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Junior Tyler Johnson runs the ball on Saturday, Sept. 14 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Tyler Johnson and wide receiving crew look to carry early success into Big Ten Play

Published September 20, 2018

Junior Tyler Johnson will enter Minnesota's first Big Ten game this weekend leading the league with five touchdowns. Johnson, who was highly touted as a recruit from nearby Minneapolis North, is primed...

Freshman Bryce Williams keeps the ball away Miami University on Saturday, Sept. 14 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Gophers rout Miami for third consecutive win

Published September 16, 2018

No Rodney Smith, no problem for Minnesota as it rolled over Miami to round out the non-conference part of the team's schedule with record of 3-0.  Minnesota beat Miami of Ohio (0-3) 26-3 on Saturday...

Gophers cruise past Miami for third consecutive victory

Published September 15, 2018

It is onto Big Ten play for the undefeated Gophers. Minnesota (3-0) defeated Miami (0-3) 26-3 on Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium. Junior Tyler Johnson caught three touchdown passes. True freshman...

Antoine Winfield Jr. is poised to be a star

Published September 13, 2018

When Antoine Winfield Jr. realized the running back was going to throw the ball in the back of the end zone, he caught up to the receiver and intercepted the ball while somehow keeping one foot on the...

Daily Breakdown: Gophers open up as two-touchdown favorites over Miami of Ohio

Published September 12, 2018

The Gophers jumped off to a quick start in their 2018 campaign with wins against New Mexico State and Fresno State.  This week Minnesota (2-0) will battle Miami of Ohio from the Mid-American Conference....

Running back Rodney Smith faces oncoming tackles as his team mates make a path during the game against New Mexico on Thursday, Aug. 30 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Smith out for the season with knee injury

Published September 10, 2018

Another injury blow has hit Minnesota's running game, this time to veteran Rodney Smith. Smith, the first-string running back and veteran leader of the Minnesota offense is out for the season due to a...

Redshirt Sophomore Seth Green attempts to avoid a tackle during the Gopher game against Fresno State on Saturday, Sept. 8 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Gophers running game adapts after Rodney Smith leaves game with injury

Published September 9, 2018

When the Gophers' (2-0) redshirt senior running back Rodney Smith left the field in the first quarter without putting any weight on his left leg, Minnesota was forced to find another replacement at the...

Quick Hitters: Minnesota dominated New Mexico State

Published September 6, 2018

Final: Minnesota 48 – New Mexico State 10  After a slow start to their first home game of the season, the Gophers were able to put together a 28-point second quarter to pull away from the Aggies...

Questions from the other side: Robert Kuwada

Published September 6, 2018

The Minnesota Daily sports staff chatted with Robert Kuwada, a sports reporter from The Fresno Bee, about the Gophers' upcoming Saturday game against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Q: What are some things...

Seth Green celebrates earning a touchdown with quarterback Zack Annexstad during the game against New Mexico on Thursday, Aug. 30 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 48-10.

Gophers dominate New Mexico State in season opener

Published August 31, 2018

A 10-7 deficit in the second quarter was no match for an offensive explosion from Minnesota in the second quarter to lead the Gophers to victory Thursday. The Gophers (1-0) beat the Aggies (0-2) 48-10...

Senior Matic Spec returns the ball during a game against Ohio State at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

Gophers to play Georgia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

Published May 2, 2018

The Gophers will travel to Norman, Oklahoma to face the University of Georgia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as announced on the NCAA selection show Tuesday.  Whichever team wins will...

Riley Johnson plays at the Windsong Golf Club during the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 13, 2015.

Gophers finish last in the Big Ten championships

Published April 30, 2018

The Gophers finished last in what is likely their last tournament of the season. Minnesota finished 14th at the Big Ten championships this weekend. The Gophers shot a combined 56-over par. The two seniors,...

Senior Felix Corwin returns the ball during a match against Ohio State University at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

Gophers lose to Ohio State in Big Ten championships semifinals

Published April 30, 2018

The No. 3 team in the country proved to be too tough for the No. 37 Gophers.  Minnesota lost to Ohio State 4-1 on the Saturday morning of the semifinals of Big Ten championships. The tournament took...

Senior Caroline Ryba competes in her singles match against the University of Michigan at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 23.

Gophers fall in round one of the Big Ten championships; season ends

Published April 30, 2018

The Gophers came into the Big Ten championships with the best home record, 12-2, in the team's history. That fit well with the fact that Minnesota was hosting the conference tournament, but Maryland traveled...

