Penn State's men's basketball team last Wednesday, Minnesota's freshman standout Rick Rickert had nearly half of the Gophers' points. But as he has done quite often...

Student section holds court following upset

Published February 4, 2002

Following the dismal first half Minnesota's men's basketball team posted in Saturday's game against 25th-ranked Indiana, one would only expect members of the Williams Arena crowd to mob the court after...

Gophers rip Lions 94-70 behind 26 from Rickert

Published January 31, 2002

Entering Williams Arena with the worst record in the Big Ten and a four-game losing streak, Penn State's men's basketball team lived up to its numbers and its reputation in a 94-70 rout by Minnesota (12-7,...

Hard-charging Bennett paces victory

Published January 29, 2002

Minnesota guard Travarus Bennett is a quiet player off the basketball court, but in the Gophers' upset victory over Ohio State last Saturday, his jump shot said everything his team had been waiting to...

No relief in sight as men’s hoops host tough Ohio State

Published January 25, 2002

With his Minnesota basketball team looking to avoid a three-game skid against Ohio State Saturday, point guard Kevin Burleson was asked when the Gophers last knocked off the Buckeyes. "I don't know," the...

Struggling men’s hoops team carries on

Published January 23, 2002

With Minnesota's men's basketball team on a two-game losing streak following a promising start to its Big Ten season, the Gophers have a timely midweek-bye before they host No. 20 Ohio State on Saturday. Minnesota...

Gophers ground Hawks by near-record margin

Published December 14, 2001

In the Minnesota men's basketball team's game room located underneath the Williams Arena floor, there was a Nintendo 64 hooked up to the room's big-screen television Thursday. Waiting for Gophers players...

Bauer’s persistence rewarded with captaincy

Published December 13, 2001

Michael Bauer has struggled on the basketball court recently, but the Minnesota forward has seen worse. Despite shooting just 22 percent from the field after leading Minnesota in scoring through its first...

Oregon provides men’s hoops next chance for regroup

Published December 10, 2001

Last Friday, Minnesota's men's basketball team traveled to Athens, Ga., looking to regroup after being upset at home by North Carolina-Wilmington. But following the Gophers' 77-55 loss to Georgia, Minnesota...

Men’s hoops not panicking over 1-2 record in last three games

Published December 6, 2001

Although Minnesota's men's basketball team has gone 1-2 over its last three games - including a 58-50 loss to North Carolina-Wilmington on Tuesday - the Gophers aren't panicking. Still, after surrendering...

Gophers welcome UNC-Wilmington

Published December 4, 2001

Even after seeing his team pull out a 17-point victory over Texas-Pan American last Saturday, Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson said the team is looking unprepared for Tuesday's game with North...

Men’s hoops win despite lackluster effort

Published December 3, 2001

Late in the first half of Minnesota's game against Texas-Pan American's men's basketball team, the Williams Arena crowd cheered as a Broncs 10-second violation gave the Gophers possession of the ball. With...

Last-minute loss leaves men’s hoops eager to rebound

Published November 30, 2001

Following what might have been his team's longest game film session of the season, Minnesota men's basketball coach Dan Monson approached the stands and apologized to a group of Gophers alumni who were...

Men’s basketball blows late lead at Wake Forest

Published November 28, 2001

Midway through the first half of Tuesday night's Big Ten-ACC Challenge game at Wake Forest, Minnesota's men's basketball team snatched the lead and began building a significant margin. The Gophers, who...

Trip to Wake Forest gives men’s hoops first true test of year

Published November 27, 2001

Through its first three games, Minnesota's men's basketball team won by an average of 22 points, out-rebounded opponents by 28 and shot 49 percent. But the Gophers played Mercer, North Carolina-Asheville...

Tenacity fuels men’s hoops win over Eastern Washington

Published November 26, 2001

Minnesota's men's basketball team entered the season with its leading scorer and rebounder returning along with a highly touted recruiting class, including an All-American junior college transfer and a...

Versatile UNC-Asheville squad could trouble men’s hoops

Published November 21, 2001

Minnesota's men's basketball team dominated its season opener over Mercer on Saturday, but the Gophers see plenty of room for improvement as they host North Carolina-Asheville on Wednesday night. Minnesota...

