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Ona Loper and Lexy Ramler, Photo courtesy Gopher Athletics, Kelly Hagenson.

Ramler, Loper leaving Gophers women’s gymnastics as two of the program’s greatest

Published May 3, 2022
The duo will leave the program with everlasting memories and impacts on teammates, coaches, fans and the rest of the gymnastics world, which has yet to sink in.
Episode 43: Chatting with Gophers gymnastics’ Lexy Ramler and Ona Loper

Episode 43: Chatting with Gophers gymnastics’ Lexy Ramler and Ona Loper

Published May 2, 2022
In this week's episode of the "Weekly Rundown," reporter Michael Lyne is joined by fifth-years Lexy Ramler and Ona Loper to discuss their gymnastics careers, close relationship and time spent at the University.
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 men’s hockey’s Chaz Lucius inks NHL deal with the Winnipeg Jets

Published April 27, 2022
The Winnipeg Jets drafted freshman Chaz Lucius in the first round, 18th overall, in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Sophomore Sara Kinch smiles as she helps the Gophers to a 9-3 win over St. Thomas on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers softball tops St. Thomas 9-3 in first-ever Division 1 meeting

Published April 27, 2022
Minnesota hit four solo home runs, two of which came in back-to-back at-bats.
Redshirt Senior Ellee Jensen Courtesy of Brad Rempel, Gopher Sports.

 Gophers softball loses 4-3 against Maryland in series finale, drops series 2-1

Published April 24, 2022
Despite scoring 13 runs to win in the first game of the series, Minnesota went on to score a combined four runs in their next two games in back-to-back losses against Maryland.
Episode 41: Men’s hockey falls in Frozen Four

Episode 41: Men’s hockey falls in Frozen Four

Published April 19, 2022
In this week’s episode of “The Weekly Rundown,” our staff discussed the end of the men’s hockey season in the Frozen Four and women’s gymnastics NCAA Championship semifinals results.
Minnesota fifth-year Ona Loper recorded her career-high score of 39.725 against Michigan on Monday, Jan. 24, 2021.

Gophers gymnastics places third in session one of NCAA Championships semifinals, guaranteed the best finish in program history

Published April 14, 2022
Minnesota is guaranteed at lowest a seventh-place finish, marking the highest placing at the NCAA Championships in program history.
Forward Ben Meyers follows the puck across the rink at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.

Gophers men’s hockey’s Ben Meyers inks NHL contract with Colorado Avalanche

Published April 13, 2022
In his junior season, the Minnesota co-captain participated in the Olympics and was the Big Ten Player of the Year after recording 41 points in 34 games.
Forward Blake McLaughlin skates with the puck during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. The Gophers won 3-2 in double overtime.

Gophers men’s hockey’s Blake McLaughlin signs NHL contract with the Anaheim Ducks

Published April 10, 2022
The Anaheim Ducks selected senior Blake McLaughlin in the third round and 79th overall of the 2018 NHL Draft.
Minnesota goaltender Justen Close on the ice in a game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Feb. 26, 2022.

Gophers men’s hockey falls 5-1 to Minnesota State in NCAA semifinals

Published April 8, 2022
Freshman Matthew Knies scored the lone goal for the Gophers before the Mavericks scored five unanswered goals.
Mya Hooten, courtesy of Bjorn Franke - Gopher Athletics.

‘Back for More’: Gophers gymnastics advances to the NCAA National Championships

Published April 3, 2022
Minnesota has clinched a spot in back-to-back NCAA National Championships appearances for the first time in the program’s history.
Courtesy of Gopher Athletics

Ramler, Loper fuel Gophers gymnastics to Norman Regional final

Published March 31, 2022
Fifth-years Lexy Ramler and Ona Loper totaled matching 39.675s in the all-around to share the all-around title.
Forward Matthew Knies checks an opponent into the boards in a game against the Wisonsin Badgers on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn. Knies scored two goals in the Big Ten Tournament game against Michigan to bring the Gophers loss to 4-3.