Riley Johnson plays at the Windsong Golf Club during the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 13, 2015.

Gophers lean on experience heading into Big Ten championships

Published April 26, 2018

Heading into the Big Ten championships, the Gophers feel they are peaking at the right time.  Minnesota is coming off their tie for sixth out of 13 teams at the Hawkeye Invitational in tough weather...

Matic Spec returns the ball during a match against Ohio State University at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

Senior Matic Spec excelling at right time for Gophers

Published April 26, 2018

Throughout college, senior Matic Spec has had trouble finding the form he once had in his freshman season — until now. Spec, who currently is on a nine-match winning streak heading into his final Big...

Senior Sabrine Garrison follows her drive during the Minnesota Invitational on Sept. 11, 2017 at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minnesota.

Sabrine Garrison shines in her final Big Ten championships

Published April 23, 2018

Senior Sabrine Garrison said she was emotional after finishing her final collegiate round.  In her last tournament, Minnesota's only senior finished in seventh at the Big Ten championships.  Garrison...

Senior Matic Spec returns the ball during a game against Ohio State at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

Gophers blow out Wildcats; lose to Illinois to close out regular season

Published April 23, 2018

Senior Matic Spec won in straight sets on Sunday to extend his consecutive match winning streak to nine. However, Spec's victory was the only point for the Gophers on the day.   No. 35 Minnesota (14-7,...

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

Gophers split series with victory over Iowa and loss to Nebraska

Published April 23, 2018

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher reached 21 victories on the season, but that was not enough for the dual victory.  Minnesota (14-11, 6-5) lost to No. 46 Nebraska (18-6, 7-4) 4-3 on the outdoor courts in...

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball to the University of Northern Iowa with partner Mehvish Safdar at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Jan. 26.

Mehvish Safdar remains strong suit in doubles

Published April 19, 2018

It seems as though every tennis player has their own unique game.  Senior Mehvish Safdar does not normally play in the singles portion of the dual, but she is considered one of the top doubles players...

Senior Sabrine Garrison follows her drive during the Minnesota Invitational on Sept. 11, 2017 at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minnesota.

Sabrine Garrison closes out collegiate career; looks for medical schools

Published April 19, 2018

Gophers senior Sabrine Garrison will play in her last Big Ten Championship this weekend.  In her head coach's words, Garrison is the epitome of what a student-athlete represents. Garrison has flourished...

Riley Johnson plays at the Windsong Golf Club during the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 13, 2015.

Minnesota finishes tied for eighth in shortened Hawkeye Invitational

Published April 16, 2018

Even when conditions got tough with wind, rain and cold, senior Riley Johnson put together his best finish with Minnesota in Iowa City, Iowa.   He finished tied for eighth. Minnesota finished tied...

Junior Muyu Wu plays at the fourth annual Minnesota Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Minikahda Club.

Gophers finish 10th in shortened Lady Buckeye Invitational

Published April 16, 2018

Junior Muyu Wu led the Gophers along with Joanne Free in a shortened tournament over the weekend. Minnesota placed 10th in the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational that featured 14 teams, including nine Big...

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

The Gophers drop two matches to top 15 teams in Illinois

Published April 16, 2018

A couple of slow starts for Minnesota set them back in its road trip to Illinois over the weekend.  Minnesota (13-10, 5-4 Big Ten) lost to No. 12 Northwestern (17-4, 10-0 Big Ten) 6-1 on Sunday in...

Senior Matic Spec returns the ball during a game against Ohio State at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

Gophers sweep Michigan State; postpone Sunday match against Michigan

Published April 16, 2018

Ninety minutes into the dual match against Michigan State, Minnesota had clinched its sixth Big Ten victory of the season.  The No. 36 Gophers (13-6, 6-2 Big Ten) beat Michigan State (8-15, 1-7 Big...

Freshman Vlad Lobak returns the ball during his doubles match with partner Eli Ogilvy against the University of Pennsylvania at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Vlad Lobek learns from his freshman season

Published April 12, 2018

For freshman Vlad Lobek, the past weekend in Indiana offered a prime example of learning from experience.  Last Friday, the winner of the match would take home the victory in the dual against Indiana....

Sophomore Muyu Wu plays at the fourth annual Minnesota Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Minikahda Club.

