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Goal Line Club Golf Outing A Success

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Coach Jerry Kill was at Medina Country Club last night to speak to members of the University of Minnesota Goal Line Club, who had just completed a successful golf outing.

Some of Kill's highlights from his speech are below:

"[Home games at TCF Bank Stadium] need to become the most important thing in the state of Minnesota on Saturdays.

"We were able to beat Iowa this past season because of our fans. The fans deserve to be represented properly by our team.

"I can tell you that I've been hard on our seniors, but I love them to death. The seniors now will be remembered forever when we get this thing turned around.

"We have invested in academics and our kids have had back to back 3.0 semesters."
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Editor's Note: The 2011-12 Minnesota men's hockey season was filled with memorable moments and dramatic comebacks that eventually culminated in a WCHA championship and the Gophers 20th NCAA Frozen Four appearance. This month, we take a look back at the Top 10 memorable moments from the 2011-12 season. Special thanks to the incomparable Frank Mazzocco, who hosts the countdown for us.

No. 3 - Patterson Shutout, Bjugstad Hat Trick
No. 4 - Haula's Playoff Performance
No. 5 - Parenteau Plays OT Hero
No. 6 - Condon Caps Comeback At Duluth
No. 7 - Gophers Take Two From North Dakota
No. 8 - Bjugstad Befuddles Bulldogs
No. 9 - Warning Tames Huskies
No. 10 - Rau Rolls The Dice

It takes a Herculean effort to overshadow a hat trick, but that is what goaltender Kent Patterson gave Minnesota fans on Nov. 19 against St. Cloud State.

The Gophers skated to a 5-0 home win against their in-state rivals, but were carried to the victory by both Patterson and Nick Bjugstad.

Patterson stood tall in goal for the Gophers and made 30 saves to preserve the clean sheet. It was his sixth shutout of the year (in 14 games) and set a new school record for most shutouts in a season. The previous record was five and was set by Robb Stauber during his Hobey Baker winning season in 1987-88. Patterson would up the record to seven shutouts with a 3-0 blanking of Bemidji State late in the year.

Bjugstad notched the first hat trick of his career in the win, scoring Minnesota's first, third and fifth goals. His second and third goals of the game--both in the third period and separated by only 2:31--came on the power play and were both one-timers off of nifty passes from Nate Schmidt. 

Gophers Host Youth Day Out

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Minnesota hosted nearly 200 children at TCF Bank Stadium for Youth Day Out on June 27.
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The Minnesota football team hosted nearly 200 kids at TCF Bank Stadium on June 28 for Youth Day Out.

The children, who ranged in ages from 9 to 14, were greeted by coach Jerry Kill before participating in eight fun and vibrant activities with members of the Gopher football team. Coach Kill encouraged the kids to pay attention during the day and to take advantage of the opportunity they had been given.

After being warmed up by a coach Kill clapping drill, the attendees ran drills, which included crash pads, man sled, quarterback throws, ball drills, agile bags and corner pops, with members of the Gopher football team on the field at TCF Bank Stadium.

Participants also had the opportunity to ask players questions and then received a tour of TCF Bank Stadium during the two hour event.

Coach Smith Visits National Wheelchair Sports & Rec Camp

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University of Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith travels all over the country to speak at various events but he looks forward to the summer and his annual trip to Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch in Stewartville, Minn. for the National Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Camp.

"I have really enjoyed the time that I have spent at Ironwood Springs and look forward to the trip each summer," said Smith. "Bob, the entire staff and certainly all of the campers, serve as an inspiration for all of us. "

Bob Bardwell is the Founder and Camp Director at Ironwood Springs and is an inspiration to all that have had an opportunity to meet him. In 1973 Bardwell was paralyzed from the waist down in a construction accident but that hasn't slowed him down.

A former collegiate wrestler at Pillsbury College in Owatonna, Minn. and member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Bardwell has competed in nearly 300 races since the accident, including three-straight wins in the Twin Cities Marathon (1986-88). In all, he has collected 75 first place trophies as a racer.

As if that isn't enough, Bardwell is also an Inspirational and Motivational speaker and has authored a book - Marathons of Life.

This was the 26th annual National Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Camp. More information on the camp and Ironwood Springs can be found at www.ironwoodsprings.com.



Gophers To Host North Dakota On Hockey Day Minnesota

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The University of Minnesota men's hockey team will once again partake in Hockey Day Minnesota in 2013. Minnesota's participation in the seventh-annual statewide celebration of hockey was announced earlier today by FOX Sports North and the Minnesota Wild.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, and will showcase the Golden Gophers against WCHA rival North Dakota at Mariucci Arena. It will be the last WCHA regular-season meeting between the longtime rivals. A start time for the game will be announced in the future.

Minnesota's game will be one of five hockey games shown on FOX Sports North on that day.

The Gophers are 4-2 in Hockey Day Minnesota games and beat Colorado College 2-1 last season at Mariucci Arena. This will be the first time that Minnesota will play North Dakota on Hockey Day Minnesota.

Minnesota in Hockey Day Minnesota games
Jan. 20, 2007: Minnesota 5, Denver 4 (Mariucci Arena)
Feb. 9, 2008: Denver 4, Minnesota 1 (Magness Arena)
Jan. 17, 2009: Minnesota 8, St. Cloud State 6 (National Hockey Center)
Jan. 23, 2010: St. Cloud State 4, Minnesota 1 (Mariucci Arena)
Feb. 12, 2011: Minnesota 7, Denver 3 (Mariucci Arena)
Jan. 21, 2012: Minnesota 2, Colorado College 1 (Mariucci Arena)

Top Moments of 2011-12: Haula's Playoff Performance

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Editor's Note: The 2011-12 Minnesota men's hockey season was filled with memorable moments and dramatic comebacks that eventually culminated in a WCHA championship and the Gophers 20th NCAA Frozen Four appearance. This month, we take a look back at the Top 10 memorable moments from the 2011-12 season. Special thanks to the incomparable Frank Mazzocco, who hosts the countdown for us.

No. 4 - Haula's Playoff Performance
No. 5 - Parenteau Plays OT Hero
No. 6 - Condon Caps Comeback At Duluth
No. 7 - Gophers Take Two From North Dakota
No. 8 - Bjugstad Befuddles Bulldogs
No. 9 - Warning Tames Huskies
No. 10 - Rau Rolls The Dice

For Erik Haula, the points came in bunches.

The oft-overlooked sophomore center, who led Minnesota with 49 points in 43 games in 2011-12, played his best hockey during the playoffs.

Haula recorded 11 points in the team's six playoff games, notching at least one point in every game. For his effort, he was awarded the Tom Mohr Playoff MVP award.

Haula, who ended the regular-season with a shorthanded goal in a win against Wisconsin, began the first round of the WCHA playoffs with six points in two games against Alaska Anchorage. He scored Minnesota's both goals in a 2-1 win in Game 1 and then erupted for two goals and two assists in a 7-3 romp of the Seawolves in Game 2.

The Gophers fell in their first game at the WCHA Final Five, but Haula still had two assists in the game. 

Haula assisted on Kyle Rau's goal that gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead against Boston University in the first round of the NCAA tournament and then scored a power-play goal against North Dakota as the Gophers advanced to the program's 20th NCAA Frozen Four.

Minnesota scored one goal in the NCAA national semifinals and it was assisted by Haula. 

Skjei Selected 28th By New York Rangers

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Incoming freshman defenseman Brady Skjei was selected in the first round, 28th overall, by the New York Rangers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft this evening at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Skjei, who is viewed as one of the best skaters in the draft, is the 18th Gopher to be chosen in the first round and the first since Nick Bjugstad was picked 19th overall by Florida in 2010.

"I am ecstatic they picked me," Skjei told the media at the draft. "This is the best city and a team I followed. It's a dream come true."

The 6'3", 200-pound Lakeville, Minn., native spent the last two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. In two seasons, he combined for 28 points (5g-23a) in 92 games. He also helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the recent Under-18 World Championship and led the way defensively with a plus-10 rating.

Prior to joining the U.S. National Team Development Program, Skjei played for Lakeville North High School and helped lead his team to the state tournament in 2010.

"Brady is a tremendous skater for somebody his size," said Minnesota coach Don Lucia. "He has a great reach and has tremendous potential. With added strength he has a very high ceiling."

Skjei's coach with the U.S. National Team Development Program also spoke highly of the soon-to-be Minnesota freshman.

"His game has improved greatly, both offensively and defensively," U.S. National Team Development Program head coach Danton Cole told NHL.com. "He's a tremendous skater and a good example of a guy who understands the little nuances of playing defense. He's thrived in the program and is a physical specimen; he's big and strong and has made great strides in learning how to play the game. His angling is good and he has put himself in a really good position moving forward in his career."

Blog: Koch and Skrove Go Dutch (June 22)

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We have moved into a new place in a city called Hilversum. The town is bigger than Huizen, which is nice because there is more to do.

After we got settled into our new place, we attempted to go grocery shopping, but we ended up going in circles, got frustrated and went home. We tried again the next day, only this time we verified with a teammate where it was and had success buying our first set of groceries.

The weather here is not always the best, in other words it loves to rain at least once a day.  However, that doesn't stop us from going out and exploring or visiting our teammates! We rode our bikes in the torrential down pour for 45 minutes to our teammate's place. Minal had made us pasta which was delicious, and she was also kind enough to give us dry clothes since ours had to be rung out!