Gophers men’s hockey tops Western Michigan 3-0, advances to Frozen Four

Published March 27, 2022
Minnesota junior goaltender Justen Close recorded 24 saves en route to earning his third career shutout.
Members of the Minnesota mens hockey team give a stick salute to the fans at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn. after completing a sweep of the Wisconsin Badgers with an 8-0 win on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.

Gophers men’s hockey completes comeback in 4-3 overtime victory over UMass

Published March 25, 2022
In his 100th collegiate game, junior co-captain Ben Meyers scored the game-winning overtime goal for Minnesota in their 4-3 victory.
Captain Sammy Walker shoots the puck in a game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.

Gophers men’s hockey will face off against UMass for the first time at the NCAA tournament

Published March 24, 2022
Minnesota is 4-0-0 all-time against the Minutemen.
Courtesy of Brad Rempel - Gopher Athletics.

Gophers gymnastics takes fourth place at Big Ten Championships

Published March 19, 2022
Fifth-year Lexy Ramler finished in second place in the all-around and took home shares in the Big Ten Bars and Beam Titles.
Gophers Mens Hockey Forward Ben Meyers brings the puck around the Michigan Wolverines net during the Big Ten Championship game in 3M arena at Mariucci on Saturday, March 19, 2022.

Gophers men’s hockey falls to Michigan 4-3 in Big Ten Championship

Published March 19, 2022
Freshman Matthew Knies scored two power-play goals with less than a minute remaining in regulation as Minnesota’s comeback effort fell short.
Bacon earns back-to-back national titles in the 3-meter springboard

Bacon earns back-to-back national titles in the 3-meter springboard

Published March 18, 2022
The national title marks the fifth of Bacon’s collegiate career.
Members of the Minnesota mens hockey team give a stick salute to the fans at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn. after completing a sweep of the Wisconsin Badgers with an 8-0 win on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.

Gophers men’s hockey make a splash in Big Ten postseason honors

Published March 15, 2022
Head coach Bob Motzko won Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second time in his tenure with Minnesota.
Captain Sammy Walker takes a shot in a game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Minnesota went on to win 8-0.

Gophers men’s hockey defeats Penn State 3-2, advances to the Big Ten Championship

Published March 13, 2022
Junior co-captain Ben Meyers recorded his fourth-consecutive multi-point performance after tallying one goal and an assist.
Minnesota fifth-year Ona Loper recorded her career-high score of 39.725 against Michigan on Monday, Jan. 24, 2021.

Gophers gymnastics shines on senior night, finishes first place in quad meet

Published March 12, 2022
Fifth-years Ona Loper and Lexy Ramler tied each other in the all-around with a score of 39.650 to share the all-around title.
Fifth year gymnast Ona Loper swings on the uneven bars in a meet against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Feb. 12, 2022 at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers gymnastics falls short against Utah

Published March 5, 2022
Minnesota totaled 197.850 as a team, which comes as the second-highest team score in program history.
Members of the Gophers mens hockey team celebrate with their trophy after beating the Wisconsin Badgers 8-0 for the 2022 Big Ten regular-season championship on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers men’s hockey routs Wisconsin 8-0 to win the 2021-2022 Big Ten Regular-Season Title

Published February 27, 2022

In control of their destiny with a chance to cement their place atop the conference standings, No. 4 Minnesota did just that. They swept Wisconsin Saturday evening after dominating the Badgers in an 8-0...

Ben Meyers battles for the puck in a game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Nov. 22, 2019 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Close records first career shutout as Gophers men’s hockey blanks the Badgers in 5-0 win

Published February 26, 2022
Junior co-captain Ben Meyers recorded three goals in the third period en route to a hat trick that helped cement Minnesota’s victory.
Lexy Ramler leaps in her floor exercise at the Big Ten Womens Gymnastics Championships at Maturi Pavillion on Saturday, March 20. Ramler won the individual titles for uneven parallel bars and beam, won the individual all-around title, was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and contributed to the teams win of 2021 Big Ten Championship title.

