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Gophers Midfielder Katie Duong launches a pass at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 17. The Gophers went on to a tie game with Nebraska, 1-1.

Gophers soccer gears up to play their first game in over a year

February 21, 2021
At 483 days since their last game, the team has been waiting longer than most other athletes to return to competition.
Episode 32: Gophers hockey bounces back with sweep over Notre Dame

Episode 32: Gophers hockey bounces back with sweep over Notre Dame

February 19, 2021
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," our staff discusses the Gophers men's hockey team's latest series against Notre Dame, Jack LaFontaine's rise at goaltender and the team's upcoming matchup against Michigan State.
Minnesota’s goalie Jack LaFontaine blocks an attempted goal from Notre Dame’s Graham Slaggert on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the 3M arena at Marriucci.

Gophers men’s hockey sweeps Irish with LaFontaine’s back-to-back shutouts

February 14, 2021
Minnesota returned to form on the road with a pair of 3-0 wins over Notre Dame, goalie Jack LaFontaine tallied his fifth shutout of the season.
Team members celebrate a goal against Notre Dame in the final four minutes of the match on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the 3M Arena at Mariucci. The Gophers lost their second match against Notre Dame 2-1.

Gophers men’s hockey sweeps Ohio State on the road

January 31, 2021
Minnesota’s high-scoring ways continued in Columbus, and the Buckeyes were the seventh opponent they swept this season.
Forward Nathan Burke blocks Arizona State's Justin Robbins from reaching the puck in 3M Arena on Friday, Jan. 22. The Gophers beat Arizona State with a final score of 10-2.

Gophers reignite their spark in 20-goal barn burner series against Sun Devils

January 23, 2021
With a 10-0 shutout Thursday night followed by a 10-2 win Friday afternoon, Minnesota got back to business after fumbling two games against Notre Dame.
Minnesota’s goalie Jack LaFontaine blocks an attempted goal from Notre Dame’s Graham Slaggert on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the 3M arena at Marriucci.

Gophers return to home ice, drop both games in series against Notre Dame

January 17, 2021
After a string of wins to open the season, Minnesota struggled against Notre Dame’s physical play, losing 2-3 Friday and 1-2 Saturday.
Gophers defenseman Jackson LaCombe fist bumps goaltender Jack LaFontaine during player introductions before facing Penn State at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Minnesota sweeps Michigan with 4-0 win to end first half with a perfect record

December 9, 2020
Jack LaFontaine earned his second career shutout against his former team
Gophers forward Ben Meyers approaches Penn State’s goal during the final period at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Minnesota takes game one in Ann Arbor 3-1

December 8, 2020
Sophomore Ben Meyers had a three-point night.
Gophers forward Jaxon Nelson fights for possession against Penn State at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Gophers beat Spartans 3-1, extend win streak to 5-0

December 4, 2020
Minnesota is now 5-0-0 overall for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
Gophers forward Jaxon Nelson fights for possession against Penn State at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Gophers hockey sweeps Penn State in season opener

November 21, 2020
Minnesota had a strong showing against the Nittany Lions in its first two games, beating the Nittany Lions 4-1 on Thursday and 3-2 on Friday.
Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad keeps the puck from Wisconsin forward Nic Kerdiles on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Minnesota leads conference in preseason poll

November 9, 2020
The Gophers are the favorite to win the conference and several players made preseason honors.
Gophers Forward Jasmine Powell approaches defenders in Williams Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Gophers suffered a defeat against Michigan 52-77.