One of the downfalls so far besides the daily rain is that most stores close at 6pm; grocery stores, food places, everything. This is a problem for those of you that know Alissa and I...we are ALWAYS hungry. We figured this out the hard way when we tried to order a pizza from Dominos at 11pm. They had closed around 10 which is a lot earlier than at home.  

Speaking of always eating ;). ...We biked to Laren which is a pretty wealthy town about 15 minutes away and had what they call 'poffertjes'. They are like little pancakes with a ton of butter and powdered sugar--Coach Y would not approve, but they are delicious. Don't worry Coach Y, we are keeping up with a workout routine. We go for runs in the mornings, and then have been doing Insanity workouts in the living room!

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Our games two weeks ago didn't go exactly how we had hoped. Two of our girls ended up in the hospital...one with what everyone thought was a broken nose and the other with a concussion. Luckily, Marleen's nose was not broken and Maaike's CT scan came back normal. After the game we met the other team's American pitcher. She is from North Carolina, and this is her second summer playing in Europe. It was nice to talk to someone from back home, and hopefully, we will get a chance to hang out with her again.

We rode our bikes to a city called Naarden Vesting. This was a really cool place to walk around and explore. It was built in a 5-star shape and is surrounded by a canal. It was where the soldiers fought during the Spanish Civil War. It ceased to be used as a fort in 1926. However, the history of the fortifications in Naarden are preserved at the museum. We had a history lesson for the day. We went to the museum and got to go underground where they simulated the bunkers and showed scenes from the war. The Hollandse Waterline (or Water Defense Line) is still intact, and we were able to walk in them. Theses had many purposes for the soldiers. One way they used them, was to hear their enemies coming because they had holes in the ceiling that went up to the surface "eavesdroppers passageway". These were a little freaky because it was pitch black, and it was just the two of us down there at the time. It took us three different times to get the guts to actually walk through them. We spent the day in the city after leaving the museum. We walked around and got lunch at a small cafĂ©. The city is older, but it has cute shops and sweet architecture on the old houses and churches. 

Our first trip on the train came when we went to explore Amsterdam.  Dannie felt like she was in the movie Harry Potter since it was her first time on a train. We met Maaike, one of our teammates, at the Amsterdam Central Station and spent the day walking around with her. It was very busy, and we finally didn't feel like the only tourists here because everyone was taking pictures everywhere you looked. We took a boat canal tour which was sweet because we were then able to see the buildings and get some history behind the different famous ones. The history behind some of the old houses was crazy. For instance, there were some that were well over millions of dollars that were owned by bankers in the town, and they were so old they had started to lean. We plan on going back to visit the city a few more times because it was kind of overwhelming since there was so much to see.

As most people know, soccer is HUGE here. We joined in on the excitement of watching the games at the club. We dressed in orange and rocked some face paint and awesome hats. 

Apparently, it wasn't enough because we lost both games. There is a good chance that we are bad luck because our team was supposedly really good. Although the games didn't go well, we went out after the first one and had a great time. We found a group of really awesome people to hang out with. It feels like we have known them forever. As of now, there are only six of us in the group but that will probably expand now that classes are starting to end and the other girls from our team won't be studying as much.

We also took our turn to volunteer by picking up paper throughout Huizen on the paper garbage trucks. This is also a fundraiser for the club and everyone takes turn on Wednesdays by going out collecting. We rode on the back of the truck while it drove around the neighborhood streets. We would hop off, grab the can and wheel it up to the back of the truck where it would clip in and empty itself. The first 5 cans took us a little bit to get used to, but after that, we had the system down. Let's just say by the end of the 2 hours, we both have a lot more respect for garbage men!

We have watched our "little brother" Peter (who is 20 and the son of our first host family) play baseball twice so far, and it was fun to watch some baseball in the sun. Dannie was disappointed because they didn't have American hotdogs at this ball park, but we both had Toasties instead which is what they call our grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. We met two Americans on his team as well and have hung out with them a few times since then. It is nice to carry on a conversation without any pauses for either party to explain what they are talking about or translate from Dutch to English or vice-versa.

We are going to visit a REAL castle in a couple days, so we are both excited! We will put up pictures of it next time we blog. We also have two home games this Saturday, so hopefully next time, we write we will be reporting two wins!

That's all for now. We hope your all enjoying your sunshine please send some our way!

Doei-

Dannie and Alissa

Coach Kill Visits Camp Oz

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It is well known that coach Jerry Kill has suffered from seizures in the past, but what is not well known is how much Kill tries to help others who have experienced a similar fate.

On Wednesday evening, Kill and his wife Rebecca visited Camp Oz in Hudson, Wis., and made a surprise visit to speak to about 100 kids and teens who have epilepsy.

During his speech, Kill told the campers, "I am just like you," and encouraged them to dream big and work hard to accomplish those dreams. He stressed that they are possible of achieving anything and that nothing can hold them back if they believe in themselves.

Before taking questions from the campers, Kill asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. Many said actors and veterinarians, while one girl said a princess and another said he wanted to be seizure free as an adult.

One of the last campers to talk said he wanted to be able to make medicine taste like candy, which everyone in the room agreed would be a good thing.

Before leaving Kill answered every question, signed every autograph and took every picture that the campers asked him for to conclude a memorable night for all.

Top Moments of 2011-12: Parenteau Plays OT Hero

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Editor's Note: The 2011-12 Minnesota men's hockey season was filled with memorable moments and dramatic comebacks that eventually culminated in a WCHA championship and the Gophers 20th NCAA Frozen Four appearance. This month, we take a look back at the Top 10 memorable moments from the 2011-12 season. Special thanks to the incomparable Frank Mazzocco, who hosts the countdown for us.

No. 5 - Parenteau Plays OT Hero
No. 6 - Condon Caps Comeback At Duluth
No. 7 - Gophers Take Two From North Dakota
No. 8 - Bjugstad Befuddles Bulldogs
No. 9 - Warning Tames Huskies
No. 10 - Rau Rolls The Dice

Talk about good timing.

Jake Parenteau scored his first career goal in overtime at Nebraska Omaha to lift Minnesota to a huge 3-2 road win.

The Gophers were trailing 2-1 entering the third period, but a backhand goal by Nick Bjugstad leveled the score at 2-2 and forced the extra five-minute session.

That is when Parenteau went to work. Taylor Matson got his stick on a loose puck and then Nate Condon picked it up and found a waiting Parenteau. The sophomore blueliner then unleashed a shot from the top of the circles and gave Minnesota the overtime win.

The Gophers would complete the sweep of the Mavericks the following night with another 3-2 win. The two, big road wins helped pave the way for Minnesota to win the MacNaughton Cup.

25 Things You Don't Know About...Katie Loberg

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Katie Loberg enters her senior season with the Minnesota women's basketball team as the squad's top returning rebounder and second-leading scorer after an impressive junior campaign in which she averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Here, the forward from Princeton, Minn., shares 25 things that Gopher fans may not know about her.

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  1. I could touch the rim in 8th grade.
  2. I was already 6 ft. tall in 7th grade (I was even skinnier then, too!)
  3. Yellow/ivory labs will forever be my favorite dog breed. They're the best family dogs.
  4. I am moderately obsessed with Twitter--follow me @KatieLo25!
  5. I played the trumpet from 3rd grade to 10th grade, and have also learned several other instruments. I got bored learning the same things over and over, so I taught myself!
  6. Growing up, I spent a lot of time on the farm with my horses, and riding them in competitions. I have owned about 10 in my life, and I miss horseback riding more and more every day.
  7. I hate seafood, but it's growing on me.
  8. I love traveling and aspire to see the world, but my favorite destination will forever be my cabin on the North Shore of Lake Superior. There's just nothing like it!
  9. I can appreciate a good steak--medium rare, please!
  10. When I'm not working on school, I love to read.
  11. I used to be deathly afraid of heights, among other things, but I enjoy facing my fears!
    "Life is like a stroll on the beach--as near to the edge as I can go." -Thoreau
  12. In 8th grade, I was All Conference in varsity cross-country. I used to be a pretty good distance runner, and I'm slowly finding my love for it again.
  13. I can cook well, but I'm usually too lazy to care--I make the most random meals.
  14. I am not a morning person.
  15. I can't mix the food on my plate. I eat it one section at a time.
  16. Being organized is important, but I hate cleaning unless the mood strikes.
  17. I love being outside--hiking, beach, watching the clouds--whatever, as long as there's sun and fresh air, I'm there!
  18. I cry in sad movies, books--heck, sometimes even commercials (like those sad dog/cat commercials!). I get it from my Daddy. ;)
  19. Growing up, I dreamed of becoming an equine (horse) veterinarian.
  20. A dream trip of mine would be to go storm chasing across the Midwest--I love a good storm!
  21. My favorite cookie is snickerdoodle, but I love chocolate chip cookie dough.
  22. Don Pablos is my favorite restaurant because I love Mexican food.
  23. I've always wanted to learn how to surf... someday.
  24. I love learning new languages and about different cultures.
  25. Someday I hope to make a garden half as good as my mother's.

Condon Caps Comeback At Duluth

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Editor's Note: The 2011-12 Minnesota men's hockey season was filled with memorable moments and dramatic comebacks that eventually culminated in a WCHA championship and the Gophers 20th NCAA Frozen Four appearance. This month, we take a look back at the Top 10 memorable moments from the 2011-12 season. Special thanks to the incomparable Frank Mazzocco, who hosts the countdown for us.