Gophers gymnastics dominates Iowa and bounces back to join the 198 club

Published February 26, 2022
For the first time in program history, the Gophers gymnastics team eclipsed the 198 point mark in their team total score.
Ben Meyers battles for the puck in a game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Nov. 22, 2019 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers men’s hockey will look to control what they can against Wisconsin

Published February 24, 2022
Minnesota ranks at No. 4 in the nation, their highest ranking since the week of Oct. 18.
Colin Schmidt, courtesy of University of Minnesota Athletics.

‘We’re so happy for him’: Schmidt’s receiving playing time for Gophers men’s hockey

Published February 21, 2022
Schmidt skated in all six games of Minnesota’s recent three-consecutive sweeps, where he has recorded one assist over that span.
Fifth year gymnast Ona Loper swings on the uneven bars in a meet against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Feb. 12, 2022 at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers gymnastics takes third place at Big Five Meet

Published February 20, 2022
Minnesota’s floor team scored 49.550, which ties for the fifth-best score in program history.
Junior Jack Perbix chases the puck down the ice in a game against the University of Notre Dame on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers men’s hockey extends win streak to five with 3-1 win over Penn State

Published February 18, 2022
Freshman Rhett Pitlick extended his point streak to five games as he recorded Minnesota’s first goal.
Defenseman Ryan Johnson skates away from his opponent with the puck during the Gophers’ matchup against Notre Dame,  Oct. 29, 2021. The Gophers won, 4-1.

Gophers men’s hockey will look to continue strong play down the stretch as they face Penn State

Published February 17, 2022
Minnesota swept back-to-back series for the first time this season after sweeping Ohio State this past weekend.
Ona Loper performs her balance beam routine at the Big Ten Womens Gymnastics Championships at Maturi Pavillion on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Gophers gymnastics loses in tri-meet against Maryland, Pittsburgh

Published February 15, 2022
Fifth-year Ona Loper recorded her fifth career perfect 10 on vault on the way to winning the all-around competition with 39.675.
Forward Blake McLaughlin leaps into the air to celebrate a goal at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Oct. 25. The Gophers went on to lose 2-5 to the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Gophers men’s hockey wins fourth-straight with 5-1 victory over Ohio State

Published February 12, 2022
The sweep against Ohio State marks the first time Minnesota has swept back-to-back series this season.
Fifth year gymnast Ona Loper swings on the uneven bars in a meet against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Feb. 12, 2022 at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn.

Loper, Ramler shine in Gophers gymnastics’ dominating win over Ohio State

Published February 12, 2022
Fifth-year Ona Loper took home three event titles - vault, bars, all-around - en route to recording her career-best total score of 39.750.
Gophers forward Bryce Brodzinski moves the puck away from the Gophers goal at the
Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado on March 27, 2021 .The Gophers defeated the
University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks, 7-2.

The freshmen, Close fuel Gophers men’s hockey in 3-2 victory over Ohio State

Published February 11, 2022
The freshmen group for Minnesota combined for three goals and four assists in Friday night’s win.
Gophers men’s hockey captain Sammy Walker celebrates a goal he scored en route to a 10-0 win against Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers men’s hockey faces a tough matchup against Ohio State this weekend

Published February 10, 2022
Minnesota trails conference-leading Ohio State by five points in the Big Ten standings with one series in hand.
Redshirt junior Maddie Quarles celebrates her vault against Michigan that tied her career-best score of 9.950 on Monday, Jan. 17, 2021, at Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers gymnastics dominates Illinois on the road

Published February 6, 2022
Fifth-year Lexy Ramler won the all-around title after totaling a score of 39.575, highlighted by a score of 9.975 on beam to earn the crown on the event. also, respectively.
Gophers men’s hockey captain Sammy Walker celebrates a goal he scored en route to a 10-0 win against Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Walker leads Gophers men’s hockey in 3-1 victory to sweep Michigan State

Published February 5, 2022
Saturday’s win guarantees the Gophers at least home-ice advantage for the Big Ten Tournament.
Junior Bryce Brodzinski celebrates with senior Captain Sammy Walker in a game against the University of Notre Dame  on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

The freshmen fuel Gophers men’s hockey in 4-2 comeback win over Michigan State

Published February 5, 2022

Michigan State tested Minnesota's depth in their first game without junior co-captain Ben Meyers, sophomore Brock Faber, and freshman Matthew Knies. But the collective group of first-years for the No....