Voter registration, activism and Election Day: what Gophers’ women’s basketball has been up to off-court

October 6, 2020
Jasmine Powell, Gace Cumming and head coach Lindsay Whalen discuss their team’s efforts to be campus leaders and their fight for social justice.
A cloth mask and bouquet of flowers are seen on the Goldy statue outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, April 1. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

Gophers athletics cuts several men’s sports for next season

September 10, 2020
The programs will be discontinued for both financial and Title IX-related financial sustainability issues, but would be able to compete in the 2020-21 season.
Members of the Gophers women's hockey team watch play from the bench at Ridder Arena on Friday, Feb. 28. The Gophers scored two power-play goals on the way to a 4-2 victory over St. Cloud State. (Jasmin Kemp / Minnesota Daily)

Hockey Commissioners Association delays start of college hockey season

September 10, 2020
The move will impact both the women's and men's hockey teams at Minnesota.
Wide receiver Rashod Bateman fights to hang on to the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Gophers bested the Penn State Nittany Lions 31-26 to remain undefeated.

Rashod Bateman will sit out upcoming season over COVID-19 concerns

August 4, 2020

In a video posted to his Twitter account early Tuesday morning, Gophers' star wide receiver Rashod Bateman announced that he will not be returning to the field for Minnesota next season.  In the video,...

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Grad transfer Atherton adds depth, experience at setter for Gophers volleyball

July 20, 2020

In May, the Gophers' volleyball team announced the addition of graduate transfer Hunter Atherton to its 2020 class. Atherton may be new to the Gophers, but she has years of experience at the collegiate...

A cloth mask and bouquet of flowers are seen on the Goldy statue outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, April 1. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

Meet Bradley Nelson, the doctor guiding U athletics through COVID-19

July 18, 2020

In his position within the University of Minnesota's Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Bradley Nelson mainly focuses on the intricacies of knee and shoulder injuries.  Torn rotator cuffs, knee...

Gophers April Bockin, Emily Peterson and Molly Fiedler celebrate a penalty kick scored by Bockin at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

Gophers soccer completes coaching staff, returns to campus with new style

July 16, 2020

Makenzie Langdok's return to the field for her senior season with the Gophers' soccer team looks much different from years past.  The team is starting training and captains' practices a month later...

A cloth mask and bouquet of flowers are seen on the Goldy statue outside Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday, April 1. (Parker Johnson / Minnesota Daily)

Big Ten cancels nonconference games

July 9, 2020

On Thursday, the Big Ten conference announced it is eliminating all nonconference games for fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The move will impact every fall sport at the University...

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Gophers’ softball adds alum Katie Richardson as assistant coach

July 2, 2020

The Gophers' softball team has rounded out its coaching staff with the addition of program alum Katie Richardson, who will join as an assistant coach. In her career for the Gophers, Richardson started...

Athletic Director Mark Coyle addresses the board of regents in regards to a contract extension signed by head football coach P.J. Fleck at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, Nov. 14. The deal, signed by Fleck last week, extends his contract through the 2026 season and will increase his base salary to $4.6 million.

Minnesota athletics director Mark Coyle discusses the return to campus for fall athletes

June 27, 2020

At long last, sports are moving towards a path of return, and leagues across the United States are devising strategies to make that return as safe as possible. University of Minnesota athletics director...

Gophers Forward Sampo Ranta battles a defender at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Feb. 28. The Gophers lost to Michigan 3-2.

Q&A: Checking in with Sampo Ranta

June 19, 2020

Minnesota forward Sampo Ranta was in the midst of a successful sophomore campaign when the men's hockey season was cut short due to coronavirus concerns. As the University transitioned to online instruction,...

Forward Ben Meyers follows the puck across the rink at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Oct. 25. The Gophers went on to lose 2-5 to the University of Minnesota Duluth.

The NBA revolutionized recruitment with the Professional Pathway Program. Hockey has had a similar blueprint for decades

June 9, 2020

While hockey may have a smaller footprint than the other four major sports, it has excelled at providing alternative pathways to the professional level outside of the collegiate system. For decades, various...

Head coach Bob Motzko watches the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Nov. 22. The Gophers won 4-1.

Gophers’ Bob Motzko wins Big Ten Coach of the Year

May 11, 2020

In just his second season with the program, Gophers men's hockey head coach Bob Motzko has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year.  Motzko received the recognition on Monday as part of the Big Ten's...