No. 6 - Condon Caps Comeback At Duluth
No. 7 - Gophers Take Two From North Dakota
No. 8 - Bjugstad Befuddles Bulldogs
No. 9 - Warning Tames Huskies
No. 10 - Rau Rolls The Dice

An early statement.

Minnesota's lineup last year was stocked with young, yet unproven, talent. The Gophers were not tested in the season-opening series against Sacred Heart, as they outscored the Pioneers 15-0 in two wins.

Minnesota's first challenge of the year came in the third game of the season, which also happened to be the team's first road game.

It was Oct. 14 and the setting was Amsoil Arena, home to Minnesota Duluth who entered the contest skating under a national championship banner for the first time.

The young Gophers trailed the Bulldogs with less than a minute remaining in the game. With Kent Patterson (career high 46 saves) on the bench, Erik Haula scored to tie the contest 4-4 and force overtime.

Nate Condon then scored the game-winning goal (photo gallery of OT winner) with 56 seconds remaining in the extra session when he batted the puck out of midair to stun goalie Kenny Reiter and the Bulldogs.

The Gophers would rally from a 2-0 deficit the following night to sweep the defending national champions on the road. In doing so, Minnesota improved to 11-3-1 in its last 15 games against teams who had won the national championship the year prior.

Date Night with Coach and Rebecca Kill

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Register now for Date Night with Coach and Rebecca Kill

Is there a better way to spend an evening than by going on a football-related date?

We do not think so either, so that is why you are invited to Date Night with Coach and Rebecca Kill on Thursday, July 19, 2012, at TCF Bank Stadium. The event will begin at 6 p.m., and the cost for the evening is $300.

You can register online by following this link.

Enjoy delicious food and beverages while you mingle with Golden Gopher football coaches and their spouses, get access to exclusive areas of the stadium and receive your own personalized practice jersey right from your locker in the Gophers' state-of-the-art dressing room.

Space for this unique event is limited and registration closes at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Couples registering for the event will receive a confirmation email from Rachel Lee in the Golden Gopher football office. Lee will be collecting additional information including jersey sizes, names for the jerseys and locker nameplates.

Your name will be placed on our guest list when you register online. Tickets for this event will not be distributed.

Parking is available next to TCF Bank Stadium in the Maroon Lot and the Gopher Lot.



Each Tuesday throughout the summer on the official Minnesota Gophers Facebook page (be sure to "like" us if you don't already!) we'll be highlighting a great moment in Gopher history to help populate our Facebook Timeline.

Have a suggestion for what we should feature next for Timeline Tuesday? Write a note on our Facebook Timeline!


June 8, 1973: Dave Winfield fans 14 Oklahoma Sooners to lead the Gophers to a 1-0 win in the opening game of the '73 College World Series.


The 2012 College World Series is unique in that two "northern" teams (Stony Brook and Kent State) made the tournament, but baseball fans should remember that Minnesota was once a dominant force on the national scene in the sport.

In 1973, a senior named Dave Winfield turned in arguably the greatest individual performance in CWS history -- tossing 17 1/3 innings, allowing just nine hits, one earned run and striking out 29... In addition, he batted .467 in the Series!

Winfield tossed a series-opening shutout against the Sooners, and also tossed 8 scoreless innings in the Gophers' 8-7 dramatic loss to USC, which is widely recognized as one of the most memorable games in World Series history.

Despite the fact that the Gophers were eliminated by the Trojans in the semifinals, Winfield still earned Most Outstanding Player honors -- a feat accomplished by just 10 men in the history of the tournament.

Blog: Looking Back on 20 Years of Soccer - 1996

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As crazy as it seems, the upcoming 2012 season will be the University of Minnesota's 20th year of having a women's soccer program. To pay tribute to the past 19 seasons, we will take a look back in time this summer and highlight the evolution of Gopher soccer year-by-year. The weekly updates will help us commemorate all the great moments in program history as we head into the highly-anticipated 2012 season, which kicks off August 17 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium against NCAA College Cup participant Florida State.

Today's installment takes us to 1996, which was a season that saw the Gophers reach its highest national ranking in school history along with a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.


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The University of Minnesota experienced another successful season with a 13-7 overall record and a 5-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play. After some doubt, the Golden Gophers slipped into the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year and played a memorable game against Nebraska. But the year was not without a number of struggles as the Gophers suffered a number of key injuries early in the year, including season-ending knee injuries to Noelle Papenhausen and 1995 Big Ten Player of the Year Jennifer Walek.

The season started with a bang as the No. 14-ranked Gophers opened with a 10-0 victory over Valparaiso. In that game, senior Erin Hussey set two Minnesota and Big Ten records by scoring four goals and tallying 10 points, which are still records to this day. Hussey's efforts got her named Big Ten Player of the Week.

Minnesota would go on to win its next three matches to receive its first Top Ten national ranking at No. 10 on September 23 as they headed for the Portland Classic.

The Gophers' streak would be snapped in a 3-2 defeat to No. 4 Portland, a squad that was the national runner-up in 1995. The team didn't dwell on the loss long as they had to focus on their matchup with No. 14 Washington a day later. The Maroon & Gold would rebound with a 2-1 win over the Huskies.

After defeating UW-Milwaukee at St. Paul Campus Soccer Field, Minnesota opened Big Ten play with a road game at Penn State. The Gophers couldn't get the ball rolling, and the Nittany Lions pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory.

Minnesota returned home looking to regroup against Northwestern and Wisconsin after the heartbreaking loss. The Gophers snagged a hard-fought victory against Northwestern, 1-0, which would setup the showdown with the Badgers, the team Minnesota defeated for the Big Ten title in 1995. In front of a St. Paul Campus Field record crowd of 1,427, No. 16 Wisconsin would defeat the Gophers, 3-1.

Minnesota would come off the loss with a vengeance as they won their next five matches by outscoring their opponents 14-4 during the stretch.
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The streak primed the Gophers for a matchup against national power No. 2 North Carolina in the Wisconsin Invitational. Minnesota would play the Tar Heels close but would end up getting shutout, 2-0, by the eventual 1996 National Champions. The loss to UNC didn't faze the Gophers as they rebounded to defeat North Illinois, 3-1, as Jennifer McElmury, Erin Hussey and Vanessa Touset were named to the all-tournament team.

Minnesota closed out the regular season with an unexpected loss to Evansville. It was only the third home loss in Minnesota history at the St. Paul Campus Soccer Field.

The Gophers entered the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio as the No. 3 seed, earning a matchup against Northwestern. After a scoreless first half, Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the beginning of the second period on a McElmury goal. The Wildcats answered with 10 minutes remaining in the contest and then scored again with four minutes left to bounce the Maroon & Gold from the tournament.

After some doubt, Minnesota received an invitation to the NCAA Tournament, having to travel to Lincoln, Neb. to play No. 5 Nebraska. The Cornhuskers jumped to an early 2-0 lead within the first 10 minutes of the match, but the Gophers battled back to even up the match at the end of regulation, 2-2. After playing a pair of overtime periods, Nebraska would break the tie in the 140th minute to win, 3-2.

For the second year in a row, the Golden Gophers would have a player named Big Ten Player of the Year in McElmury, who scored 14 goals and tallied seven assists. The junior also received national recognition as she was named a second-team, All-American and a first team, All-Great Lakes Region honoree. Joining McElmury with All-Region accolades was Touset, who was named to the second team, and Hussey, who was a third team member. McElmury and Hussey, who notched 10 goals and 10 assists, were also named first team, All-Big Ten while Touset was selected a second team defender, All-Big Ten.

Minnesota had a changing of guard in goal as newcomer Dana Larson assumed the starting keeper duties midway through the season. Larson finished the year with a record of 7-3 in the net while allowing 12 goals and owned a goal against average of 1.21. Senior Teresa O'Hearn started the first 10 games in goal for the Gophers. On the season, O'Hearn had a record of 6-4 and a goal against average of 1.17 in 13 matches.

Hussey, a senior forward, capped off her career with 83 points, which surpassed former Gopher Gretchen Brandt for third place in Minnesota history.

The Gophers would end the season second in the region in attendance with an average of 564 fans per match. The home-field advantage proved to be helpful as Minnesota hoisted a 21-3-3 record in the first three season at St. Paul Campus Soccer Field. This tradition of having large crowds and playing tough at home is still true today in the Gopher program.

Emily Brown Finishes Sixth at USA Half Marathon Championship

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Brown won a Big Ten steeplechase title as a Gopher.
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Former Golden Gopher track standout Emily Brown finished sixth in the USA Half Marathon Championship on Saturday. With the temperature at about 60 degrees in Duluth, Minn., Brown crossed the finish line in one hour, 12 minutes and 44 seconds. She was part of a 70-athlete women's field in the Championship, which was hosted by Grandma's Marathon.

Brown was a three-year letterwinner for Minnesota (2005-07). She won the 2006 Big Ten title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and went on to earn All-America honors with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

GWH Blog: Announcing the 2012-13 Roster

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The roster for the 2012-13 hockey season has been announced, and can be found here.

