Sports en Second group gets chance to prove itself By: <a href="/users/mgreensteinmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Matt Greenstein</a><br/><p>The Gophers will showcase their younger racers this weekend at Jack&rsquo;s Twilight Run.</p> <p>In preparation for the Big Ten championships in early November, Minnesota&rsquo;s top runners will be resting, but head coach Sarah Hopkins said she expects younger team members to compete at a high level.</p> <p>&ldquo;We do have a really young group, and I think with a young group comes that desire to really prove yourself,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I think that&rsquo;ll add a little fuel to the fire.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cross Country Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:07:44 +0000 88654 at Laguna and Laorr step up for Gophers By: <a href="/users/bhelfandmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Betsy Helfand</a><br/><p>The Gophers&rsquo; freshman class dominated the team&rsquo;s starting lineup in its last tournament, taking three of five spots.</p> <p>Early on, the freshman trio has made an immediate impact on the course.</p> <p>But it was two of the team&rsquo;s seniors who led in the third tournament of the season.</p> <p>Carmen Laguna and Anna Laorr competed in all 11 tournaments as juniors last season and led the team on the course.</p> <p>Laguna averaged 74.2 strokes per round and Laorr was at 75.3, tops on the team last season.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Women's Golf Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:05:55 +0000 88653 at Freshman McHugh makes early impact By: <a href="/users/skraemermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Sam Kraemer</a><br/><p>Kelly Kremer knew he had secured one of the top swimmers in the nation when Conner McHugh committed to the University of Minnesota.</p> <p>The Gophers head coach kept up with McHugh&rsquo;s times and progress throughout his high school years, making his decision to recruit him that much&nbsp;easier.</p> <p>&ldquo;Swimming is somewhat of an objective sport, so it&rsquo;s easy to see what people are developing,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;When it was time for us to recruit him, we were ready.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Swimming & Diving Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:04:14 +0000 88652 at Gophers fall in five sets at home to No. 14 Nebraska By: <a href="/users/rtimmermanmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Rachel Timmerman</a><br/><p class="Body">Coming off two losses to Wisconsin last week, the Gophers returned home Wednesday to take on No. 14 Nebraska.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="Body">Minnesota took the Huskers to five sets, winning the first two, but was unable to finish the match. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="Body">The Gophers started off strong by taking the first set away from the Huskers. They repeated that in the second set, pulling ahead early and winning it by nine points.<o:p></o:p></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Volleyball Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:02:39 +0000 88651 at Student-athletes embrace volunteering By: <a href="/users/skraemermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Sam Kraemer</a><br/><p>Free time can be hard to come by for student-athletes between hours of practice and games on top of academic commitments.</p> <p>But for some, dedicating free time to volunteer work serves a significant role in their experience at the University of Minnesota.</p> <p>More than 320 of the school&rsquo;s roughly 750 student-athletes volunteered for more than 10 hours with Maroon and Gold Impacting the Community, or M.A.G.I.C., last year.</p> <p>Volunteers from the program participated in 278 events between April 2013 and April 2014, logging nearly 15,000 total hours of volunteering.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:01:01 +0000 88650 at Gophers get first look at new Big Ten teams By: <a href="/users/bgotzmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ben Gotz</a><br/><p>With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten this season, the Gophers knew they would get to face two new opponents.</p> <p>Conveniently for them, they&rsquo;ll be introduced to both teams in the same weekend.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s awesome to have them in the Big Ten,&rdquo; associate head coach Krystle Seidel said. &ldquo;It just makes us better to have to play quality opponents over and over. And these two are definitely quality.&rdquo;</p> <p>Although they come from the East Coast, it hasn&rsquo;t taken the two programs long to adjust to Big Ten soccer.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Soccer Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:59:08 +0000 88649 at Gophers host top-10 North Dakota By: <a href="/users/gdonaldmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Grant Donald</a><br/><div> <p>The last time North Dakota played at Ridder Arena, it snapped the Gophers&rsquo; record-breaking 62-game winning streak.</p> <p>Since that day, Minnesota has posted a 30-1-2 record, with its only loss coming in last year&rsquo;s national championship game.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think our team after [the North Dakota] loss last year played a lot more free,&rdquo; head coach Brad Frost said. &ldquo;The weight of the streak wasn&rsquo;t in the back of their minds and that [they&rsquo;ve] got to win every game.&rdquo;</p> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Women's Hockey Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:57:04 +0000 88648 at Early schedule has Minnesotan flavor By: <a href="/users/bgotzmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Ben Gotz</a><br/><p>After traveling to Indiana for their opening games of the season, the Gophers will be staying in their home state for a while.</p> <p>Minnesota will play three in-state rivals &mdash; Bemidji State, St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth &mdash; in the next month.</p> <p>The teams faced each other often in the WCHA conference. Despite the Gophers&rsquo; shift into the Big Ten before last season, the rivalries have remained.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Men's Hockey Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:54:55 +0000 88647 at Wide receiver a position of opportunity for Gophers By: <a href="/users/gdonaldmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Grant Donald</a><br/><p>Wide receiver KJ Maye was willing to do everything he could to find the end zone in the Gophers&rsquo; 39-38 victory over Purdue on Saturday &mdash; even if it meant jumping over defenders in the process.</p> <p>Part of the reason Maye so desperately wanted to reach the end zone is that he never knows when his next opportunity to do so might be.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s tough &mdash; you know sometimes we go games without even a catch,&rdquo; Maye said.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:53:16 +0000 88646 at Big Ten boasts talented running backs By: <a href="/users/jsatzingermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jack Satzinger</a><br/><p>When Georgia running back Todd Gurley was suspended indefinitely earlier this month for allegedly violating NCAA rules, it opened up the race for the Heisman Trophy.</p> <p>Gurley, who has rushed for 773 yards over five games this season, was a front-runner for the award.</p> <p>But Gurley&rsquo;s suspension has also given relevance to the Big Ten, a conference that has had a hard time gaining respect this season with once prominent programs like Michigan and Penn State struggling.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:50:54 +0000 88645 at