Muyu Wu transitions from China and becomes Gophers’ top golfer in the spring

Published April 12, 2018

In China, Muyu Wu sent out emails to coaches across the Big Ten that contained her scores and her swing in hopes of playing college golf. Her talent caught the eye of Minnesota head coach Michele Redman.  The...

Freshman Vlad Lobak returns the ball during his doubles match with partner Eli Ogilvy against the University of Pennsylvania at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Vlad Lobek redeems himself with dual-clinching victory

Published April 9, 2018

Freshman Vlad Lobek forced a third set on Friday in Indiana, but could not win the final match of the day to get the victory for the Gophers.  On Sunday, however, he redeemed himself and earned the...

Senior Caroline Ryba looks to return the ball at Baseline Tennis Center on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017.

Gophers women’s tennis go undefeated against Ohio State, Penn State

Published April 9, 2018

It was a senior season to remember for Minnesota’s Caroline Ryba and Mehvish Safdar.  Earlier in her senior year, Ryba had eclipsed the 50-match mark in the No. 1 singles spot. Safdar, along with...

Sophomore Tina Kreinis competes in her singles match against the University of Michigan at the baseline tennis center on Friday, March 23.

By channelling emotions, sophomore Tina Kreinis brings energy to Gophers

Published April 5, 2018

Sophomore Tina Kreinis is known by her teammates for her tenacity on the court. In her second year at Minnesota, she is learning how to channel it.  Kreinis said her competitiveness comes from being...

Angus Flanagan drives a ball at the 12th hole during the Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farms Golf Club in Independence, Minnesota on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Gophers finish 16th at The Goodwin

Published April 3, 2018

The Gophers improved their position on the leaderboard each day on their trip to California over the weekend. Minnesota participated at The Goodwin in Palo Alto, California on the Stanford University campus....

Sophomore Stefan Milicevic returns the ball during a match against Ohio State University at Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, March 30.

Gophers split matches versus ranked foes

Published April 2, 2018

The Gophers pulled the dual match even at 2-2 with three matches left all in the third set, but could not finish the job as the Buckeyes ended on top Friday. No. 33 Minnesota (11-5, 4-1 Big Ten) faced...

Riley Johnson plays at the Windsong Golf Club during the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 13, 2015.

Senior Riley Johnson improves from underclassmen seasons

Published March 29, 2018

Senior Riley Johnson doesn’t go a day without thinking of the game of golf and how he can out work anyone in order to become someone great, he said. Associate head coach Justin Smith said, through his...

Senior Felix Corwin returns the ball during his singles match against the University of Pennsylvania at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Felix Corwin excels after taking over the No. 1 singles spot

Published March 29, 2018

Since Feb. 10, senior Felix Corwin has gone 8-1 in the No. 1 singles position for the Gophers.  Corwin, who started the season playing in the No. 2 spot, is now ranked No. 93 by ITA after starting...

Junior Josip Krstanovic returns the ball during his singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 2.

Minnesota men’s tennis earns two conference victories

Published March 26, 2018

Minnesota came into conference play over the weekend with a 1-0 record in the Big Ten. By the end of their two duals, the Gophers remained undefeated. No. 35 Minnesota (10-4, 3-0) beat Nebraska (9-6, 0-3)...

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

Gophers lose two matches over the weekend

Published March 26, 2018

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher improved her spring record to 17-2, but other Minnesota players could not figure out the Hoosiers. Minnesota (11-8, 3-2) lost to Indiana (13-6, 1-3) 5-2 on Sunday afternoon in...

Junior Barbara Mancera returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

Barbara ‘Bita’ Mancera is now comfortable after transferring

Published March 22, 2018

After she recovered from an injury, junior Barbara Mancera has improved with her new team. Mancera is 13-4 in singles play during the spring season on the women's tennis team and plays predominantly in...

Sophomore Cammy Frei returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

Gophers beat Maryland, Rutgers

Published March 19, 2018

Minnesota improved to 3-0 in the Big Ten after a victory over the Scarlet Knights.  The Gophers (11-6, 3-0) beat Rutgers (5-6, 0-2) 7-0 on Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center. Like they did in their...

Junior Muyu Wu plays at the fourth annual Minnesota Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Minikahda Club.

Gophers finish tied for 11th in the Clover Cup

Published March 19, 2018

Junior Muyu Wu put together a top 20 finish in the Gophers latest tournament in Arizona.  Wu led the way for the Gophers by finishing tied for 18th. The Gophers finished tied for 11th with a combined...