The Gopher softball team stands during the national anthem on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.

Gophers softball announces Piper Ritter as new head coach

May 3, 2020

The search for the next coach of Minnesota's softball program came to an end today as Athletic Director Mark Coyle announced that Piper Ritter would be taking over the head coaching position. "I am excited...

Freshman forward Alex Woken battles for the puck at Ridder Arena on September 30, 2016.

Two Gophers selected by Minnesota Whitecaps in NWHL Draft

April 29, 2020

As fans and athletes continue to grapple with the sudden end of sports seasons, virtual drafts have been providing a hopeful outlook on the future. Fans of women's hockey in Minnesota got a glimpse of...

Junior Amber Fiser pitches during the game against Louisiana State University on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. (Jasmin Kemp / Minnesota Daily)

As ‘stay-at-home’ orders extend, creating workouts for student-athletes becomes more complicated

April 27, 2020

How student-athletes would stay in shape without access to the campus facilities they were used to training in was a question that was hard to answer in the weeks following the cancellation of classes...

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.

As the country adjusts to life under lockdown, days at the Kemmetmueller farm stay the same

April 13, 2020

When the Gophers softball season ended, what awaited senior Katelyn Kemmetmueller at home was not the typical quarantine. Instead of increased time on Netflix or shopping online, Kemmetmueller traded in...

Head coach Bob Motzko watches the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Nov. 22. The Gophers won 4-1.

Men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko announced as Spencer Penrose Award finalist

March 31, 2020

Minnesota men's hockey head coach Bob Motzko was named as a finalist for the Spencer Penrose award, the American Hockey Coaches Association announced Tuesday.  The award is given annually to the top...

It’s official: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is postponed

March 23, 2020

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is now the latest in sports postponements, veteran member of the International Olympic Committee Dick Pound told USA Today Sports on Monday afternoon. The event is likely to be...

Junior Tyler Nanne celebrates after his goal in the first period on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Mariucci Arena. The Gophers beat Notre Dame 2-1.

Gophers’ Nanne Signs AHL Contract

March 20, 2020

After a sudden and disappointing end to their season, there is some good news for the Gophers men's hockey team.  On Tuesday, senior captain Tyler Nanne signed a contract with the Hershey Bears, the...

Junior Amber Fiser pitches during the game against Louisiana State University on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. (Jasmin Kemp / Minnesota Daily)

Softball’s season comes to a sudden end

March 19, 2020

In just five short days, Gophers softball had its season completely upended.  They went from playing in a tournament in Hawaii to learning their season over and their classes were moved online for...

Big Ten Hockey to cancel remaining Tournament games over COVID-19 concerns

March 12, 2020

 The Gophers' Semifinal game of the Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament that was to take place at Penn State this Saturday was set to continue without any fans present, but will now be canceled entirely...

Gophers ready to face Penn State in winner-take-all Semifinal matchup

March 11, 2020

    Minnesota has fought back from the brink of elimination to move on to the Semifinal, and they may have some advantage over the Nittany Lions as they're moving on with the momentum...

Men’s Hockey to advance to Semifinal

March 7, 2020

Minnesota fought back from the brink to save their postseason this past weekend, taking the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to three games to win their quarterfinal series and advance to the semifinal where...

Minnesota men's hockey team walk out to the ice to start the 2014 Hockey City Classic game against the Buckeyes on Friday.

Men’s hockey gears up for postseason rematch

March 5, 2020

The Gophers men's hockey team is preparing for their run at the postseason, where they will battle a familiar foe in the Big Ten quarterfinals: the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  The two teams have met...

Gophers Forward Nathan Burke lines up a pass at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Feb. 28. The Gophers lost to Michigan 3-2.

Gophers disappoint in final home series against Michigan

March 2, 2020

Just as the puck was about to drop at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, something of a miracle was happening in Madison. The last-place Badgers pulled off a win over Ohio State, officially eliminating the...