Holman shines in season opener against Mercer

Published November 19, 2001

While there was little doubt Minnesota's men's basketball team would win its season opener with the Gophers leading Mercer by 16 late in the first half, junior center Jerry Holman did his part to make...

Men’s hoops inks two, prepares for Mercer

Published November 15, 2001

With its season opener just three days away, Minnesota's men's basketball team looked even further into the future Wednesday as the Gophers received signed letters of intent from two recruits. Forward...

Gophers fall to Harlem 79-70

Published November 9, 2001

After Minnesota's men's basketball team got off to a promising start in its first exhibition game of the season, the Harlem Globetrotters showed their hosts why they only lose about once every 300 games. The...

Men’s hoops prepares for exhibition game with Globetrotters

Published November 8, 2001

While their name evokes images of off-court antics and on-court showboating, the Harlem Globetrotters, whom Minnesota men's basketball team kicks off its exhibition season against, are a serious team. The...

Few goals and fewer wins leave soccer nowhere to go but up

Published November 7, 2001

Before starting the season, Minnesota's women's soccer team was filled with confidence after using a new system to score five times in its first scrimmage of the year. But the Gophers (5-12, 3-7 Big Ten)...

Soccer team outlasts Iowa State for double-overtime victory

Published November 1, 2001

Midway through the second overtime of Minnesota's soccer game with Iowa State on Wednesday, neither team had scored a goal. With just over eight minutes left in the Gophers' last home game this season,...

Michigan State’s Izzo learns to live with constant departures

Published October 31, 2001

CHICAGO - When Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo learned two of the Spartans underclassmen were defecting to the NBA after losing to Arizona in the 2001 Final Four, he started looking for...

Schilling opts to transfer after second suspension from team

Published October 30, 2001

After being suspended indefinitely from Minnesota's basketball team on Saturday for violating team rules, starting shooting guard Shane Schilling will transfer from the University. He has not yet announced...

Relentless Roth paces soccer offense

Published October 25, 2001

Whenever she is slammed into the ground by an opposing defender standing half a foot taller than her, Rachael Roth is reminded there is more to being Minnesota's go-to soccer player than goals and glory. But...

Michigan State’s miscues add up in sloppy effort

Published October 22, 2001

Early in Saturday's game, Michigan State's football team looked as if it could move downfield at will. After forcing Minnesota to punt, the Spartans marched 63 yards for a touchdown on their first drive....

Soccer to miss Big Ten tourney for first time

Published October 22, 2001

Big Ten tournament hopes ended over the weekend as Minnesota's soccer team lost its last conference games. Minnesota (4-10, 3-7 Big Ten), which was beaten 2-0 at Michigan on Friday and lost 1-0 at Michigan...

Playoff spot on line for soccer against Michigan schools

Published October 19, 2001

Last Sunday, playing at Wisconsin with its season on the line, Minnesota's soccer team battled back from a second-half deficit, waited a half an hour when lightning hit Madison during overtime, and found...

Freshmen settle in for men’s hoops as season nears

Published October 18, 2001

The many new faces on Minnesota's men's basketball team have provided the Gophers with optimism about the upcoming season. In the month before the Nov. 17 opener against Mercer, however, Minnesota's newcomers...

Talented trio carry soccer’s production on their backs

Published October 17, 2001

Minnesota scored three goals in Friday's loss to Northwestern and Sunday's win at Wisconsin - the most of any weekend series - but the same three players continued to contribute all of the Gophers' points. Forward...

Crucial split keeps soccer alive in Big Ten tournament hunt

Published October 15, 2001

Early in the second half of Sunday's game at Wisconsin, Minnesota's soccer team found itself dangerously close to virtual elimination from the Big Ten tournament. After dropping a lead to Northwestern...

Men’s hoops enjoys Midnight Madness event once again

Published October 15, 2001

At Midnight Madness Friday, Minnesota's men's basketball team kicked off its season at midnight for the first time since 1999. And this year, the Gophers' first season without NCAA sanctions, Minnesota's...