Breaking down the roster:

By Class:

6 Seniors: Megan Bozek, Sam Downey, Katie Frischmann, Mira Jalosuo, Becky Kortum, Noora Raty

5 Juniors: Bethany Brausen, Sarah Davis, Baylee Gillanders, Amanda Kessel, Kelly Terry

5 Sophomores: Rachael Bona, Jordyn Burns, Meghan Lorence, Rachel Ramsey, Shyler Sletta

6 Freshmen: Hannah Brandt, Brook Garzone, Amanda Leveille, Milica McMillen, Maryanne Menefee, Lee Stecklein

By position:

11 Forwards: Rachael Bona, Hannah Brandt, Bethany Brausen, Sarah Davis, Sam Downey, Brook Garzone, Amanda Kessel, Becky Kortum, Meghan Lorence, Maryanne Menefee, Kelly Terry

2 Defensemen/Forwards: Jordyn Burns, Katie Frischmann

6 Defensemen: Megan Bozek, Baylee Gillanders, Mira Jalosuo, Milica McMillen, Rachel Ramsey, Lee Stecklein

3 Goalies: Amanda Leveille, Noora Raty, Shyler Sletta

By home state/country:

12 from Minnesota: Rachael Bona, Hannah Brandt, Bethany Brausen, Jordyn Burns, Sam Downey, Katie Frischmann, Becky Kortum, Meghan Lorence, Milica McMillen, Rachel Ramsey, Shyler Sletta, Lee Stecklein

1 from Illinois: Megan Bozek

1 from Michigan: Maryanne Menefee

1 from Oklahoma: Brook Garzone

1 from Wisconsin: Amanda Kessel

4 from Canada: Sarah Davis, Baylee Gillanders, Amanda Leveille, Kelly Terry

2 from Finland: Mira Jalosuo, Noora Raty


Minnesota lost seven seniors to graduation after the 2011-12 campaign, including some prolific scorers as four of the seven scored over 100 points in their careers, while three (Emily West, Jen Schoullis and Sarah Erickson) passed the 150-point mark.

To replace the seven seniors who completed their eligibility, seven newcomers will join the Gopher squad this fall.

Three freshman forwards are joining the ranks in Hannah Brandt, Brook Garzone and Maryanne Menefee.

Brandt played her prep career at Hill-Murray High School, and earned just about every award Minnesota prep hockey has to offer, including the 2012 Ms. Hockey award. She led her team in scoring last season, averaging 3.57 points per game with 82 points on the season. In April, Brandt played with Team USA at the IIHF World Championships in Burlington, Vt., helping the Americans to a silver medal.

Garzone comes to the Gopher program from Shattuck-St. Mary's High School, where she helped her team reach the semifinals in the 2012 National Championships where they lost 2-1 in overtime to the eventual national champion. Garzone scored 60 points last season, averaging 1.13 per game.

Menefee played for the Little Caesar's Hockey Club in Michigan, and was a member of the U.S. Under-18 Team that earned a silver medal at the U18 World Championships in January.

Three newcomers will be added to the defensive corp in freshmen Lee Stecklein and Milica McMillen, while sophomore transfer Jordyn Burns returns to her home state after playing one season at Syracuse.  

Stecklein comes to the Gophers after a prep career at Roseville High School, leading her team to second place at the Class AA State Tournament. She scored 34 points last season (1.31 ppg) and was her team's scoring leader among defensemen. Stecklein was named to the All-Metro teams by both the Star Tribune and Pioneer press, and was a finalist for the Ms. Hockey Award. She represented the U.S. at the Under-18 World Championships in January, helping Team USA to a silver medal.

McMillen played for the Breck School, where she led her team to the Class A State Championship. McMillen had the assist on the gamewinner in the championship game, and played every minute of the title game for Breck. She led her team in scoring with 55 points on the season, averaging 1.9 per game. McMillen played with Team USA at the 2011 Twelve Nations Invitational. A finalist for the Ms. Hockey Award, McMillen was named to the All-Metro teams by the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

Burns, who played prep hockey at Benilde-St. Margaret's High School, returns to Minnesota after spending her freshman season at Syracuse. As a freshman, Burns played in all 35 games, scoring two goals and eight assists. She is primarily a defenseman, but could also see ice time as a forward. Since she is transferring from a school outside the WCHA, Burns will not have to sit out a season, and will be able to play in 2012-13.

Amanda Leveille is the lone goalie joining the Gopher program this fall, meaning Minnesota will have three goalies available for the upcoming season. Leveille hails from Kingston, Ontario and played with the Ottawa Lady Senators. She held a goals against average of 1.71 last season, playing in 35 games.


Be There: Gopher Football Season Tickets On Sale Now

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Will you be there?

Minnesota started selling season tickets today for the 2012 football season. The Gophers are beginning their fourth season at the pristine TCF Bank Stadium and will play seven home games on campus this year.

Season tickets start at $275 a ticket and are available by calling 612-624-8080. More detailed information about season tickets can be found on MyGopherSports.com.

Under first-year head coach Jerry Kill, Minnesota's program showed much improvement last year. The Gophers won two of their final five games under the new coaching staff.

Minnesota retained Floyd of Rosedale with a 22-21 home win against Iowa and ended the year with a 27-7 victory against Illinois.

This year, the Gophers will face New Hampshire, Western Michigan and Syracuse in non-conference action at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota will also host Northwestern, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State in Big Ten play this season.

No Offseason for... Danye Guinn

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Even though the women's basketball season may have ended in March, that doesn't mean the work is over for those behind-the-scenes of it all. Danye Guinn, Director of Basketball Operations for the team, has her work cut out for her at the beginning of the summer.


"Now that camps are starting to pick up in June, it's been just as busy as it is during the year."

One of her main projects during the summer is working on coordinating and organizing the camps that the team runs during the summer months. From making the brochures to calling coaches to planning all of the minute details for the camps, the beginning of summer is not an easy ride for her. The Gophers' overnight camp takes the most amount of work.

"For elite camp, the campers can stay in the Frontier residence halls, so I have to make sure that the hall is all lined up. I also have to make sure players are staying in the rooms with who they requested and I have to schedule meals for all the campers. Each player gets lunch and dinner, while breakfast is also served for the people that stay in the halls, so I have to line all those up, while also making sure parents know where to park, drop off their kids and what time registration begins. I also have to get t-shirt sizes and help in the design of the shirts that each camper receives."

Along with coordinating everything for the camps, she also has to make sure that the Gophers are there as well.

"Between their summer school classes, I have to figure out when to schedule the players that will be working camps. I have to decide what teams I'm going to put them with and what drills I want them doing, versus what I want the high school and college coaches doing."

It can clearly be quite a bit of work, though Danye isn't too nervous about it.

"I've been doing camps for several years now. I ran University of North Dakota's camps for the past few years, so I don't think it's that hard, but it is a lot of detailed work. If you overlook something, it could throw off the whole camp. It's a lot more work than people think it is."

Danye's past jobs have given her great experience to help her through this summer.

"Basketball is all I have known since about kindergarten, so after playing at the University of North Dakota for five years, I took a coaching job at Des Moines Area Community College in Boone, Iowa. I was an assistant coach there for a year and then got hired at back at the University of North Dakota as an assistant coach."

Danye also enjoys the organizational aspect of her job, making it an enjoyable experience for her as she continues into next season. She is also hoping to learn more about the administrative side of things as she continues down her career path and more into the summer.

But it isn't all about work for Danye, as she does get some free time in the offseason. She has plans to go on a family fishing trip to Canada at the beginning of August and also has a side project that she has been working on. She is building a dining room table out of old barn wood that she got from her grandparent's barn that was blown down in a storm.

Her work life does pick up again though in September, when she starts to begin her regular-season duties, which mostly include planning travel for the team.

"When camps are done in the beginning of July, I'll start getting contracts for hotels and buses and then I can begin to line up our charter flights."

One of her biggest concerns will be what to do when something goes wrong.

"If a flight goes wrong, which we had a flight canceled because of a mechanical issue this past year, I would reschedule it and try figure out a way to get to our destination safely."

Even though it may be a daunting task, she definitely will not have a difficult time with it.

"Coming in last year, everything was new and everything was a lot bigger. This year, I'll have everything more organized and I'll know who to talk to about what questions I have. I'm just looking forward to being a little less stressed than I was last year."

She is also looking forward to this season, as her first year was quite a success.

"Everybody here at the U has been great, from the coaches to the players to the fans. And I have also met a lot of great people in Bierman that I get to work with every day. I have definitely made a lot of good connections."

- by Elizabeth Babinski, Athletic Communications Assistant

Series With Michigan State Finalized

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The University of Minnesota announced today that it has finalized dates and start times for it's season-opening series against Michigan State.

The Gophers will meet the soon-to-be Big Ten rival Spartans at Mariucci Arena at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, to begin the season. The two teams will then face one another at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, to complete the two-game series.

The Minnesota football team will host Northwestern at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, for Homecoming so that is the reason for the 8 p.m. hockey start.

This will be the third time that Minnesota will open a season against the Spartans. The Gophers beat Michigan State twice (9-8, 11-5) at home to open the 1979-80 season. Minnesota also began the 1960-61 season against the Spartans (the Gophers won those games 6-3 and 6-5 on the road).