Angus Flanagan hits his drive at the 12th hole during the Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farms Golf Club in Independence, Minnesota on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Gophers tie for 11th in the Schenkel Invitational

Published March 19, 2018

The Gophers trip to Georgia included a career round from senior Charlie Duensing.  Duensing led the way in the second round, shooting a career-best, five-under 67. Minnesota finished tied for 11th...

Gophers lose 4-0 in NCAA Quarterfinal

Published March 11, 2018

The last time the Gophers didn’t make the Frozen Four, the year was 2011.  That changed when a trip back to Ridder Arena and a seventh straight Frozen Four was on the line in Saturday’s game against...

The Gopher womens hockey team watches on as senior defenseman Sydney Baldwin brings the puck down the ice on Dec. 1, 2017 at Ridder Arena.

Minnesota’s season ends in first round loss to Wisconsin

Published March 10, 2018

The last time the Gophers didn’t make the Frozen Four, the year was 2011.  That changed when a trip back to Ridder Arena and a seventh straight Frozen Four was on the line in Saturday’s game against...

Forward Taylor Williamson battles with Badgers defender Melissa Channell for the puck during the WCHA Final Faceoff at Ridder Arena on March 6, 2016.

After autoimmune disease, Taylor Williamson battles back into NCAA Tournament

Published March 8, 2018

Three minutes into Sunday’s WCHA championship game, the Gophers were gridlocked with the top-ranked Badgers at one goal apiece.  No. 7 Minnesota was the underdog. Wisconsin had previously won the...

Gophers finish ninth in Tiger Invitational

Published March 8, 2018

Freshman Angus Flanagan led the way for the Gophers as they participated in the Tiger Invitational. Minnesota finished ninth out of 17 teams on Tuesday. The tournament was played at The Grand National...

Senior Sabrine Garrison follows her drive during the Minnesota Invitational on Sept. 11, 2017 at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minnesota.

Gophers finish 11th in the Meadow Club Women’s Intercollegiate

Published March 8, 2018

The Gophers traveled to their first tournament in three weeks. The team finished outside the top 10 in Fairfax, California. Minnesota finished the Meadow Club Women’s Collegiate in 11th place on Tuesday....

Head womens tennis coach Catrina Thompson observes practice on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

Head coach Catrina Thompson earns first Big ten victory

Published March 7, 2018

With three matches remaining and needing only one more victory in singles competition, Minnesota’s sophomore Tina Kreinis dug deep to win in three sets to clinch the Big Ten season opener for the Gophers.  Minnesota...

Junior Josip Krstanovic returns the ball during his singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 2.

Gophers win two matches on road trip

Published March 7, 2018

The Gophers won two close matches on their road trip in Washington.  Minnesota (8-3) beat Washington (8-5) 4-3 on Saturday and followed that up with another 4-3 victory over Portland (6-6) on Sunday....

The Gophers celebrate their empty-net goal late in the third period to seal their victory in the WCHA championship game against Wisconsin at Ridder Arena on Sunday, March 4.

Gophers shock Wisconsin to win WCHA Final Faceoff Championship

Published March 5, 2018

Hockey sticks, gloves and helmets from Minnesota flew in the air as the players and coaches rushed to embrace each other, horn blaring to signify the end of the third period.  In the moments during...

Gophers win the WCHA Final Faceoff championship

Published March 4, 2018

   The Gophers captured their first WCHA Final Faceoff championship in four years after holding on to beat Wisconsin by one goal .  Wisconsin had won the previous three Final Faceoff’s...

Forward Lindsay Agnew fights for the puck during a game against Ohio State for the WCHA Final Faceoff semifinal on March 3 at Ridder Arena.

Gophers advance to Final Faceoff championship

Published March 4, 2018

Minnesota’s hopes of winning a WCHA Final Faceoff stayed alive Saturday after a tough, hard fought 2-0 victory over Ohio State. The Gophers will now face Wisconsin Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ridder Arena to...

Gophers advance to the championship of the WCHA Final Face-Off

Published March 4, 2018

   Minnesota’s hopes of winning a WCHA Final Faceoff continue after a tough, hard fought 2-0 victory over Ohio State.  This was the fifth time these two teams matched up and the first...

Forward Kelly Pannek watches the puck drop during a game against Ohio State on Feb. 27, 2016.

