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University of Minnesota Athletics

Catch up on all the latest news from Gopher Athletics from the past week.

SOCCER (6-5-4, 2-4-2)

Thursday | at Northwestern | 7PM | B1G+

Sunday | at Purdue | 12PM | B1G+

  • Minnesota is two points out of B1G Tournament berth with two matches to play (Standings)

VOLLEYBALL (8-8, 4-4)

Friday | vs. Rutgers | 7PM | B1G+

Sunday | vs. Michigan State | 2PM | B1G+

  • The 2003 Final Four team will be recognized as part of Alumni Day on Sunday


Friday-Saturday | at SMU | Pony Up TV

  • Competition begins at 5pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday

#1 MEN’S HOCKEY (2-0-0)

Friday | at #5 North Dakota | 7PM | Fox 9

Saturday | at #5 North Dakota | 6PM | Fox 9+

  • Minnesota leads series 150-136-16 with series splits the past two years
  • @GopherHockey: Watch Friday night’s overtime game winner


Friday | vs. Concordia-St. Paul | 5PM

  • Final game of the fall season
  • Rescheduled from last Friday


Saturday | Hosts Rocky’s Run | 10:30AM

  • Big Ten Championships set for Friday, Oct. 27 in Madison

FOOTBALL (3-3, 1-2)

Saturday | at #23/24 Iowa | 2:30PM | NBC | Game Preview

  • Next week’s home game with Michigan State will kick off at 2:30PM on BTN



22nd place at NCAA Pre-Nationals | Recap

  • Emmet Anderson led Gophers with 40th-place finish with career best time


19th Place at NCAA Pre-Nationals | Recap

  • Brianne Brewster paced Minnesota with 63rd-place finish


12th place at Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational | Recap

  • Ben Warian and Bennett Swavely tied for 19th in Minnesota’s final fall tournament


W, 6-5 (OT) vs. St. Thomas | Recap & Highlights

W, 3-0 vs. St. Thomas | Recap & Highlights

  • Jimmy Snuggerud named B1G First Star after collecting four goals and an assist

WOMEN’S HOCKEY (5-0-0, 3-0-0)

W, 8-0 vs. St. Thomas | Recap & Highlights

W, 4-0 at St. Thomas | Recap & Highlights

W, 2-1 vs. St. Cloud State | Recap & Highlights

  • Abbey Murphy named WCHA Forward of the Week after collecting five goals and an assist


W, 237-56 vs. South Dakota | Recap

  • Gophers finished first in all 14 events


W, 226-74 vs. Nebraska; W, 238-62 vs. SDSU | Recap

  • Minnesota finished first in 12 of 14 events


W, 2-0 vs. Ohio State | Recap & Highlights

L, 0-2 vs. Nebraska | Recap & Highlights

  • Megan Plaschko now ranks fourth with 26 career shutouts


at ITA Central Regional | Recap

  • Sofia Pinto and Mia Liepert reached the quarterfinals in doubles
  • Minnesota wraps up its fall schedule at Drake in early November


W, 3-0 at Michigan | Recap & Highlights

W, 3-2 vs. Northwestern | Recap & Highlights Coach Fleck met the media on Monday to preview the game in Iowa City. Watch a replay of last night’s “The P.J. Fleck Show”. Coach Motzko hosted his weekly radio show on Monday night. Wrestling will make four appearances on BTN during the 2023-24 season. Basketball’s Amaya Battle and Mallory Heyer were guests on the Golden Gopher Podcast. The latest Gold Blooded Podcast features freshmen Grace Grocholski and Ayianna Johnson. Women’s Basketball’s home game against UConn was moved to a 4pm start on November 19. Sun Country Airlines was named the official airline of Gopher Athletics. Men’s Basketball announced a pair of promotions as Josh Adel becomes assistant coach and Collin Southworth was named head video coordinator.

@MikeGrimm3: Coach Johnson and Dawson Garcia were guests on Mike Grimm’s Go Gopher Podcast. Former Gopher Erik van Rooyen has posted back-to-back top 25 finishes the past two weeks on the PGA Tour. The Minnesota Daily highlighted a pair of NIL deals benefitting Gopher student-athletes. Soccer’s Sophia Boman received the Patty Berg Legacy Award last week at the scholarship banquet. Soccer’s “Alumni Spotlight” series continues with McKenna Buisman (2018-22). The 2023-24 Men’s Hockey Media Guide is now available. Gopher Digital Productions traveled to Magnolia, Minn., as part of a special feature on Men’s Hockey captain Jaxon Nelson. Former Gopher goaltender Tim Cortes has made a name for himself as a commemorative sports artist.

Gophers in the NHL

  • 21 former Gophers were on opening night rosters
  • Logan Cooley made his NHL debut on Friday and collected a pair of assists
  • Brock Faber was featured on a recent episode of “Becoming Wild” on Bally Sports North
  • @NHL: Faber scored his first career goal for the Wild in the season opener.
  • @GopherHockey: Jackson LaCombe picked up his first career point for the Anaheim Ducks.
  • Like his father, Craig, Ryan Johnson is chasing his NHL dreams as part of the Sabres organization

Gophers in the NFL

  • @NFL: Benjamin St-Juste had a fourth-quarter interception in Washington’s win
  • @GopherFootball: Blake Cashman led Houston with 15 tackles in a win against the Saints
  • Jack Gibbens had nine tackles for Tennessee in its London game

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