The last time Minnesota opened the season against a CCHA opponent was Oct. 12, 2002, when it beat Ohio State 7-2 in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game at Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota will open the season at home for the third straight year. The Gophers began last season at home against Sacred Heart and opened the 2010-11 season at home against Massachusetts. This is the first time that the Gophers have started three consecutive seasons at home since 1996-1998. The Gophers hosted Colorado College in 1996, welcomed Maine to Mariucci Arena in 1997 and played St. Lawrence and Ohio State in the Icebreaker Cup at Mariucci Arena in 1998.

All other start times for the 2012-13 hockey season will be announced in the future.

Top Moments of 2011-12: Gophers Sweep North Dakota

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Editor's Note: The 2011-12 Minnesota men's hockey season was filled with memorable moments and dramatic comebacks that eventually culminated in a WCHA championship and the Gophers 20th NCAA Frozen Four appearance. This month, we take a look back at the Top 10 memorable moments from the 2011-12 season. Special thanks to the incomparable Frank Mazzocco, who hosts the countdown for us.

No. 7 - Gophers Take Two From North Dakota
No. 8 - Bjugstad Befuddles Bulldogs
No. 9 - Warning Tames Huskies
No. 10 - Rau Rolls The Dice

Sweet Sweep!

For the first time at home since 1996, the fifth-ranked Gopher Hockey team swept North Dakota last season on Nov. 4-5.

Friday night's game was highlighted by Nick Bjugstad and Tom Serratore, who each scored to give Minnesota a 2-0 win. Kent Patterson also made 24 saves as he recorded his fifth shutout of the season, tying a program record set during 1987-88 by Robb Stauber.

The game marked Minnesota's first shutout against North Dakota since Oct. 23, 2004, when Kellen Briggs and the Gophers won 6-0. It was also Minnesota's first shutout against North Dakota at Mariucci Arena since Dec.12, 1993, when Jeff Moen recorded a 3-0 win.

The tenth-largest crowd ever for a Minnesota home game crammed into Mariucci Arena on Saturday night. The over-capacity crowd of 10,234 was treated to a 3-2 come-from-behind Gopher win.

Bjugstad once again scored the first goal of the game, but Minnesota would need some late heroics to complete the sweep. Nick Larson tied the game with six minutes remaining and then freshman Kyle Rau finished off North Dakota with a final-minute goal sending a raucous crowd home happy.   

Giel Family Donates Memorabilia To Minnesota

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One of the items that the family of Paul Giel donated today was a one of-a-kind personalized "Little Brown Jug," which was presented to Giel after a 22-0 win against Michigan in 1952.
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Photo album of donated memorabilia

Former Gopher great Paul Giel's legacy lives on at the University of Minnesota, but even more so as his family donated his awards back to the institution he loved. Paul's son, Tom, wife Sarah and family as well as Paul's daughter Gerilyn were all present when they donated the memorabilia to head football coach Jerry Kill. A football and baseball student-athlete at Minnesota and later the department's athletic director, Giel's son, Tom, donated an estimated $14,000 worth of awards back to Golden Gopher football.

"The items and memorabilia that my father was privileged to win is a testament to his days as a student athlete here at the University of Minnesota," Tom Giel said. "He loved being a Golden Gopher and these items need to be back within the Gopher family. We want others to enjoy it and if this can help a young man or woman to decide to come and compete here as a student athlete, it's worth it."

Giel's family donated six items to the University of Minnesota. Giel's All-American Sweater was worn by Paul while appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. A one-of-a-kind personalized "Little Brown Jug" was presented to Giel after a 22-0 win in 1952 against Michigan. The Giel family also donated two All-American autographed footballs from 1952 and 1953. The 1952 football was signed by 24 members of the 1952 All-America Football Team, including Heisman Trophy winner Billy Vessels. The 1953 football was signed by 22 All-America honorees, including Giel (runner-up) and Heisman winner Johnny Lattner. Giel's family also donated both of his Big Ten Most Valuable Player awards.

As a two-sport athlete, Giel has both of his numbers retired in football (No. 10) and in baseball (34). On the gridiron Giel was named as the College Football Player of the Year and finished runner-up to Notre Dame's Johnny Lattner in the Heisman Trophy race. In his career, he rushed for 2,188 yards; caught 281 passes; posted 417 return yards on both punts and kicks; en route to collecting 3,165 career all-purpose yards as well as 22 touchdowns. In addition, Giel starred as a pitcher on the baseball diamond, where, from 1953-54, he was named to the All-American and All-Big Ten teams and later went on to play Major League Baseball for six seasons. Giel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975. Holding the athletics director title from 1971 to 1989, Giel passed away in 2002.

"I think it tells a lot about their family and their respect that they had for their dad," Coach Kill said. "This is a tremendous example of giving back to the program and the deep history here at the University of Minnesota. It's a great privilege for us to have the opportunity to showcase his accomplishments and the legacy of his family."

Blog: Koch and Skrove Go Dutch

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We are here!!!! First we will start off by making an excuse/ why it took us a couple days to make our first abroad post. It's been a little hectic. Let's start with our journey here that took approximately 12 hours plus a 7 hour time change.

The first flight was 8 hours, which consisted with us sleeping on and off, watching Vipo the Flying Dog the tv show being played (if you don't know what this is you should Google it), wondering if the woman next to Alissa was going to survive the flight, and being jealous of the little kids next to Dannie who got chicken nuggets. We had a two hour layover in Warsaw, Poland where one of the two was spent standing in line and the next was trying to figure out if our flight was changes to a different gate. During this all we were trying to do was decipher the Polish announcements being played over the speakers. This is when it really hit us that we were going to spend the summer smiling and nodding when someone spoke to us, because we would not know what they are saying. (Side note: everyone was very nice and willing to help us understand when they saw our confused looks).

Upon landing in Amsterdam and walking to the baggage claim we had that "freshman in college" look, smile from ear to ear and butterflies to meet the team. Once we realized that our bags were actually there, we found the team who had a banner saying "Welcome to Holland" it was a very nice welcome. By this time it was 7pm Holland time and we headed to our host family's house. We spend the rest of the night chatting with some of our teammates and coach and got settled in our room. To say we were tired by the end of the day would be a minor understatement, we were exhausted! Once our heads hit the pillow we did not move a muscle. That was until 8am the following morning when Alissa shot out of her bed in a panic not knowing where we were, what time it was, where we were supposed to be, while throwing some bard object onto the floor which increased the panic in the room when Dannie shot out of bed. This was a perfect example of our freshman year sharing a room at Wilkins and one of us thinking we were late for practice. So Coach Allister would be proud to know we still are in practice mode. (Mornings will be stressful if we don't adapt at some point.)

Our first meal with our host family was breakfast. Monique our house mom laid out an assortment of things we wouldn't pronounce, but she helped us identify what they were and explained to us the things we hadn't seen before. They had peanut butter! (It's like our natural stuff so it is good) For those of you that don't know this is Dannie's main food group.. Her body is not mostly made up of water it is made up of peanut butter so she will be able to sustain her dirty, dirty habit. We also had options such as croissants (you have to eat your pb on something, well Alissa did, Dannie could eat it with a spoon) along with 4 types of meat (ham, roast beef, salami, and something Dutch) Alissa tried that one and she liked it but couldn't translate what it would be back home. The actual name of it translates to smoked beef.

The breakfast was a good headway into what would be a few days of traditional Dutch food and drinks. Each meal is like an experiment to see if we like it. We made Pannenkoek (pancakes) for the family for dinner, yes dinner. They don't eat them for breakfast but they are also not like our pancakes, they are thinner and we made some with bacon, some with cheese and some plain. Dannie liked the plain ones the most and Alissa liked the cheese ones. Milot helped us she is the oldest of the 3 kids in the family. She is on our team, but is injured right now. "The Dutch way" to flip them is by throwing them in the air and catching them in the pan. Of course we had to try which led to a celebratory dance when we both succeeded on the first try.

They LOVE mayonnaise here... Alissa's favorite! NOT! They eat it with a lot of their foods. Instead of dipping their foods in ketchup it's always mayo. One of the dinners was traditional Dutch which included Frikandel, Krokets, and fried cheese squares (we don't remember what they were called). A Frikandel is in the shape of a hotdog but deep fried and it is made of minced. They eat it with mayo, of course, and onions. Dannie treated it like a hotdog and put ketchup and onions on hers. She kept saying it tasted like an Italian sausage. Bitterbals and Krokets, they are the same thing just different shapes. They are made out of beef that has been mixed so much that it turns into mush and is then deep fried.

Our first games were Saturday. We won both of them, but by no means were they pretty to watch. The scores were 3-2 and 8-0. We were both so nervous for the first game like it was a life or death situation but winning helps get rid of nerves. Alissa instilled a little fear in the other team by hitting their lead off two times in a row and Dannie hit a home run that was taken away from her because it rolled under a fence making it a ground rule double. Besides winning, the best part of the games was being told every inning to just have fun.

Giving a recap of the last five days was difficult for us to remember, but we will try to do it more frequently.

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Editor's Note: The 2011-12 Minnesota men's hockey season was filled with memorable moments and dramatic comebacks that eventually culminated in a WCHA championship and the Gophers 20th NCAA Frozen Four appearance. This month, we take a look back at the Top 10 memorable moments from the 2011-12 season. Special thanks to the incomparable Frank Mazzocco, who hosts the countdown for us.