Big Ten tournament berth on the line for soccer

Published October 12, 2001

Mired in a three-game losing streak and coming off one of its worst showings of the season, this weekend's games against Northwestern and Wisconsin could be Minnesota's most important series of the year. Winning...

‘Madness’ begins for men’s basketball Friday

Published October 11, 2001

Minnesota men's basketball coach Don Monson is looking forward to Midnight Madness, but not just to see the Gophers' new lineup and his top 10 recruiting class. "The best thing about Midnight Madness is...

Rowers make best of tough conditions, easy foes

Published October 8, 2001

Minnesota's rowing team didn't find much competition in Saturday's Twin Cities All Comers Regatta, but the Gophers felt that it was a good way to kick off the fall rowing season. In the regatta, Minnesota...

Soccer drops two in tough homestand

Published October 8, 2001

Early in its weekend series against Indiana and Purdue, Minnesota's soccer team looked to be in good shape. The Gophers took a 1-0 lead over the Hoosiers in the 12th minute of Friday's game and held the...

Soccer pumped for weekend tilt with struggling foes

Published October 5, 2001

After playing its most successful soccer of the season last week, Minnesota hopes to improve in games against Indiana and Purdue this weekend. "We're pretty confident," midfielder Tierney Palmer-Klein...

Offense shines through for soccer in split

Published October 1, 2001

After Minnesota's soccer team tallied just two shots in two games a week ago, the Gophers found their offense in games against Illinois and Iowa over the weekend. Using a new system of four defenders,...

Friendly confines of home field rejuvenates struggling soccer

Published September 28, 2001

Nearly a month into its season, Minnesota's soccer team will finally play at home this weekend. After going 2-4 with four shutout losses since starting the year Aug. 31, the Gophers are glad to be off...

Rackley returns to lineup and gives Gophers strong presence

Published September 27, 2001

The effect of midfielder Alison Rackley's return to Minnesota soccer's lineup was almost immediate. In her first game since the Gophers' opener in August, Rackley, who missed three weeks with a high ankle...

Two games, two shots, one win for soccer on the road

Published September 24, 2001

Minnesota's soccer team suffered from the same problem in both games over the weekend at Ohio State and Penn State. In their first two Big Ten games, the Gophers had trouble creating any offense. In each...

Two tough foes await soccer on the road this weekend

Published September 21, 2001

In the first four games of the season, Minnesota's soccer team failed to produce offense, allowed opponents to capitalize on scoring chances and struggled to find consistency. This weekend, the Gophers...

Time off provides soccer team chance to get healthy

Published September 19, 2001

The postponing and cancellation of last weekend's games against Iowa State and Detroit-Mercy pushed the Minnesota soccer team's home opener back two weeks. The Gophers were unable to play their final non-conference...

Threat in New York grounds Northwest

Published September 14, 2001

Passengers who had waited two long days to fly home were finally preparing to leave the Twin Cities early Tuesday evening, until another alleged terrorism scare stranded them in their temporary homes for...

Lack of offense gives soccer third loss in a row

Published September 11, 2001

Heading into the final two games of its second-straight road trip, Minnesota's soccer team was hoping to string together a pair of good performances before Friday's home debut against Iowa State. But after...

Brigham Young shuts the door on Gophers 3-0

Published September 10, 2001

Despite the score of Minnesota's 3-0 loss to Brigham Young's soccer team Friday, the Gophers (1-2) saw improvements in their play. But to end a two-game losing streak in this afternoon's game against St....

High-scoring BYU gives soccer its toughest test to date

Published September 7, 2001

After a disappointing defeat to end its opening weekend and losing co-captain Alison Rackley to injury last Friday, Minnesota's soccer team could struggle against No. 13 Brigham Young on Saturday. While...

Soccer endures injuries and keeps on kicking

Published September 6, 2001

Minnesota's soccer team received welcome news earlier this week when senior midfielder Alison Rackley's leg injury was found to be less severe than originally believed. Rackley, one of Minnesota's captains,...

Co-captain Rackley injured as soccer earns split on the road

Published September 4, 2001

This year xxx, Minnesota soccer coach Barbara Wickstrand had expected the team to rely heavily on center midfielder Alison Rackley, the only senior in a midfield which will be put under increased pressure...