Sammy Walker skates with the puck on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat Michigan 3-2 in overtime.

Gophers men’s hockey’s depth will be tested this weekend against Michigan State

Published February 4, 2022
Many opportunities and more minutes await a handful of players for Minnesota this weekend.
Mya Hooten, courtesy of Bjorn Franke - Gopher Athletics.

Mya Hooten’s empowering floor routine for Gophers gymnastics

Published February 2, 2022
It only took two weeks for Hooten to earn perfection on floor with her powerful new floor routine.
Defenseman Ryan Johnson skates away from his opponent with the puck during the Gophers’ matchup against Notre Dame,  Oct. 29, 2021. The Gophers won, 4-1.

Gophers men’s hockey comeback falls short in 3-2 overtime loss to Notre Dame

Published January 29, 2022
Junior co-captain Ben Meyers and junior Bryce Brodzinski scored their 11th goals, tying for the team-high this season.
Gophers Defenseman Jackson Lacombe makes a pass at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Feb. 28. The Gophers lost to Michigan 3-2.

Three-goal first period fuels Gophers men’s hockey in 5-1 win over Notre Dame

Published January 28, 2022
Freshman Tristan Broz scored his first collegiate game-winning goal with Minnesota.
Defenseman Ryan Johnson skates away from his opponent with the puck during the Gophers’ matchup against Notre Dame,  Oct. 29, 2021. The Gophers won, 4-1.

Gophers men’s hockey looking to continue strong second half of the season against Notre Dame

Published January 28, 2022
Minnesota swept Notre Dame earlier this season and outscored them 7-3.
Minnesota fifth-year Ona Loper recorded her career-high score of 39.725 against Michigan on Monday, Jan. 24, 2021.

Gophers gymnastics falls to Michigan on a historic night

Published January 25, 2022
Fifth years Lexy Ramler and Ona Loper shined in all-around competition, totaling 39.825 and 39.725, a career-high for Loper.
Gophers forward Bryce Brodzinski attempts to regain the puck from Michigans Brandan Brisson at 3M at Mariucci Arena on Friday, March 5,  2021.

Fast start not enough as Gophers men’s hockey falls to Michigan 4-1

Published January 22, 2022
Junior Bryce Brodzinski scored the lone goal for the Gophers, tying junior Ben Meyers for the most goals scored on the team at 10.
Gophers forward Ben Meyers approaches Penn State’s goal during the final period at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Gophers men’s hockey completes comeback in 2-1 overtime victory over Michigan

Published January 22, 2022
Junior co-captain Ben Meyers scored the game-winning goal for the Gophers 1:09 into overtime. He leads Minnesota with 10 goals this season.
Erin Fortman performs her floor routine during a meet against Iowa on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

‘We had so many tough days’: Gophers gymnastics’ Fortman and Sirjord are ready to make splashes in their sophomore campaigns

Published January 21, 2022
Sophomores Erin Fortman and Ella Sirjord each suffered a torn ACL as freshmen in the 2021 season.
Gophers Forward Jaxon Nelson follows the puck after a goal attempt at the 3M Arena at Marriucci on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Gophers won against Michigan State 4-1.

‘We just need to settle down’: Gophers men’s hockey looking to steady the ship against Michigan

Published January 20, 2022
Earlier this season, the Gophers and Michigan split their first series against each other as Minnesota took Friday night’s game 5-1, while the Wolverines took Saturday’s 6-2.
Junior Mallory LeNeave throws up a peace sign on floor in front of a packed Maturi Pavilion during Minnesota’s season-opening victory over Iowa and UCLA on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.