No. 8 - Bjugstad Beauty Befuddles Bulldogs
No. 9 - Warning Tames The Huskies
No. 10 - Rau Rolls The Dice

Nick Bjugstad (G-60 interview and video highlights) turned in a scintillating sophomore season with 25 goals and 17 assists. But it was his breathtaking goal at Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 15 that helped establish the power forward from Blaine, Minn., as one of the best players in the country.

The goal also helped Minnesota sweep the Bulldogs and improve to 2-1-1 all-time at Duluth's new Amsoil Arena.

Bjugstad, who was an All-WCHA First Team member and Second Team All-American, led Minnesota in goals with 25. He tallied the most goals by a Gopher since Ryan Potulny had 38 during the 2005-06 season.

As his goal at Minnesota Duluth illustrated, Bjugstad was his best on the road last season. He had 21 points (9g-12a) in 16 road games and had a point in 13 games away from Mariucci Arena.   

Minnesota ended the year with a 20-6-1 record when Bjugstad recorded a point.

Blog: Looking Back on 20 Years of Soccer - 1995

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As crazy as it seems, the upcoming 2012 season will be the University of Minnesota's 20th year of having a women's soccer program. To pay tribute to the past 19 seasons, we will take a look back in time this summer and highlight the evolution of Gopher soccer year-by-year. The weekly updates will help us commemorate all the great moments in program history as we head into the highly-anticipated 2012 season, which kicks off August 17 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium against NCAA College Cup participant Florida State.

Today's installment takes us to 1995, which was a season that encompassed the team's first Big Ten Championship, first NCAA appearance and first All-American.


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Big Ten Champs and NCAA participants is the best way to describe the 1995 Minnesota women's soccer team accomplishments. The Golden Gophers ended the year with its best season in the short three-year history of the Minnesota program with a 16-5-2 overall record and 5-1-1 Big Ten mark.

Minnesota opened the year with a five-match winning streak, defeating New Mexico, Montana, Ohio State, Northern Illinois and Minnesota-Duluth. In its 10-0 thumping over Northern Illinois on September 10 the Gophers set six school records. Junior Jennifer Walek and freshman Corinne Bolder each notched two goals and three assists for a seven points. The team combined to tally 30 points and 10 assists in the match.

The Gophers made its second trip of the season to Virginia to have its winning streak snapped in a 2-2 tie to No. 24 George Washington and then suffered their first loss two days later to James Madison, 4-3.

The team would rebound in its next match as they recorded their first overtime win in school history against No. 23 Michigan State, 3-2. Sophomore Jennifer McElmury scored the golden goal in the 92nd minute of play to give Minnesota the victory.

The Maroon & Gold avenged a loss from the 1994 season as the Gophers took a perfect 3-0 record into the Penn State match on October 1. The Gophers came out of the match with a 2-0 victory as McElmury and Bolder each notched a goal while Walek was credited with assists on both goals.

Minnesota ended its home stand in October by beating Kansas, Detroit and Butler. The Golden Gophers then tied Indiana, 1-1, in the team's final home match in front of a record-setting 726 fans at the St. Paul Campus Soccer Field. Walek recorded the game-tying goal in the 79th minute to push the game into overtime.

The Gophers then spent the last two weeks of the regular season on the road. A tough test was set as the team had to travel to No. 15 Wisconsin for a key match. Unfortunately, mental mistakes led to three first half Badger goals as Wisconsin won the match, 5-1. Freshman Vanessa Touset was the lone highlight for Minnesota as she scored her first collegiate goal in the 64th minute of the match.

Two days later, the Gophers defeated Northwestern 4-0, and thanks for a Wisconsin-Penn State tie, Minnesota was able to capture the top spot in the Big Ten Conference after finishing fifth a year earlier.

To cap off the regular season, Minnesota traveled to Austin, Texas to participate in the Longhorn Classic before entering conference tournament play. The Gophers would end up losing to Texas in overtime but defeat TCU to cap off the regular season and carry some momentum into the tournament.

With having the top seed in the tournament, the Gophers drew Michigan in the first round. The Wolverines would not pose a test for the Maroon & Gold as Minnesota won 2-0. In the semi-final round, the Golden Gophers would defeat host Indiana, 3-2, to advance to the championship game.

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The championship game served as a rematch of the championship game from a year ago, featuring Minnesota and Wisconsin. The two teams played a scoreless first half, but the Gophers scored the only goal of the match in the second half. Senior Gretchen Brandt took a pass from Carrie Johnson and headed the ball over the Badger's keeper to give Minnesota its first-ever Big Ten title in women's soccer.

The Gophers' impressive season didn't end at the conference tournament as they were offered a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first-time in program history. With high hopes of making a run in the tournament, Minnesota would first have to surpass a familiar foe one more time: Wisconsin.

Over four inches of snow fell the night before the match in Madison, Wis., and the match was delayed over two hours as volunteers attempted to clear the field. After the snow was removed, Minnesota tried to repeat a feat they had accomplished nearly a week earlier, but the Badgers turned the table and avenged their Big Ten Championship loss, winning 1-0.

The Gophers would have its NCAA Tournament run cut short, but despite the early dismissal, Minnesota received its first-ever national ranking. The Maroon & Gold would be tagged in all three major polls with the highest rank coming in from the Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America poll at No. 17.

Minnesota would get more recognition on the national stage as McElmury was tagged second team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/UMBRO and Soccer News. Along with being named an All-American, she and Walek earned first team All-Great Lakes Region honors. Denney also received All-Region praise as she was named to the second team.

Accolades would continue to roll in as Walek was tagged Big Ten Player of the Year as she finished the season with a team-high 50 points (16 goals, 18 assists). Walek's goal count finished 14th in the country while her assists were tied for third. Head coach Sue Montagne was named Big Ten Coach of the Year after directing the team to its best overall and Big Ten record. Others receiving Big Ten honors were McElmury, who received her second first team accolade, along with Mikki Denney, Erin Hussey and Bolder, who each were named second team selections.

Bolder finished second on the team in scoring with 11 goals and 11 assists for 33 points while McElmury was third with 12 goals and six assists for 30 points.

Brandt, the Gophers' lone senior, scored 13 goals with three of them being serving as game-winning goals in the Big Ten tournament. The senior also was selected a third team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American.

In goal, junior Teresa O'Hearn started all 23 matches, recorded 95 saves and posted a goal against average of 1.09. She had a total of 9.5 shutouts on the season. The Gopher' defense was stiff all season as they allowed only 27 goals in 23 games.

Lindsay Whalen Final FourEach Tuesday throughout the summer on the official Minnesota Gophers Facebook page (be sure to "like" us if you don't already) we'll be highlighting a great moment in Gopher history to help populate our Facebook Timeline.

Have a suggestion for what we should feature next for Timeline Tuesday? Write a note on our Facebook page!


March 30, 2004: Lindsay Whalen and the Gopher women's basketball team stuns top-seeded Duke 82-75 to advance to the Final Four.

Lindsay Whalen was already a Minnesota icon before March 30, 2004. Yet that was the night she solidified her place among the all-time greats in Gopher lore.

The Hutchinson native's 27 points (to go along with 20 and 18 rebounds from teammate Janel McCarville) capped one of the more improbable Final Four runs in women's NCAA history -- the Gophers rolled past the first, second and third-seeded teams in the Midwest Regional that season before falling to UConn in the semifinal.

"Coach Borton said the most aggressive team was going to win and that's the way we've played all year," Whalen said after the game. "Tonight we just got a few things to go for us and we just played loose and played together."

The performance earned Whalen's Gophers a banner in Williams Arena -- and a lasting place in the memories of Gopher fans for years to come.

Season Tickets On Sale June 12

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Information About 2012-13 Men's Hockey Season Tickets

Minnesota announced today that it will begin selling season tickets for men's hockey games to the general public starting at 9 a.m. on June 12. 

Season tickets start at $755 per ticket and can be purchased by calling 612-624-8080 or in person at the Mariucci Arena box office.

Student season tickets, which are $106, are also on sale.

The Gophers will play 20 regular-season home games during the 2012-13 season which includes games against rivals Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Minnesota will also host Denver, Michigan State and Notre Dame and could face defending national champion Boston College in the Mariucci Classic.

In The Beginning...

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Coach Jerry Kill talks to football campers at TCF Bank Stadium today.
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It all began at 7 a.m. this morning.

That is when the incoming freshman class gathered at Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex to meet with nearly 40 former Gopher football players. The Minnesota alums told the new players what it meant to be a Gopher and how playing at Minnesota helped shape their lives inside and outside of football.

The group of alumni then taught the newest members of the Gopher football team how to sing the Minnesota Rouser, which the freshmen did before heading to class for the first time.

"One of the things we had the freshmen do was stand up and say where they are from," said coach Jerry Kill. "Once they were done, we told them that everyone is from Minnesota now.'

The newest Gophers will spend the rest of their morning in class before heading back to the football facility for individual physicals. They will begin workouts tomorrow.

After the morning meeting the football staff headed over to TCF Bank Stadium, where they are conducting the two-day Coach Kill's Future Gopher Camp, which is open to second to eighth graders. There they stressed fundamentals and hard work in the morning session to more than 100 campers.


