The Minnesota Daily

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U heads to UW with tourney bid already clinched

May 7, 2004

The regular season comes to a close this weekend for Minnesota's softball team as the Gophers play two games at Wisconsin. Minnesota (32-21, 9-9 Big Ten) is fifth in the conference entering play, but could...

Marten closes out a record-breaking Minnesota career

May 6, 2004

Before every inning, the infielders on Minnesota's softball team gather at the pitcher's circle and huddle up to talk strategy. A few jokes are thrown in to lighten the mood and relax the players. But...

Split decision: U sees both sides

May 3, 2004

Game one of a doubleheader against Illinois did not start the way Minnesota's softball team had planned Sunday. The Gophers (32-21, 9-9 Big Ten) were victimized by the mercy rule and the bats of the Illini...

Marten nabs 5th no-hitter

May 3, 2004

On Friday evening at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium, Minnesota's softball team was protecting a 2-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs and a 0-2 count on Iowa's Sarah Thomson, Minnesota pitcher...

Top teams coming to town

April 30, 2004

As Jane Sage Cowles Stadium is used for the last Big Ten action of this season, Minnesota's softball team welcomes two of the top three teams in the conference to its friendly confines. The Gophers (28-19,...

Higginbotham catching on quick for team

April 29, 2004

Minnesota softball freshman catcher Megan Higginbotham grew up watching Florida State softball games from the stands. So it worked out well for her that the Gophers opened their 2004 campaign at the Florida...

Gophers put it all together, earn sweep

April 28, 2004

It all came together Tuesday evening for Minnesota's softball team at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The Gophers controlled every area of the game to sweep a double-header against Wisconsin-Green Bay by scores...

Gophers look forward to 6 games at home

April 27, 2004

Minnesota's softball team was not entirely satisfied with how it played in two losses to eighth-ranked Michigan last weekend. So, the Gophers went straight from the airport to the practice field Sunday...

Gophers lose twice to No. 8 Michigan on the road

April 26, 2004

The roller-coaster ride continued over the weekend for Minnesota's softball team. For the first time this season the Gophers were swept in a series. Minnesota (28-19, 7-7 Big Ten) dropped two games to...

U looking to end winless streak against ranked competition

April 23, 2004

So far this season Minnesota's softball team is 0-3 against ranked teams. This weekend the Gophers (28-17, 7-5 Big Ten) will have an opportunity to end the slide. After an eight-game home stand, Minnesota...

Another split for Gophers vs. Drake

April 22, 2004

Minnesota's softball team was down 4-3 in the second game of a double-header against Drake on Wednesday after rallying for three runs in the last half-inning at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. "We'll come back...

Timely hits still concern coaches

April 21, 2004

So far this season, hitting has been a lot like comedy for Minnesota's softball team: timing is everything. Tonight, the Gophers (25-25, 7-5 Big Ten) host Drake (23-18, 8-8 MVC) for a double header at...

Fielding woes plague teams

April 19, 2004

On a Sunday full of fielding misadventures, the final blow was dealt to Minnesota's softball team. In the first game of the day's double-header, the Gophers (27-15, 7-5 Big Ten) took advantage of seven...

Eight-game homestand continues with two Big Ten foes

April 16, 2004

The Hoosier state is famous for basketball but unknown as a haven for softball. So far this season, Indiana (23-23, 0-6 Big Ten) and Purdue (23-17, 0-6) have done little to change that image. Minnesota's...

Gophers rebound to earn a split with Concordia-St. Paul

April 15, 2004

In preparation for a doubleheader against Division II Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota's softball team looked to score runs early in the game. The Gophers (25-14, 5-3 Big Ten) did just that, but they had...

First outdoor home games excite Gophers

April 14, 2004

The foul lines are painted, the outfield grass is cut and the infield dirt is raked and ready. Minnesota's softball team will make its outdoor home debut tonight, playing a double header against Division...

U splits Big Ten road games

April 12, 2004

A regulation softball game is seven innings, and Minnesota's softball team tried to make full use of all 21 outs over the weekend. The Gophers used late rallies to win two games but could not get timely...

Gopher softball to make outdoor home debut

April 9, 2004

The schedule for Minnesota's softball team indicates that the Gophers are playing at Michigan State (19-13, 1-3 Big Ten) on April 9 and 10 before heading to Evanston, Ill., to play a doubleheader on April...

Freshmen pitching in on Minnesota staff

April 8, 2004

There is a slight difference in Minnesota's softball team this year. The Gophers are using four pitchers this season instead of just three, as they have done in the past. Staff ace Piper Marten is still...