Ramler, Loper fuel Gophers gymnastics to victory over Iowa, UCLA in the season opener

Published January 17, 2022
Minnesota defeated UCLA for the first time in program history.
Forward Blake McLaughlin battles for the puck at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Oct. 25. The Gophers went on to lose 2-5 to the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Gophers men’s hockey’s comeback falls short in 3-2 loss against Alaska

Published January 15, 2022
Senior Blake McLaughlin and freshman Chaz Lucius scored goals for Minnesota.
Defenseman Ben Brinkman searches for the puck at the 3M Arena at Mariccui on Friday, Oct. 25. The Gophers went on to lose 2-5 to the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Walker records 100th career point as Gophers men’s hockey defeats Alaska 4-1

Published January 14, 2022
Freshman Tristan Broz scored his first collegiate goal in the first period to open up the scoring for Minnesota.
Forward Ben Meyers follows the puck across the rink at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.

Gophers men’s hockey’s Meyers, Faber and Knies to play for Team USA at the 2022 Beijing Olympics

Published January 13, 2022
Four players with Gophers ties will compete for Team USA - current Gophers in Ben Meyers, Brock Faber and Matthew Knies, and Minnesota alum Aaron Ness - at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Goaltender Jack LaFontaine composes himself during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Nov. 22. The Gophers won 4-1.

Shorthanded Gophers men’s hockey closes out non-conference schedule against Alaska this weekend

Published January 13, 2022
With COVID-19, injuries and their starting goaltender signing a contract to the NHL, many opportunities will arise for some Gophers players.
Goaltender Jack LaFontaine composes himself during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Nov. 22. The Gophers won 4-1.

BREAKING: Gophers men’s hockey’s Jack LaFontaine signs with Carolina Hurricanes

Published January 9, 2022
The Hurricanes selected LaFontaine in the third round and 75th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Junior Bryce Brodzinski celebrates with senior Captain Sammy Walker in a game against the University of Notre Dame  on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers men’s hockey scores five unanswered goals in 6-3 win to sweep Michigan State

Published January 9, 2022
The Gophers now sit atop the Big Ten with 25 points after their comeback win.
Gophers Forward Ben Meyers chases the puck in the 3M Arena on Friday, Oct. 25.  The Gophers went on to lose 2-5 to the University of Minnesota - Duluth.

The “nine” line leads Gophers men’s hockey to a 4-1 win over Michigan State

Published January 7, 2022
Junior co-captain Ben Meyers recorded three points - two goals and one assist - in Minnesota’s victory.
Gophers forward Bryce Brodzinski moves the puck away from the Gophers goal at the
Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado on March 27, 2021 .The Gophers defeated the
University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks, 7-2.

Pastujov overwhelms Gophers men’s hockey in Michigan’s commanding 6-2 victory

Published December 5, 2021
Junior Bryce Brodzinski scored his team-leading ninth goal this season in the loss.
Junior Bryce Brodzinski celebrates with senior Captain Sammy Walker in a game against the University of Notre Dame  on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Lucius, Gophers men’s hockey dominate Michigan 5-1 en route to second-consecutive Friday night victory

Published December 3, 2021
Freshman Chaz Lucius recorded his first-career multi-goal game after scoring two goals in the first period.
Members of the gopher mens hockey team help goalie Mat Robson keep the puck out of the net on Saturday, Jan. 26 2019 at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

‘We’ve got to solve that thing’: Gophers men’s hockey will look to eliminate one-goal losses starting with Michigan

Published December 2, 2021
Five of the Gophers’ seven losses so far this season have been one-goal defeats.
Defenseman Jackson Lacombe fights for the puck at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Oct. 18 2019. The Gophers defeated Niagara 3-2.