Gophers face tough matchup with Ohio State for WCHA Final Faceoff semifinal

Published March 1, 2018

Minnesota enters the weekend looking to win the WCHA Final Faceoff and punch an automatic ticket to the NCAA Tournament. In order to do that, they have to go through one of their toughest opponents. The...

Senior Rúnar Arnórsson checks the wind during the Gopher Invitational at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minnesota on Sept. 10, 2017.

Senior Runar Arnorsson perfects golf game with little sleep

Published March 1, 2018

Senior Rúnar Arnórsson runs on batteries. When Arnórsson plans out his day, he makes no room for sitting down. He is either cooking, working on homework or playing golf. He will go to bed at 2 a.m....

Riley Johnson plays at the Windsong Golf Club during the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 13, 2015.

Gophers lose in head-to-head matchup against Houston

Published February 26, 2018

Minnesota was back in action for the first time since the Big Ten Match Play. It traveled down to Houston to play in a golf-dual meet against the Cougars. This is the only time in the spring that Minnesota...

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

Gophers split double-header in Washington

Published February 26, 2018

The Gophers traveled to the Pacific Northwest to play a double header on Friday.  Minnesota lost 4-3 to Washington State and got the victory 7-0 over Eastern Washington in Pullman, Washington. Junior...

Senior Matic Spec returns the ball during his singles match against the University of Pennsylvania at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Minnesota wins both matches over the weekend at Baseline Tennis Center

Published February 26, 2018

The Gophers weekend was highlighted by freshman Vlad Lobak's first career doubles victory on Sunday.  With his partner, Eli Ogilvy, the pair won 6-2 in the No. 3 doubles spot and finished off the...

FOR PAPER ONLY DO NOT EDIT OTHER WOMEN’S HOCKEY STORIES: Minnesota sweeps St. Cloud State and moves on to face Ohio State in the WCHA semifinals

Published February 25, 2018

The Gophers scored two goals Saturday from a duo who had only combined for four other goals all year prior to the playoff game against St. Cloud State.    Defenseman Emily Brown put the Gophers...

Senior Cara Piazza keeps her balance as she attempts a shot during a game against St. Cloud State at the Roseville Skating Center on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.

Gophers advance to WCHA semifinals after victory over St. Cloud State

Published February 25, 2018

The Gophers received two goals from a duo who combined for six goals all year.    Defenseman Emily Brown put the Gophers ahead 8:57 into the first period. Then, sophomore defenseman Patti Marshall...

Forward Grace Zumwinkle readies to hit the puck during the first round of the WCHA Playoffs against St. Cloud State on Friday.

Gophers beat St. Cloud in first game of WCHA playoffs

Published February 24, 2018

The Gophers extended their unbeaten streak against St. Cloud State to 40 games on Friday night.  Minnesota entered the first weekend of the WCHA playoffs knowing that if it lost to St. Cloud State...

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

Caitlyn Merzbacher adjusts to first year without her dad coaching

Published February 22, 2018

Junior Caitlyn Merzbacher had one tennis coach her whole life.  Chuck Merzbacher was the women’s tennis coach at Minnesota for five years and, in his last two years for the Gophers, he coached his...

Forward Lindsay Agnew passes the puck during a game against Bemidji State on Dec. 12, 2017.

Lindsay Agnew learns how to play at higher level after Nations Cup

Published February 22, 2018

Sophomore forward Lindsay Agnew scored two first period goals off of two assists from fellow sophomore linemate Taylor Williamson the last time the Gophers took the ice against the Huskies. Agnew will...

Freshman Jackson Allen returns the ball during his singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 2.

Gophers beat Wisconsin in Big Ten opener

Published February 19, 2018

A player from Minnesota was the deciding factor in the Gophers' dual versus Wisconsin. In the Big Ten action of his career, the Shakopee, Minnesota native, Jackson Allen, put his stamp on the boarder battle...

Junior Barbara Mancera returns the ball during her singles match against the University of South Dakota at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 9.

The Gophers drop two matches in Missouri

Published February 19, 2018

The Gophers first road trip did not go well. Minnesota (7-3) dropped both matches against Missouri (9-1) and Memphis (6-3) by a score of 4-3 in Columbia, Missouri on Friday and Saturday.  Each dual...