Halldorson is named top coach

April 7, 2004

After all the recognition her players received - two All-WCHA awards, WCHA MVP, two All-America honors, five named to the Frozen Four all-tournament team and most outstanding player at the Frozen Four...

Gophers losing streak reaches 10 against a pair of Michigan foes

April 5, 2004

Minnesota women's tennis player Nischela Reddy screamed in frustration Sunday afternoon at the Baseline Tennis Center as her backhand sailed well long of the baseline in her 6-3, 6-4 loss to Michigan's...

Minnesota takes three of four games out east

April 5, 2004

After opening Big Ten play going 3-1 on a four-game road swing, Minnesota's softball team exudes confidence. The Gophers topped Ohio State 1-0 in 10 innings on Friday before falling 9-6 on Saturday to...

Softball team takes to the road for a pair

April 2, 2004

The Big Ten season can't come soon enough for Minnesota's softball team. The Gophers have been idle since March 21 and take an eight-game winning streak into the first weekend of conference play. Minnesota...

Home is where the semis are: LSU to make short trip

April 2, 2004

New Orleans has been a sweet spot for LSU sports this year. After the football team won the Sugar Bowl to win a share of the national championship in January, the women's basketball team takes its shot...

Gophers only hoping for more next season

March 31, 2004

After practices during the regular season, Minnesota's women's hockey team would gather at center ice and chant "banner" in unison - the inference being that the Gophers wanted to redecorate Ridder Arena...

Gophers finally win first NCAA title

March 29, 2004

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After all the adversity Minnesota's women's hockey team faced this season - multiple injuries to key players, two defenders lost and the pressure of playing with a target on its back...

Internal advice helped Gophers

March 29, 2004

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Before heading east for the Frozen Four, Minnesota women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson talked to a guy who knows a thing or two about winning in the NCAA Tournament. Don Lucia, Minnesota...

Minnesota chases an elusive NCAA title

March 25, 2004

Underneath section five in Ridder Arena, between a women's restroom and a concession stand, a simple glass trophy case rests against a white concrete wall. Inside is Minnesota's women's hockey team's American...

Dimension change favors Gophers

March 23, 2004

For the 2004 season the NCAA decided to change the dimensions of the regulation softball. The new ball will have a core density of .47 instead of the .50 measurement used in previous seasons. The switch...

Gophers win, eye Frozen Four

March 22, 2004

As the final horn sounded March 14, the ice sheet at Ridder Arena was strewn with an assortment of sticks and gloves. Members of Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team mobbed junior goaltender Jody...

Women’s Final Five showcases tough field

March 12, 2004

For the first time since the formation of the women's WCHA in 1999-2000, a member school will host the WCHA Final Five tournament. Today through Sunday the top five teams in the conference will descend...

Ashley suspended; U defense down to five

March 11, 2004

Minnesota women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson announced Wednesday that freshman defender Danielle Ashley is suspended for the remainder of the 2003-04 season for violating team policies, creating an...

WCHA title in tow, U’s sights are higher

March 8, 2004

With a 3-1 victory Friday, Minnesota's women's hockey team (26-4-2, 19-3-2 WCHA) locked up the WCHA regular-season title. But some sloppy play Friday tempered the Gophers' enthusiasm about the championship....

Title drought no more

March 8, 2004

It took 10 years, but Minnesota's baseball team took home the title at the Dairy Queen Classic. After dispatching Nebraska and West Virginia, the Gophers (4-4) topped Florida State 6-1 Sunday at the Metrodome...

Gophers clinch WCHA crown

March 8, 2004

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - With just under 10 minutes to play Saturday night at the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota women's hockey senior co-captain La Toya Clarke skated in alone and scored on...

Women’s hockey could clinch

March 5, 2004

Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team does not need to be reminded about what is at stake when it squares off against St. Cloud State this weekend. The Gophers (24-4-2, 17-3-2 WCHA) can earn a share...

Nichols’ work ethic shines

March 4, 2004

If Minnesota's second-ranked women's hockey team had mandatory lunch meetings, freshman forward Andrea Nichols would show up with a hard hat and lunch pail in tow. That's the type of player she is. The...

Gophers finally win game one of a weekend series

March 2, 2004

It took all of February, but Minnesota's second-ranked women's hockey team won the inaugural contest of a two-game series. Saturday's 4-2 victory over Minnesota-Duluth at Mariucci Arena was the Gophers'...

Short-handed women sweep Duluth

March 1, 2004

With the score knotted at five and under 10 minutes left in regulation, Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team found offense at an unexpected time. Minnesota sophomore defender Allie Sanchez was in...