Gophers men’s hockey splits series against North Dakota

Published November 29, 2021
The Gophers have scored at least one power-play goal in each of their last five games.
Gophers men’s hockey captain Sammy Walker celebrates a goal he scored en route to a 10-0 win against Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers men’s hockey scores three in third, lifts them to 4-2 win

Published November 21, 2021
Senior captain Sammy Walker scored two goals, while sophomore Mason Nevers and freshman Matthew Knies tallied the other two goals for the Gophers.
Gophers forward Jaxon Nelson fights for possession against Penn State at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Gophers men’s hockey continues Friday night struggles, loses 5-3 to Penn State

Published November 20, 2021
Junior Jaxon Nelson scored two power-play goals, while freshman Matthew Knies tallied his first career three-point performance in the loss.
Gophers men’s hockey captain Sammy Walker celebrates a goal he scored en route to a 10-0 win against Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers men’s hockey will look for third sweep in upcoming series against Penn State

Published November 19, 2021
Freshman Matthew Knies has two goals and two assists in his last three games.
Goalie Jack LaFontaine blocks a shot from going into the goal at the Budweiser Events Center against the Minnesota State Mavericks. The Gophers lost at the Loveland Regional final, 4-0.

Gophers men’s hockey’s special teams lift them in 2-0 win over Ohio State

Published November 13, 2021
Graduate student goaltender Jack LaFontaine earned his first shutout this season after making 13 saves in the win.
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’s fast start not enough in 4-3 loss to Ohio State

Published November 13, 2021
Freshman Rhett Pitlick tallied his first career multi-point game with two assists, while junior Colin Schmidt made his Gophers debut in the loss.
Forward Ben Meyers fights for the puck at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. The Gophers defeated Niagara 3-2.

Gophers men’s hockey dominates Wisconsin in 4-1 win

Published November 7, 2021
Graduate student goaltender Jack LaFontaine made 34 saves with a .971 save percentage in the win.
Forward Sammy Walker takes a shot on net at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. The Gophers went on to lose 2-5 to the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Gophers men’s hockey blows a two-goal lead, loses to Wisconsin 4-3 in overtime

Published November 6, 2021
Senior Sammy Walker tallied one goal and one assist in the loss for the Gophers.
Defenseman Ryan Johnson skates away from his opponent with the puck during the Gophers’ matchup against Notre Dame,  Oct. 29, 2021. The Gophers won, 4-1.

Gophers men’s hockey set for border battle against Wisconsin

Published November 5, 2021
Last time the Gophers played the Badgers, they defeated them 6-4 in the Big Ten Championship.
Gophers head coach Erin Chastain celebrates her first win with the program in their first match of the season against Baylor on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

Analyzing Gophers soccer head coach Erin Chastain’s first year

Published November 3, 2021
Chastain led the Gophers to their second undefeated non-conference record (4-0-3) in program history and the first since 2008.
Junior Jack Perbix chases the puck down the ice in a game against the University of Notre Dame on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers men’s hockey sweeps Notre Dame with 3-2 win

Published October 30, 2021
Junior Bryce Brodzinski scored his second game-winning goal of the series with 2:15 seconds remaining in the game.
Junior Bryce Brodzinski celebrates with senior Captain Sammy Walker in a game against the University of Notre Dame  on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers men’s hockey defeats Notre Dame 4-1, gets back on track

Published October 30, 2021
Junior Bryce Brodzinski scored the game-winning goal in the second period.
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, 2019. The deal, signed by Fleck last week, extends his contract through the 2026 season and will increase his base salary to $4.6 million.

Former Gophers men’s gymnastics athlete sues the University

Published October 29, 2021
Sophomore Evan Ng filed a lawsuit, claiming the University of Minnesota engaged in sex-based discrimination.
Khyah and Sadie Harper pose for a picture in their Gophers soccer uniforms.

‘[We] wouldn’t trade it for the world’: The Harper sisters and their journey to Gophers soccer

Published October 26, 2021
In their two seasons together at North Branch High School, the Harper sisters combined for 104 goals and 70 assists in the 34 matches when they both played.
Sophomore Sophia Boman fights for possession of the ball in a match against Nebraska on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers soccer shutout 2-0 against Nebraska in their season finale

Published October 24, 2021
The Gophers closed out their 2021 campaign with back-to-back shutout losses and finished the season with an 8-6-3 record.
Forward Sammy Walker falls to the ice at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Oct. 25. The Gophers went on to lose 2-5 to the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Gophers men’s hockey loses 2-1 against Minnesota-Duluth, swept for first time this season

Published October 24, 2021
Sophomore Mason Nevers tallied the lone goal for the Gophers, marking a new career-high for goals in a season.
Forward Sammy Walker eyes the puck during the game against the University of Minnesota Duluth on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2019 at Mariucci Arena.