Forward Nicole Schammel goes after the puck during the Gophers game against Wisconsin at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

No. 1 Wisconsin sweeps Gophers to end regular season

Published February 18, 2018

The Gophers were swept by Wisconsin for the second time this season. No. 7 Minnesota (20-10-3, 13-8-3) lost to No. 1 Wisconsin (29-3-2, 20-2-2-2) 1-0 in the final regular season game Saturday afternoon...

No. 1 Wisconsin beats No. 7 Gophers in comeback fashion 4-3

Published February 17, 2018

   The Gophers did all they could to hang with the best team in the nation, but they could not finish on top.  Minnesota (20-9-3, 9-6-2) lost to Wisconsin (28-3-2, 19-2-2-2) 4-3 on the road...

Forward Nicole Schammel goes after the puck during the Gophers game against Wisconsin at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

No. 1 Wisconsin comes from behind to beat Minnesota

Published February 17, 2018

The Gophers did all they could to hang with the best team in the nation, but they could not finish on top.  Minnesota (20-9-3, 13-7-3 WCHA) lost to Wisconsin (28-3-2, 19-2-2-2 WCHA) 4-3 on the road...

Junior Josip Krstanovic returns the ball during his singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 2.

Josip Krstanovic moves up in singles play

Published February 15, 2018

Junior Josip Krstanovic ran back and forth, breathing heavily as he chased after tennis balls at practice as the Gophers prepared for the upcoming match on Saturday against their rival, Wisconsin.  Krstanovic...

Defenseman Sophie Skarzynski passes the puck during a game against Bemidji State on Dec. 1, 2017.

Sophie Skarzynski plays offense and defense in Gophers Olympics year

Published February 15, 2018

One night, junior Sophie Skarzynski could be scoring goals from the forward position and the next night she could be blocking shots from the defenseman position.  In a year where the Gophers have...

Angus Flanagan competes in the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 10, 2017.

Gophers take eighth in Big Ten Match Play event

Published February 12, 2018

Minnesota defeated two Big Ten teams to open up its season with the Big Ten Match Play event. The Gophers' luck, however, ran out there. The Gophers finished eighth in the Big Ten Match Play championship...

Senior Felix Corwin lunges for the ball during his doubles match against NC State on Jan. 20.

Gophers split two matches in New Hampshire

Published February 12, 2018

Minnesota bounced back from losing on Friday and split the weekend in its next dual. On Friday night, the Gophers (3-3) lost to undefeated Dartmouth 5-2. They followed that loss by beating Rice (3-3) the...

Gophers sweep the weekend with three dual match victories

Published February 12, 2018

When senior Caroline Ryba took the court on Friday afternoon, she celebrated her 50th consecutive start in the Gophers' No. 1 singles position.  For Ryba and the Gophers, the weekend could not have...

Junior Muyu Wu plays at the fourth annual Minnesota Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at the Minikahda Club.

Gophers open their season in Florida

Published February 12, 2018

The Gophers opened their spring season with a trip down to Florida for the Florida State Match Up.  The team came back home with a better mark than only one team at the event. In the Gophers' first...

Senior Caroline Ryba looks to return the ball at Baseline Tennis Center on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017.

Caroline Ryba to make 50th consecutive start in the No. 1 singles spot

Published February 8, 2018

Senior Caroline Ryba has been an essential part of Minnesota her whole career, closing in on her 50th consecutive match in the No. 1 singles spot.  Her strategy isn’t to overpower other players...

Senior Caroline Ryba prepares to return the ball to the University of Northern Iowa during her singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Jan. 26.

Gophers fall in the championship of the Courtside Classic

Published February 5, 2018

With both teams lining the sidelines and tensions rising, Utah was able to take home the Courtside Classic trophy.    Minnesota (4-1) lost 4-3 to Utah (1-1) in a tight match Sunday. The match...

Junior Josip Krstanovic returns the ball during his singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 2.

Gophers win despite having two seniors out of lineup

Published February 5, 2018

Seniors Matic Spec and Felix Corwin were out of the lineup on Friday, allowing young players like Josip Krstanovic to step into a new role.  The underclassmen stepped up and didn't concede a match...

Lindsay Agnew skates towards the puck on Friday, Dec. 8 at Ridder Arena.

After they lost in a shootout, Gophers defeat St. Cloud in second game

Published February 5, 2018

Minnesota gave up a two-goal lead late in the third period in its first game of the series. The team was determined to bounce back after a disappointing tie. The Gophers got off to an early start once...