Horak saves victory on Saturday

March 1, 2004

With five seconds left in the first period Saturday at Mariucci Arena, Minnesota women's hockey goaltender Jody Horak recorded her 10th save in the opening stanza, thwarting a quality chance on net for...

Physical rivalry continues in Minneapolis

February 27, 2004

The last time Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team faced off against sixth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth, five-on-five hockey was a rarity. When the squads lock up Saturday and Sunday afternoon on campus,...

Two wins in a row is a chore

February 25, 2004

After being knocked down in the first game of a series, Minnesota's women's hockey team has responded with a win all five times this season, including the last three weekends. Now the top-ranked Gophers...

Gophers fall to Iowa State

February 23, 2004

Gymnastics is a sport of perfection, but Minnesota's 25th-ranked women's gymnastics team wants to learn how to let loose a little more often and not worry so much about that. Minnesota (5-6) lost to sixth-ranked...

Comeback kid: Darwitz shines

February 23, 2004

Minnesota women's hockey forward Natalie Darwitz returned to the ice over the weekend at Ohio State after missing 10 games with an elbow injury. On Friday, Darwitz saw her first action since January, notching...

Minnesota’s women’s hockey team hits the road to take on Ohio State

February 20, 2004

There was a business-like atmosphere surrounding Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team this week. The Gophers worked on fine-tuning some of their systems during practice. Special teams, forechecking...

Unsung Sutton contributes under the radar

February 19, 2004

After missing a scoring chance in the second period last weekend against Wisconsin's women's hockey team, Minnesota junior forward Noelle Sutton turned to senior co-captain and linemate Kelsey Bills and...

Women’s hockey splits with Badgers

February 16, 2004

The weekend series featuring Minnesota's second-ranked women's hockey team and fourth-ranked Wisconsin was supposed to determine the top team in the WCHA. But after the dust settled Saturday night at Ridder...

Glenn, Reinen shine Saturday against Badgers

February 16, 2004

Saturday night at Ridder Arena, a male fan raised a sign asking Minnesota women's hockey sophomore Krissy Wendell to be his valentine. However, it was two lesser-used players who were feeling the most...

Gophers to lock up with Badgers in key home series

February 13, 2004

Minnesota's second-ranked women's hockey team should have no trouble getting up for its weekend series against fourth-ranked Wisconsin because the Gophers and Badgers are tied atop the WCHA. The trouble...

Gophers face tough stretch

February 10, 2004

Minnesota's second-ranked women's hockey team earned a series split over the weekend against top-ranked Dartmouth, and the reward was a first-place tie in the WCHA. Wisconsin (17-4-3, 13-4-1 WCHA) swept...

Current Gophers top Pro-Alumni at the Dome

February 10, 2004

Monday night at the Metrodome was a reunion of sorts for Minnesota baseball. The 13th annual Pro-Alumni game featured the current varsity baseball team against Minnesota alumni playing in the professional...

Sunday win earns U a split

February 9, 2004

Minnesota's second-ranked women's hockey team was far from despondent after suffering its second-consecutive home loss, winding up on the short end of a 3-2 score Saturday against top-ranked Dartmouth...

Top-ranked Dartmouth to test Gophers at home

February 6, 2004

While the eyes of the political world have shifted from New Hampshire, the focus of the women's hockey world is still centered on the tiny New England state. Dartmouth College (16-1-2, 9-0-1 ECAC), located...

Freshman Wacker a quick study in good company

February 5, 2004

Playing against Minnesota State-Mankato last month, Minnesota women's hockey freshman forward Becky Wacker cradled a pass at the blue line and broke into the offensive zone. She did a nifty little deke...

Gophers take a bite out of the Beavers with road sweep

February 2, 2004

Minnesota's third-ranked women's hockey team posted two conference wins against Bemidji State over the weekend, evoking memories of the Gophers dominating play against the Beavers earlier this season. But...

Women’s hockey hits the weights to help out with the skates

January 29, 2004

When opponents prepare to face Minnesota's second-ranked women's hockey team, the Gophers' speed is their number one concern. While speed cannot be taught, it can certainly be coached. That is why the...

Women’s hockey looks to get back into a set rhythm

January 27, 2004

Before the start of the second period in Sunday's loss to Minnesota State-Mankato, Minnesota women's hockey freshman defender Danielle Ashley was tapping her skate in time to the "Minnesota Rouser," played...

No. 1 women’s hockey team splits

January 26, 2004

Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team had a near-perfect record against Minnesota State-Mankato entering Sunday's contest. The Gophers were 24-0-1 all-time against the Mavericks, but that all changed...

