Minnesota’s regular season ended with splits on both sides. The Gophers men’s team pulled off a win Sunday against Indiana 4-3 after a close loss against Purdue 4-3 Friday.
Junior Caroline Ryba has demonstrated her high-scoring abilities.on the tennis court and in the classroom. Ryba, achemical engineering major, maintains one of the highest grade point averages on the entire tennis and dominates the No. 1 spot on the court. “There have been tough times,” Ryba said.
Minnesota has another departure this offseason – this time it comes from behind the bench. The Gophers’ assistant coach and former captain, Grant Potulny, left Minnesota to become the head coach at Northern Michigan University Tuesday.
The women’s team had a successful showing over the weekend for the Gophers, especially for their head coach. Minnesota had two decisive victories this weekend over Purdue 6-1 Friday and Indiana 5-2 Sunday. “We played hard,” said head coach Chuck Merzbacher.
No matter the sport, no matter the setting, competitiveness is in his blood. One of Minnesota’s newest golfers, freshman Thomas Longbella is a competitive player for many reasons. “It was always a goal of mine to beat [my older brother] — to be better than him,” Longbella said.
Minnesota took a trip east this weekend, and they made it worthwhile. The Gophers shot an 869, and finished fourth out of 14 teams at the Princeton Invitational in Princeton, New Jersey this weekend. After the first two rounds on Saturday, the Gophers held first place overall.
Though the season ended nearly two weeks ago, Minnesota found its first early men’s hockey departure. Defenseman Ryan Collins signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL Wednesday and will forgo his senior year with the Gophers and his remaining NCAA eligibility.
Minnesota’s season ended earlier than anticipated — but now three Gophers players will pursue lifelong dreams sooner. So far, seniors Vinni Lettieri, Jake Bischoff and Justin Kloos have signed with National Hockey League teams since the Gophers’ defeat Saturday. Each of these players will join other Minnesota alumni at their NHL destinations.
The soft-spoken alternate captain took the first step to his future hockey career. Senior Jake Bischoff signed with the team that drafted him, the NHL’s New York Islanders, Tuesday. “I wouldn’t trade the last four years for anything, and I want to thank everyone for supporting us. This will always be a special place for me, and I’m incredibly grateful for everything the University of Minnesota has given me,” Bischoff said in a statement. “At the same time, I’m excited take the next step in my career by joining the New York Islanders organization.”
Monday marked the first day a departing Minnesota player made it official. Senior Vinni Lettieri inked his first NHL contract Monday with the New York Rangers. “Being a Gopher is something I will be proud of for the rest of my life, and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to play here at the University of Minnesota,” Lettieri said in a statement. “It’s bittersweet to be moving on from a place you love so much, but this has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, and I’m thrilled to be signing with the Rangers organization.”