The Gopher womens hockey team watches on as senior defenseman Sydney Baldwin brings the puck down the ice on Dec. 1, 2017 at Ridder Arena.

Gophers prevent St. Cloud comeback in second game of series

Published February 4, 2018

Forward Lindsay Agnew and defensemen Sydney Baldwin helped lead Minnesota to a bounce back victory over St. Cloud in game two of the weekend series.  Minnesota (20-8-3) defeated St. Cloud (6-18-5)...

Felix Corwin returns the ball at the Baseline Tennis Center on April 21.

Gophers learning from tough nonconference schedule

Published February 2, 2018

The Gophers have started against smaller schools before getting into conference play in seasons past, but this year is different.  Minnesota (1-2) has played against NC State (4-0), Tennessee (7-2)...

Grace Zumwinkle keeps the puck away from a Minnesota-Duluth player on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

Minnesota prepares for road trip with second place on the line

Published February 1, 2018

Gophers women's hockey away record is better than its home one, and the team hopes that will continue the next two weeks. The Gophers will finish the regular season with two road trips to St. Cloud, Minn....

Junior Camila Vargas Gomez returns the ball during her singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Jan. 26.

Women’s tennis coach gets her first career victory; Men’s team can’t advance to ITA Indoor Finals

Published January 29, 2018

Head coach Catrina Thompson entered the weekend looking for her first career win as a head coach. She left the weekend with three victories. Minnesota (3-0) played three dual matches on Friday and Saturday...

Forward Cara Piazza looks to pass the puck at the Ridder Arena on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Minnesota’s seniors lead the way in their final home game

Published January 28, 2018

Minnesota's senior day was a night to remember and two players receiving honors were a big reason why. Goaltender Sidney Peters denied every chance from Mankato and forward Cara Piazza delivered the game-winning...

The Gopher womens hockey team watches on as senior defenseman Sydney Baldwin brings the puck down the ice on Dec. 1, 2017 at Ridder Arena.

Gophers take first game of series against Mankato

Published January 27, 2018

The Gophers entered Friday night’s game having beaten the Mankato State-Mankato 48 straight times.  No. 7 Minnesota (18-8-2, 11-6-2 WCHA) continued that streak, defeating the Mavericks (3-21-1,...

Senior Caroline Ryba looks to return the ball at Baseline Tennis Center on Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017.

Gophers prepare for dual season in spring

Published January 25, 2018

The Gophers have had little time to practice with the coaching staff as the spring season approaches, but that does not mean they will be unprepared. Minnesota’s last match was on Nov. 5. Since then,...

Senior goaltender Sidney Peters guards the goal in the third period at Ridder Arena on Sunday, Oct. 29.

Gophers seniors to play final game at Ridder Arena

Published January 25, 2018

Minnesota is just one of two women's hockey programs to have its own stadium.  For the Gophers, though, Ridder Arena is just known as home.   The Gophers (17-8-2, 10-6-2 WCHA) will take on Mankato...

Senior Felix Corwin lunges for the ball during his doubles match against NC State on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Gophers drop tight match against NC State

Published January 22, 2018

With the dual tied 3-3, fans at Baseline Tennis Center shifted their attention to the final match of the day. Minnesota’s No. 35 Stefan Milicevic went up against No. 16 Alexis Galarneau of NC State in...

Redshirt junior forward Nicole Schammel skates with the puck on Friday Dec. 8 at Ridder Arena.

Ohio State sweeps Minnesota with high-octane offense

Published January 20, 2018

Minnesota's trip to Ohio did not go as planned for the team. The No. 5 Gophers (17-8-2, 10-6-2-0 WCHA) lost to No. 7 Ohio State (17-5-4, 10-2-4-3 WCHA) 5-1 on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The Gophers lone...

Sophomore forward Alex Woken maneuvers the puck away from a Bemidji State player at Ridder Arena on Friday, Dec. 1. The Gophers won 3-2 in overtime.

Gophers suffer first road loss of season

Published January 20, 2018

Coming into Friday's game against Ohio State, the Gophers had a 10-0 road record. At the end of the second period, it looked like Minnesota was going to add another win. The Gophers (17-7-2, 10-5-2 WCHA)...

Gophers sophomore Matic Spec returns the ball to South Florida in the Baseline Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 5.

Despite flight delays with early classes, Gophers ready to start season

Published January 19, 2018

The Gophers went through their share of headaches to get back from their vacation to Australia during the Australian Open tennis tournament. Minnesota's plane from Australia to Los Angeles ended up coming...