25 Things You Don't Know About...Micaella Riche

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Micaella Riche is coming off a very successful sophomore campaign in which she made her way into the Golden Gophers' starting lineup and concluded the year as one of Minnesota's top rebounders. Here, the forward from Gloucester, Ontario, shares 25 things that Gopher fans may not know about her.
  1. I LOVE getting my nails done. They can't be short and painted, they NEED to be long.
  2. I force my brothers to have slumber parties with me and stay up late talking about stuff.
  3. Instagram makes me believe I'm a pro in photography.
  4. I believe that everyone was placed on earth to accomplish a mission.
  5. I love preparing my food so that it looks really pretty. Then I tend to eat slower.
  6. All I have at home is fruit, vegetables, cheerios, milk, applesauce and chicken. I LOVE IT.
  7. I don't get bored of eating the same foods because I am creative with them.
  8. Out of season, I am obsessed with running outside.
  9. Because of Alex, I am now obsessed with yoga.
  10. Sometimes, for some reason, I act like I'm 5'5 and weigh 150 lbs.
  11. I love to break out in random convulsions that I call dancing. Rachel joins too.
  12. I sleep with socks 95% of the time because I feel like spiders will crawl on my toes.
  13. The littlest things make me unbelievably happy.
  14. I'm obsessed with anything that has a cute pattern or color. It could be a hammer and I'd want to buy it.
  15. I pray in my mind all the time. Especially on the court. I'm also a strong believer... Leah got me back into it :)
  16. I want my hair to be long. Down to the middle of my back. Like NOW.
  17. If you don't ask me to sing along, I will. But if you tell me to I get so shy. Except for when I'm around Leah.
  18. I have no filter. I will say almost everything that comes to my mind. Especially if it's nice.
  19. I am the most ticklish person alive. Do not tickle me unless you are trying to get knocked out (accidentally, of course).
  20. If I'm reading and a word is spelled the same in English and French, at the moment that I'm reading it I have NO IDEA how to pronounce it in English, even if i know the word.
  21. I love to think that I know every answer in class. I often end up getting excited and yelling the wrong answer. Or as the prof says: "Uhm... yea that's part of it..." But when I get it right I think I'm cool.
  22. I am OBSESSED with everything being neat, in order and stacked well, and it needs to look pretty too.
  23. I'm already saving up for my apartment after college. I love home decor and can't wait to decorate it. Perfectly. With all of my OCD standards.
  24. I have approximately eight or nine journals that I love to write in. I write everything down.
  25. I am absolutely madly in love with every one of my teammates and I would do anything for any one of my sisters!

Top 10 Moments Of 2011-12: No. 9

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Editor's Note: The 2011-12 Minnesota men's hockey season was filled with memorable moments and dramatic comebacks that eventually culminated in a WCHA championship and the Gophers 20th NCAA Frozen Four appearance. This month, we take a lot back at the Top 10 memorable moments from the 2011-12 season. Special thanks to the incomparable Frank Mazzocco, who hosts the countdown for us.

No. 9 - Sam Warning's Late Goal Beats St. Cloud State
No. 10 - Rau Rolls The Dice

It was one of those nights.

Minnesota was thoroughly dominating St. Cloud State on Jan. 28, but was having trouble putting away the pesky Huskies on the road. The Gophers would outshoot St. Cloud State 46-12 for the game, but the two teams were deadlocked 2-2 with less than 90 seconds to play.

That is when Jake Hansen, Justin Holl and Sam Warning broke out on a three-on-two rush and used quick, crisp passing to secure the Minnesota win. Hansen found Holl who quickly found Warning who found the back of the net to lift Minnesota to a 3-2 win in St. Cloud.

The goal was Warning's first since Oct. 21 and was his fourth of the season, as he ended a lengthy goal-scoring drought. It was also his first WCHA point. 

Gopher Gymnast Studies in London

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University of Minnesota gymnast Megan Alvarez is taking in an experience of a lifetime this summer as she is studying abroad in London for six weeks this summer. Alvarez's time overseas involves a three-credit class accompanied by an internship placement with the London Marriott Hotel where she is working with their Sales and Marketing team. The junior's weekly schedule is setup so she takes classes and attends her internship Monday through Thursday and gets the privilege of having Friday to Sunday free for sightseeing and travel. Thus far, the Villa Park, Ill. native has visited Stonehenge, Bath and Oxford University with anticipated trips to Paris in the coming weeks.

Below is a photo gallery with pictures of places that Megan has experienced in the past two weeks. Along with the photos are brief descriptions about the photo.

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GWH Blog: USA Hockey High Performance Camp

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Five players with Gopher ties are participating in USA Hockey's Women's National High Performance Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Current Gophers Amanda Kessel and Megan Bozek are participating, as well as recent graduates Anne Schleper and Jen Schoullis. Former Gopher Gigi Marvin (2006-09) is at the camp as well.

The camp started last Friday and runs through tomorrow. The players are training off-ice in areas such as strength and conditioning, mental skills, team building, nutrition and elite-athlete wellness.

The camp roster includes 17 Olympians and 22 of the 23 players from the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the silver medal at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Burlington, Vt.

Press release from USA Hockey here.

Blog: Looking Back on 20 Years of Soccer - 1994

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As crazy as it seems, the upcoming 2012 season will be the University of Minnesota's 20th year of having a women's soccer program. To pay tribute to the past 19 seasons, we will take a look back in time this summer and highlight the evolution of Gopher soccer year-by-year. The weekly updates will help us commemorate all the great moments in program history as we head into the highly-anticipated 2012 season, which kicks off August 17 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium against NCAA College Cup participant Florida State.

Today's installment takes us to 1994, which was the first year that women's soccer was instituted a Big Ten Conference sport.

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Despite being the second season in Gopher soccer history, the University of Minnesota women's soccer team embarked on a number of firsts during the 1994 season. The Golden Gophers would end up posting a 10-6-4 record en route to reaching the first-ever Big Ten Conference Championship game and receiving the program's first-ever regional ranking. Individuals on the 1994 squad received praise at the end of the year for their contribution to the team as two Gophers were named First Team, All-Big Ten along with having the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Minnesota opened the 1994 season with a three-game home stand at the team's new home, the St. Paul Campus Soccer Field. The Gophers would go 2-0-1 with the draw coming in the season opener and first-ever Big Ten Conference soccer game against Michigan State on September 4. The team would come back the following weekend and defeat UW-Milwaukee for the first win of the season. In the 5-1 defeat of the Panthers, the Gophers received a pair of goals from freshman Jennifer McElmury while senior Ellen Peterfeso also chipped in three points with a goal and an assist. Two days later, the Maroon & Gold capped a shutout over St. Cloud State, 9-0.

The Gophers would travel to Madison, Wis. on Sept. 17 to compete in the University of Wisconsin/Rocky Rococo Soccer Invitational. In the opening game, Minnesota tallied a 1-1 tie with Colorado College. The next day, No. 7 William & Mary would stifle the Gophers in a 2-0 shutout. McElmury and sophomore Jennifer Walek both were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts.

The Maroon & Gold returned to Big Ten action on September 23, as they tallied two second-half goals to defeat Michigan 2-1. Walek scored the game-winning goal with less than one minute remaining to negate overtime and defeat the Wolverines. Two days later, the Gophers would be on the losing side of a second-half comeback as Indiana netted three goals after Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the 62nd minute.

The Gophers' Big Ten battles continued the following weekend with a 1-1 draw against Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. Minnesota scored at the 89:11 mark, when junior Gretchen Brandt scored off a Peterfeso pass.

Minnesota returned to its winning ways on October 2 in Columbus with a 4-1 neutral site victory against Virginia Tech. The win started a streak where the Golden Gophers won five games in the team's next six outings. Minnesota returned home from Columbus to defeat Valparaiso, 4-0, before losing to Penn State in overtime. The Gophers rebounded from the PSU loss with a 4-1 victory against Montana and a 5-1 win against Northwestern.

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Coach Montagne and Erin Hussey
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The highlight of the season came on October 22, when Minnesota defeated 13th-ranked Wisconsin 2-0 at home. Brandt scored the game' first gal while sophomore Erin Hussey sealed the triumph with a late second-half goal. The victory over the Badgers was the Gophers' first-ever win against a ranked opponent.

Minnesota closed the regular season with a nil-nil tie at home against Marquette and a pair of 2-1 losses to San Diego and San Diego State in the Golden State.

The Golden Gophers would enter the Big Ten Tournament in Madison, Wis. as the fifth seed, but the youthful squad quickly proved that they were one of the elites in the league. Minnesota took care of business in the first round as they defeated Ohio State 3-1 behind two goals from Walek. In the semifinals, Walek notched the only goal in the match to help the Gophers upset the tournament's top seed, Michigan State. Minnesota's championship run ended in the championship game when third seeded and 10th-ranked Wisconsin avenged their earlier loss to the Gophers. The Badgers would shutout Minnesota 3-0 to become the first Big Ten Conference Champion.

For the second consecutive year, Walek led the team in scoring with 34 points on 14 goals and six assists. McElmury complimented the sophomore well as she netted 11 goals and had six assists in her first Gopher campaign. Both Walek and McElmury were named First Team, All-Big Ten for their efforts while McElmury also garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Joining Walek and McElmury on the all-conference teams was sophomore Mikki Denney. Denney, a defender, was named Second Team, All-Big Ten after transferring from North Carolina.

The powerful Gopher offense also saw a great deal of contribution from Brandt, Hussey and Peterfeso. All three players reached double-figure points on the year.