U will learn to play minus two Olympians

January 23, 2004

On paper, top-ranked Minnesota women's hockey team looks fine. It has the top scoring offense and defense in the WCHA, in addition to having the top penalty kill and power play in the conference. But in...

Bills battles back to lead women’s hockey into stretch run

January 22, 2004

When she was 4 years old, Kelsey Bills started playing hockey. "I think every kid in Canada, for the most part, you go and skate as soon as you can walk almost," Bills said. "It's kind of one of those...

Bills returns, but Darwitz likely out for the season

January 20, 2004

Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team welcomed back senior co-captain Kelsey Bills from injury when it started play in 2004 at Duluth Jan. 9-10. But the excitement was tempered a bit by an injury...

No. 1 women’s hockey team sweeps away Mercyhurst

January 20, 2004

When Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team made its second-semester home debut against seventh-ranked Mercyhurst last weekend, the team knew it was going to be a tough contest. "Mercyhurst has good...

Women’s hockey team skates past Beavers 7-0, 6-1 at home

December 8, 2003

The ice sheet at Ridder Arena is 200 feet by 85 feet, but Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team only made use of one end of the rink for most of its weekend series against Bemidji State. The Gophers...

Gophers to host offensively challenged team at Ridder

December 5, 2003

There is a clear and present danger for opposing teams facing the offensive attack of Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team. Minnesota ranks first in the WCHA in scoring offense, scoring defense and...

Women’s hockey to get preview of the Sioux

November 26, 2003

This weekend, Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team plays host to North Dakota on Saturday and Sunday in the first-ever meetings between the two teams. The two-game set has implications for this season,...

Women’s hockey stays undefeated

November 24, 2003

Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team found itself in an unfamiliar position over the weekend. The Gophers did not win for the first time all year Saturday evening as they tied host Minnesota State-Mankato...

No. 1 women’s hockey team heads to Mankato

November 21, 2003

This weekend, Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team heads south down on Highway 169 to face Minnesota State-Mankato for a two-game set Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The Gophers have dominated the...

Stephens, Ashley not afraid to get physical

November 18, 2003

Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team is known for its speed and quickness. But the squad is not afraid to flex a little muscle now and then. Two players in particular, junior forward Kelly Stephens...

Gophers sweep Brown in nonconference series

November 17, 2003

When Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team landed in Providence, R.I. for a two-game set against Brown University, the team hit the ground running. The Gophers put up four goals in the first period...

Women’s hockey to endure Brown’s unique offense

November 14, 2003

Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team hopes for smooth sailing this weekend when it heads out east to Providence, R.I., for a two-game set against Brown University. But the Bears boast a slightly...

Power surge: Gophers excel with an extra skater

November 11, 2003

Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team leads the WCHA in scoring with 4.67 goals per game. A big part of that offensive production can be attributed to its success on the power play. The Gophers have...

Coulombe, Glenn lead by example, not points

November 6, 2003

Melissa Coulombe and Jerilyn Glenn are not goal scorers. They are not the superstars. And they probably skate under the radar of most opponents. But the two seniors are still vital to Minnesota's top-ranked...

Women’s hockey gets physical, offensive in sweep

November 3, 2003

It was a tale of two games Friday and Saturday at Ridder Arena with the same end result - Minnesota's women's hockey team winning with help from their power play. The top-ranked Gophers (6-0-0, 6-0-0 WCHA)...

Gophers set to play at Kohl Center for the first time

October 24, 2003

Paul Bunyan's Axe might not be at stake when Minnesota's and Wisconsin's women's hockey teams face off this weekend in Madison, Wis., but there is still a heated rivalry between the two schools. "It's...

Women’s hockey lacks size on the ice, but not goals

October 23, 2003

Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team is not comprised of the biggest skaters in the country. The Gophers have nine players on their roster who are 5-feet-4-inches or shorter. Conference foe Ohio...

Gophers thwart Ohio State in weekend sweep

October 20, 2003

Minnesota's top-ranked women's hockey team put on an offensive display Friday and Saturday nights at Ridder Arena. The Gophers started their season with two big wins, putting up 13 goals in two games over...

Women to skate first WCHA game

October 17, 2003

Last weekend during two exhibition games in Canada, the Minnesota women's hockey team developed team chemistry on and off the ice. This weekend, the squad needs to put all the elements together. The Gophers...

Women runners score perfect in Oz run

September 15, 2003

Minnesota's women's cross country team delivered a dominating performance Saturday in the Fourth Oz Memorial Run at the Les Bolstad cross-country course. The Gophers had the top nine finishers and 13 of...