Redshirt junior forward Nicole Schammel skates with the puck on Friday Dec. 8 at Ridder Arena.

Gophers split series with Vermont

Published January 15, 2018

Minnesota's game against Vermont on Saturday came down to the last period. The final score, however, did not reflect that. The No. 5 Gophers (17-6-2) beat Vermont (6-14-4) 6-1 in game two of the weekend...

The Gophers score five goals in third period, pull away from Catamounts

Published January 14, 2018

   The floodgates opened for the Golden Gophers in the third period of Saturday night’s game.   The Gophers (16-6-2) beat Vermont (6-14-4) 6-1 in game two of the weekend series against...

Gophers drop first game against the Catamounts

Published January 13, 2018

   It was a homecoming to remember for Minnesota native and Vermont goaltender Sydney Scobee, who picked up the win against the Gophers. Scobbe held a shutout for 55 minutes of the game.  The...

Head coach Richard Pitino directs the team from the sideline on Thursday, Nov. 2 at Williams Arena.

Gophers men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino on Reggie Lynch: “We never saw any red flags leading up to this”

Published January 5, 2018

University of Minnesota basketball center Reggie Lynch is suspended, Gophers Athletics Director Mark Coyle announced Friday. Multiple outlets reported Thursday night Lynch had violated the school's sexual...

Redshirt junior forward Nicole Schammel skates with the puck on Friday, Dec. 8 at Ridder Arena.

Gophers end 2017 with a blowout win versus Minnesota-Duluth

Published December 11, 2017

Grace Zumwinkle rushed down the middle of the ice, put a move past the Bulldogs' goaltender Jessica Convery and scored a goal with under 10 seconds left in the second period. The score made it a five-goal...

Forward Cara Piazza looks to pass the puck at the Ridder Arena on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Cara Piazza leads in Olympic year

Published December 7, 2017

Senior Cara Piazza has already surpassed her point total from last year with 15 points so far, but it is her work with teammates that has made head coach Brad Frost happy.  “Cara is the type of...

Sophomore forward Alex Woken maneuvers the puck away from a Bemidji State player at Ridder Arena on Friday, Dec. 1. The Gophers won 3-2 in overtime.

Minnesota wins in overtime Friday; loses Saturday to Bemidji State

Published December 4, 2017

With time running out, Grace Zumwinkle sent a slap shot to the back of the net off of a one-timer in overtime to lift the Gophers to a win in game one against Bemidji State on Friday. However, the team...

Forward senior Caitlin Reilly skates down the ice with puck at Ridder Arena on Sunday, Oct. 29.

Though part of a hockey family, Caitlin Reilly makes her own mark

Published November 30, 2017

Senior Caitlin Reilly comes from a family deeply rooted in Minnesota hockey, but she has made her own name on the ice this season. Reilly, who transferred from Penn State after her freshman year, was the...

Forward Cara Piazza looks to pass the puck at the Ridder Arena on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Minnesota sweeps Lindenwood with goal in overtime Sunday

Published November 27, 2017

Just 50 seconds into overtime, Olivia Knowles received a pass from Sophie Skarzynski and cemented the sweep for the Gophers.  No. 6 Minnesota (13-4-1, 8-3-1 WCHA) defeated Lindenwood (2-9-1, 2-4-0...

Forward Davonte Fitzgerald blocks an Alabama A&M player during the game on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Williams Arena. 

Murphy continues to roll as Gophers dismantle Alabama A&M

Published November 22, 2017

The No. 14 Gophers had everyone involved in a 100-57 route of the Alabama A&M Bulldogs on Tuesday.  Five players on Minnesota (5-0) reached double digits and 12 players total scored. Alabama A&M...

Defenseman Sydney Baldwin passes the puck at Ridder Arena on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Minnesota completes weekend sweep of St. Cloud State

Published November 20, 2017

It was a productive weekend for Gophers forward Nicole Schammel.  Schammel scored twice in Minnesota's 4-3 win on Saturday. The Gophers (11-4-1) swept their weekend series against St. Cloud State...

Woken scores two goals in five minutes to lead Gophers to 3-0 victory against St. Cloud

Published November 19, 2017

   The Gophers scored three goals in the first five minutes of the game and that was all they needed to pick up the Gophers fifth straight win.  The Gophers beat St. Cloud State 3-0 on Friday....