Gophers men’s hockey dominated in 5-3 loss to Minnesota-Duluth

Published October 23, 2021
Senior Grant Cruikshank scored his first goal in a Gophers uniform while shorthanded on a breakaway.
 Freshman Lauren Donovan fights for possession of the ball in a match against Rutgers on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers soccer shutout 1-0 against Iowa

Published October 21, 2021
The Gophers’ loss marks the first time they have been shutout in Big Ten play this season
Graduate student Makenzie Langdok celebrates her second goal of the season with her teammates in a match against Illinois on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers soccer holds off Northwestern en route to a 1-0 shutout victory

Published October 17, 2021
Graduate student Makenzie Langdok scored the match’s lone goal, marking her third goal this season and second in back-to-back contests.
Senior McKenna Buisman celebrates her first career brace with teammates Sophia Boman and Lauren Donovan in a match against Illinois on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers soccer dominates Illinois en route to a commanding 5-0 shutout win

Published October 15, 2021
Senior McKenna Buisman earned her first career brace as she now has four goals in her last four matches, starting as a forward.
Sophomore Christa VanLoon fires the ball upfield in a match against Penn State on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers soccer loses 3-2 against Purdue, concede three goals in the second half

Published October 10, 2021
The sophomores got it done for the Gophers. Sophia Boman scored her fourth goal this season, while Christa VanLoon scored her first.
Senior Patricia Ward jumps for joy after scoring her first goal this season, which would eventually be the match-winning goal against Penn State on Sunday, Oct. 3, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers soccer dominates Penn State 4-1, get back in the win column

Published October 3, 2021
Senior Patricia Ward scored her first goal this season and had one assist along the way.
Redshirt Senior Chris Autman-Bell faces the sidelines during a game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021

 Gophers football rallies in the second half against Purdue to earn a 20-13 comeback win

Published October 2, 2021
Defensive back Tyler Nubin secured the win for the Gophers with an interception on Purdue’s last drive of the game.
Forward Sammy Walker falls to the ice at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Oct. 25. The Gophers went on to lose 2-5 to the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Gophers men’s hockey opening series against Alaska to be rescheduled

Published October 1, 2021
The Gophers and Nanooks mutually agreed to reschedule their series due to health and safety concerns in the Alaska program
Senior McKenna Buisman celebrates her first goal of the season with senior teammate Delaney Stekr in a match against Rutgers on Thursday, Sept. 30, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers soccer loses 2-1 against Rutgers, drops back-to-back matches for the first time this season

Published October 1, 2021
Senior McKenna Buisman’s first goal this season marked the Gophers’ lone goal
Gophers men’s hockey captain Sammy Walker celebrates a goal he scored en route to a 10-0 win against Arizona State on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers men’s hockey drops the puck Saturday — here’s what you need to know

Published September 30, 2021
The Gophers are ranked No. 4 in the nation in both national polls on USCHO.com’s Division I Men’s Poll and the USA Today/USA Magazine’s Men’s College Hockey Poll.
The Gophers huddled up in a match earlier this season against Wisconsin on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers soccer loses 2-1 against Michigan State, drops their second match this season

Published September 26, 2021
Michigan State’s MJ Andrus scored the match-winning goal with just six minutes remaining.
Senior captain center back Delaney Stekr raises her arm as she prepares to take a free-kick for the Gophers in a match earlier this season against the University of Wyoming on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers soccer scores four unanswered goals en route to 4-2 win over Ohio State

Published September 24, 2021
Senior captain center back Delaney Stekr scored one goal and assisted sophomore Sophia Boman’s game-winning goal.
The Gophers huddled up before competing in their first Big Ten matchup this season against the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers soccer loses 2-1 against the Badgers, drop their first match of the season

Published September 19, 2021
The Gophers were without star graduate student right back Makenzie Langdok; her absence was undisclosed.
Volunteer goalkeeper coach Tarah Nupson speaks to junior goalkeeper Megan Plaschko during a match against Wyoming at Elizabeth  Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn. on Sunday, Sept. 5.