In goal, sophomore Teresa O'Hearn played all but 17 minutes on the year. O'Hearn earned four shutouts, a 1.12 goal against average and 140 saves, which are currently the most in school history for a single season.
Nystrom_blog_image.jpgEach Tuesday throughout the summer on the official Minnesota Gophers Facebook page (be sure to "like" us if you don't already!) we'll be highlighting a great moment in Gopher history to help populate our Facebook Timeline.

Have a suggestion for what we should feature next for Timeline Tuesday? Write a note on our Facebook Timeline!


November 6, 1999: The upstart Gophers stun No. 2-ranked and undefeated Penn State 24-23 in Happy Valley

It's been almost 13 years, but the photo above will live in the memories of Gopher football fans everywhere for many more to come. Few who witnessed Dan Nystrom's 32-yard, last second field goal to beat No. 2 Penn State Nov. 6, 1999 in Happy Valley will ever forget it.

The Nittany Lions entered the game undefeated with legitimate national title hopes, while Glen Mason's Minnesota squad was unranked and had not even seen a bowl game since 1986.

The game-deciding drive started with a first down Hail Mary pass to get past midfield. Then there was a deflected 32-yard completion on fourth-and-16 pass from Billy Cockerham to Arland Bruce to put Minnesota in field-goal range.

And, finally, the kick that sailed just over the leaping Lions -- an image that will stand the test of time.

Registration Open For Coach Kill's Future Gopher Camp

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Information and Registration For 2012 Coach Kill's Future Gopher Camp

There is still time to register for the 2012 Coach Kill's Future Gopher Camp. The two-day camp is June 11-12 and will be held at TCF Bank Stadium. Participants need to register by June 9.

Camp is open to all who are entering second-eighth grade in the fall. The camp is designed for young children who enjoy the game of football and offers a fun and educational environment for future Gophers. Attendees will learn agility and position drills and will receive hands-on instruction while participating in exciting activities.

Campers will also receive a t-shirt and lunch both days.

Top 10 Moments Of 2011-12: No. 10

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Editor's Note: The 2011-12 Minnesota men's hockey season was filled with memorable moments and dramatic comebacks that eventually culminated in the Gophers 20th NCAA Frozen Four appearance. This month, we take a lot back at the Top 10 memorable moments from the 2011-12 season. Special thanks to the incomparable Frank Mazzocco, who hosts the countdown for us.

No. 10 - Kyle Rau scores against Sacred Heart

Some freshmen take a few games, months or even an entire season to get acclimated to the college game.

Kyle Rau (season highlights) needed less than one minute.

Coming off a dazzling high school career which ended with him being named Mr. Hockey, Rau established himself as a scoring force early in his career. He scored Minnesota's first goal of the year--and the first of his career--when he tallied just 56 seconds into the season-opening game against Sacred Heart.

Rau kept up his scoring ways all season as he was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team. He finished second on the team in points (43) and was third on the team in goals (18) and assists (25). He had six game-winning goals which tied Trent Klatt (1991-92) for ninth all-time in a single season.

Rau's 18 goals were the most by a Gopher freshman since the 2006-07 season (Jay Barriball had 20 and Kyle Okposo had 19) and his 43 points were the most by a freshman since the 2008-09 season (Jordan Schroeder had 45). Rau was national Rookie of the Month for and was a three-time WCHA Rookie of the Week.

Former Gophers Highlight Charity Game At Ridder Arena

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Former Minnesota hockey stars Kyle Okposo, Danny Irmen, Derek Peltier and Gigi Marvin will participate in an NHL Players Charity Game and Autograph Session on Wednesday, June 20, at Ridder Arena.

Proceeds from the event, which is put on by Defending the Blue Line (www.DefendingTheBlueLine.org), will benefit military families and will also help continue to celebrate the service of those who serve in the military.

Tickets for the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased below or by calling Shane Hudella at 651-253-6737. Groups of 20 or more will receive a discounted ticket price of $15 each. In addition, 14-seat Luxury Suites are available for $500. Player game worn jerseys will be autographed and auctioned off after the game and all fans will be entered into a raffle for Minnesota Wild Camo Sweaters, Wild game tickets and other fabulous prizes.

For a complete schedule of events and a list of NHL stars participating click here.

Blog: Looking Back on 20 Years of Soccer - 1993

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As crazy as it seems, the upcoming 2012 season will be the University of Minnesota's 20th year of having a women's soccer program. To pay tribute to the past 19 seasons, we will take a look back in time this summer and highlight the evolution of Gopher soccer year-by-year. The weekly updates will help us commemorate all the great moments in program history as we head into the highly-anticipated 2012 season, which kicks off August 17 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium against NCAA College Cup participant Florida State.

Our first installment of this summer-long series will take us back to where it all started, the inaugural season in 1993.

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The University of Minnesota embarked on a new era in the fall of 1993, when the Golden Gophers women's soccer team took the pitch for the first time. Head coach Sue Montagne and a youthful Gopher squad would go on to post a 13-6 record in the inaugural season and go 3-2 against future Big Ten Conference schools. (The Big Ten didn't recognize women's soccer as a conference sport until the 1994 season.)

Minnesota began its inaugural year on September 4 at Bierman Track & Field and Soccer Stadium when the Golden Gophers hosted Creighton in front of 455 spectators. Although, the Maroon & Gold lost 3-2, they built a reputation as an intense program as they surprised the Bluejays by jumping out to a 2-0 first-half lead. Freshman Jennifer Walek scored Minnesota's first goal in school history when her crossing pass from the right side was aided by the wind and floated over the head of the Creighton goalkeeper. Walek also recorded the Gophers' first assist when she contributed on senior Anne Meitz's goal late in the first half to put the Gophers up 2-0.

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The Golden Gophers' fist win came three days later when Minnesota defeated Macalester 4-1 at home. Sophomore Gretchen Brandt produced the program's first hat trick in the win. Brandt matched her efforts the following weekend at the Wisconsin-Green Bay Classic as she notched another hat trick by tallying three first half goals to assist the Gophers in defeating Northern Illinois, 4-3.

After dropping their next game to Green Bay, Minnesota would go on a five-game winning streak, including a pair of victories against future Big Ten participants Indiana and Michigan State. Walek started the streak off hot as she capped a hat trick against Valparaiso in the first of five games. The streak was snapped on October 1 in a 1-0 overtime loss to a familiar foe in Creighton. The defeat put the Gophers at 7-3 through the first 10 games of the season.

The thriving first-year program soon ran into 17th-ranked Wisconsin, who was in its 13th season of collegiate soccer, on October 8 and suffered a 5-0 setback. Despite getting shutout by the rival Badgers, Minnesota rebounded and constructed a four-game winning streak with all four opponents being shutout by the Gophers. In the first game of the streak, which was against St. Thomas, freshman Erin Hussey tallied a hat trick.

Minnesota closed out the year by dropping two of its final three contests. Walek would record her second hat trick of the season against Marquette on October 30 in the Gophers' lone win during that three-game span.

As a team, the 1993 club has the highest goals per game average in school history (3.42) along with ranking second in points with 174.

Walek was a large part of the offensive burst from the Gophers as she finished the year as the team leader in points with 53 behind 22 goals and nine assists. For her efforts, she finished tied for fifth in the country in scoring and was a second team NSCAA/UMBRO All-Central Region honoree. The forward's point and goal totals still are the most in a single season for any Gopher.

Brandt finished second on the team in scoring with 36 points behind 15 goals and six assists. She missed the national scoring chart by three points but finished 14th in the Central Region in scoring. Brandt point total also sits fourth in Minnesota history.

In goal for the Gophers for most of the year was freshman Teresa O'Hearn. O'Hearn started 13 of the team's 19 games and allowed 25 goals while recording 73 saves. O'Hearn accounted for 2.5 of Minnesota's shutouts on the year while fellow freshman keeper Jami Philip garnered 5.5 shutouts in her six starts.

Gophers making impact on Twin Cities youth

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While we try to stay abreast of all the good things our student-athletes do, there are often instances where we don't find out about it until someone calls or writes to say thanks or tell us what an impact a Gopher or group of Gophers made on someone.
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Recently-graduated Gopher defensive back Christyn Lewis is one of many Gophers making a difference in the Twin Cities community.
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Such is the case with the subject of this blog post. We recently heard from Randy Graff, who works as an Assistant Director for the St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department. Graff was so impressed with Gopher defensive backs Johnny Johnson and Christyn Lewis, who were both seniors last season, that he even dropped a note to head coach Jerry Kill singing their praises.

Johnson and Lewis have been volunteering at the Conway Recreation Center on the east side of St. Paul since January. The duo has been mentoring youth, encouraging physical fitness and serving as role models in the lives of the children who attend programs at Conway.

"The kids really looked forward to being able to spend time with Johnny and Christyn," Graff said. "It was great seeing Johnny and Christyn being positive role models to the kids and talking to them about life, school, sports and other problems they might have."

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Eleven-year-old Treshawn Taylor is one of the youngsters who was impacted by the two Gophers.

"I liked it when they talked to us about when they were growing up," Taylor said. "I liked it when they played dodgeball and basketball games with us."

Graff relayed a story about one youngster who was struggling in science at school. He said Johnny asked him to bring his homework in and told him he would personally help him with it.

"That type of role model relationship is something these kids really need," Graff said. "It's really great to have athletes at a local university giving back to our local community."

Congratulations to Johnson (who will graduate this summer) and Lewis (who graduated this spring) for their dedication to area youth.