Minnesota Qualifies for First Regional Since 2003
May 12, 2013
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Minnesota (35-17) will face Hawai'i (43-11) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT, with host No. 11 Washington (38-15) playing Portland State (25-29) at 8:00 p.m. CT.
On Saturday, game times are 3:00 p.m. CT (winner’s bracket), 5:30 p.m. CT (consolation bracket) and 8:00 p.m. CT (elimination game). Sunday, the championship game will be at 3:00 p.m. CT, and a second game will be played at 5:30 p.m. CT if necessary.
Minnesota is coming off a second-place finish at the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Lincoln, Neb. The third-seeded Gophers defeated Penn State, 4-0, and No. 14/16 Nebraska, 1-0, before falling to Wisconsin in the championship game, 9-3.
It will be the first time Minnesota has played any of the other teams this season. Minnesota owns an all-time mark of 1-1 against the Rainbow Wahine, but the schools haven't played since a 3-0 win by the Gophers at New Mexico State's Troy Cox Roadrunner Invitational on March 3, 1990. The Gophers are 0-3-1 all-time against Washington and 2-1 against Portland State.
The Gophers started this season 3-6, but they have gone 32-11 since that point in spite of the fact they played just six games this season in Minneapolis. Minnesota went 14-6 in the Big Ten to finish in third place, its best finish in the conference since a second-place finish during 1999. The Gophers also advanced to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 1999.
This season marked Minnesota's third-straight 30-plus win season under Allister. It's the first time the Gophers have accomplished that since 2004.
Minnesota last qualified for a regional during 2003, when it traveled to Tuscon, Ariz. The Gophers defeated Cal State Northridge, 3-0, before losing to Arizona, 4-0, and Boston College, 4-2. Minnesota also played host to a regional during 2002.
All session and single game tickets will be available Monday by calling (206) 543-2200. All session reserved tickets are $36 and all session general admission adult are $24.
Seattle Regional – May 17-19 at Seattle, Wash.