‘There’s really no ceiling for her’: The growth of Gophers soccer’s Megan Plaschko and her relationship with coach Tarah Nupson

Published September 17, 2021
Plaschko has 11 shutouts in just 17 career starts and has yet to concede a goal this season.
Graduate student Makenzie Langdok celebrates after her first goal of the season with freshman teammate Lauren Donovan in a match against the University of North Dakota on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers soccer overpowers North Dakota in 2-0 win, remain undefeated

Published September 12, 2021
The Gophers’ undefeated non-conference record is the first in the program’s history since 2008.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Plaschko kicks the ball toward midfield in a match against Baylor University on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gophers soccer draws 0-0 against the University of Nebraska-Omaha, improve shutout streak

Published September 9, 2021
The Gophers are just one of three teams among the Power 5 conferences that have yet to concede a goal this season, joining Wake Forest and Tennessee
Junior Izzy Brown fights for possession against a University of Wyoming defender on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul, Minn.

Gophers soccer dominates the University of Wyoming to win 4-0, extending their undefeated streak to five games

Published September 8, 2021
Junior Izzy Brown scored two goals in the first eight minutes of the match, marking the first two goals of her Gophers career.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Plaschko dives to her right to make one of her nine saves against Mississippi State on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on the St. Paul campus.

Gophers soccer draws against Mississippi State 0-0, continues undefeated streak on the season

Published September 4, 2021
Junior goalkeeper Megan Plaschko made a career-high nine saves to earn her fourth shutout in as many games this season
Sarah Bacon prepares to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Thursday, June 10th.

Gophers diver Sarah Bacon named Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year

Published July 28, 2021
Bacon is the winningest woman in Gophers history with four national titles.
Senior Emily Heslin handles the ball during the game against DePaul on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

Gophers soccer adds Allie Wisner as an assistant coach, becoming third all-female staff across the Power Five conferences

Published July 21, 2021
Wisner is joining Gophers soccer after spending the past three years as an assistant coach for the University of Utah.
Bethany Hasz competes at the University of Minnesota Track and Field stadium on Friday, April 30.

Gophers cross country and track and field star Bethany Hasz returning for 2021-2022 season

Published July 14, 2021
Hasz is utilizing the extra year of eligibility, which was granted by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to return for a sixth season.
Shane Wiskus competes on Day Two of the men’s U.S. Olympic Artistic Gymnastics Team Trials on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at The Dome in St. Louis, Mo. Photo courtesy of John Cheng.

From a cut program to the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, Gophers gymnast Shane Wiskus is a first-time Olympian

Published July 2, 2021
Wiskus finished in third place in the all-around with a score of 168.150, a total high enough to be one of the two gymnasts chosen by the selection committee to earn a spot on the US artistic gymnastics team.
Olivia Knowles (Left), Lauren Bench (Middle) and Emily Brown (Right) celebrate the Gophers season opener 4-0 victory over Ohio State University on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Photo courtesy of Brad Rempel of Gopher Athletics.

Gophers women’s hockey Bench, Brown and Knowles returning for the 2021-2022 season

Published July 1, 2021
All three accepted the additional season of eligibility granted by the NCAA.
Fans cheer for the Gophers after winning the game against Penn State at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. The Gophers won 31-26 bringing their record to 9-0. A first since 1904.

Breaking: Gophers athletics announces full capacity for sporting events

Published June 22, 2021
The first ticketed Gophers sports planning on full capacity are football, soccer and volleyball.
Jake Butler competes at the finals on Sunday, June 13.

Gophers diver Butler makes Olympic trials debut in men’s 3m springboard, finishes in 10th place

Published June 17, 2021
Butler collected a total of 1075.05 points across 18 dives and three rounds.