Gophers Defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf collides with an Ohio State player at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The Gophers ended the night with a 6-3 victory over Ohio State. 

Gophers’ senior class looks back ahead of final regular season games

February 27, 2020

As the Gophers men’s hockey team prepares for its final home series of the regular season, the senior class is looking back on their final season.  The senior class is small compared to the large...

Gophers softball win three of five in Baylor Tournament

February 23, 2020

The Gophers' softball team earned another trio of wins in a wild weekend series at the Baylor Tournament in Waco, Texas.  Texas State escapes, Gophers stomp Tulsa Friday The Gophers dropped their...

Gophers drop to second in the Big Ten after tough loss at Penn State

February 22, 2020

Heading into the weekend tied atop the Big Ten standings with Penn State, Minnesota had the opportunity to take a firm lead in the standings, facing fellow first-place Penn State on the road.  Instead,...

Gophers prepapre for big series against Penn State as postseason draws closer

February 19, 2020

     As the postseason draws closer for Gopher men's hockey, there are more eyes on them as they now sit on top of the Big Ten standings and crack the national polls for the first...

The Gophers line up in preparation for their game against Ohio State in Mariucci Arena on Jan. 24, 2020. The Gophers went on to win 6 to 3.

Gophers secure win and tie against Notre Dame, continuing late-season rally

February 17, 2020

The Gophers secured a win and a tie in a two-game series against Notre Dame over the weekend. Minnesota now sits at first place in the Big Ten conference standings, tied with Penn State at 36 points. With...

Gophers Forward Jaxon Nelson follows the puck after a goal attempt at the 3M Arena at Marriucci on Friday, Feb. 7. Gophers won against Michigan State 4-1.

Gophers men’s hockey ready to face Notre Dame after loss

February 13, 2020

After losing to Michigan State on Saturday, and with it their six-game winning streak, the Gophers men's hockey team isn't worried about a late-season stumble.   They've handled the loss well, and...

Junior Amber Fiser pitches during the game against Louisiana State University on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Gophers win three of five games on opening weekend

February 11, 2020

The Gophers' softball team returned to the field for the first time in 2020 over the weekend, winning three games at the NFCA Division 1 Leadoff Classic.  Wins over Missouri State and NC State Friday In...

Gophers Forward Jaxon Nelson follows the puck after a goal attempt at the 3M Arena at Marriucci on Friday, Feb. 7. Gophers won against Michigan State 4-1.

Men’s hockey splits weekend with Spartans

February 10, 2020

Minnesota headed into its weekend series against the Michigan State Spartans on the cusp of a remarkable climb in the standings. Several weeks ago it looked like the Gophers were destined to stay at the...

Gophers Defenseman Tyler Nanne chases the puck at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The Gophers ended the night with a 6-3 victory over Ohio State. 

Minnesota continues its hot streak with Wisconsin sweep

February 3, 2020

Entering the weekend, the Gophers men's hockey team sat at fifth in the Big Ten standings, but by the end of the weekend, following a sweep of the Wisconsin Badgers, Minnesota now sits just one point out...

The Gophers line up in preparation for their game against Ohio State at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The Gophers ended the night with a 6-3 victory over Ohio State. 

Men’s hockey to keep new line together against Wisconsin

January 30, 2020

Minnesota's offensive spark in its series sweep over Ohio State last weekend came from an unlikely source.  The second line, which had just lost the team's top scorer Scott Reedy in the previous game...

Gophers Forward Ben Meyers takes a shot on net at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The Gophers ended the night with a 6-3 victory over Ohio State. 

Gophers men’s hockey sweeps Ohio State

January 27, 2020

Following a 2-1 exhibition loss to the U.S. Under-18 team last week, head coach Bob Motzko thought the team's energy was lacking.  There was no lack of energy this weekend. The Gophers swept the No....