Betsy Helfand


Gophers host Augsburg midweek

Minnesota’s baseball team struggled Sunday afternoon. It lost two games and was outscored 20-0 in those two contests. But with the addition of a game Wednesday, the Gophers will have a chance to put those losses behind them before their next Big Ten series. Minnesota was scheduled to play a midweek game against North Dakota State on Tuesday, but it was postponed because of weather. The Gophers picked up a Wednesday game against Augsburg after the game was cancelled.

The price to play

Arguably the best women’s goaltender in the world announced her conditional retirement Feb. 15, shortly after her Finnish women’s hockey team fell out of Olympic medal contention. Former University of Minnesota netminder Noora Räty is 24, and possibly hasn’t even hit her prime. But with no North American professional league that pays, Räty posted a letter on Twitter announcing that she would hang up her skates for good if she couldn’t find a competitive league to play in.

Gophers lose two of three to Spartans

The good news for the Gophers baseball team is that it was able to play all three of its games against Michigan State over the weekend. The bad news is what happened in two of those three games. Minnesota won the first game of the series but followed up with a Sunday doubleheader in which it was outscored 20-0. The Gophers lost 15-0 in the first game, then 5-0 in the second game, which ended after eight innings due to Michigan State’s travel schedule.

Gophers hope to play first home series

After 20 consecutive road games, the Gophers baseball team is finally home. Minnesota is fresh off its longest road trip of the year and will welcome the chance to play at Siebert Field this weekend — if it gets the chance. “We’ve been in every time zone, but we’re glad to be home, and we hope we can play here this weekend,” head coach John Anderson said.

Minnesota postpones first game of the year

The Gophers baseball team will postpone its first home game of the year because of weather issues, the team announced Monday. Minnesota was originally scheduled to play St. John’s at Siebert Field on Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. The Gophers’ game against St. John’s last season was also postponed. Minnesota is scheduled to play Michigan State this weekend, but that series, too, might also face postponement. The Gophers didn’t play last year’s series against Michigan State because of a snowstorm in April.

Gophers take two of three against Northwestern

Minnesota won four of five games in California over spring break before trekking back to the Midwest for a Big Ten series with Northwestern. The Gophers scored 34 runs in their four victories in the Golden State and followed that success with a big series victory over the Wildcats in their first Big Ten series of the season. Minnesota took two of three games against Northwestern to kick off its conference season on a high note.

Gophers miss three-peat with loss in NCAA final

HAMDEN, Conn. — Gophers sophomore defenseman Milica McMillen took a knee alone on the ice after the final buzzer sounded. She barely moved. She just watched the Clarkson players celebrate. Minnesota’s women’s hockey team fell just short of its third consecutive national championship Sunday, losing 5-4 to Clarkson at the TD Bank Sports Center. For the past two years, the Gophers have experienced the pinnacle of success. Now, after the loss, they’ve experienced the agony of defeat.

Gophers beat Badgers, advance to championship game

HAMDEN, Conn. — The Gophers beat Wisconsin four times during the regular season season. And on Friday night, with a trip to the national championship on the line, they did it once more. Minnesota beat the Badgers 5-3 in the Frozen Four semifinals in Hamden, Conn., to advance to the title game for the third year in a row.   The Gophers have won back-to-back national championship and will go for a three-peat Sunday against the winner of the Mercyhurst/Clarkson matchup.

Gophers advance to Frozen Four

This Saturday’s NCAA quarterfinal matchup with Boston University was a win-or-go-home situation for Minnesota. It seemed like going home wasn’t an option for Gophers senior forward Kelly Terry. Terry extended her collegiate career for at least another game with a hat trick in Minnesota’s 5-1 win over Boston University. 

Minnesota embarks on long road trip

Since the season began nearly a month ago, the Gophers baseball team has been on the go nonstop. A typical week has Minnesota playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday, before arriving back in the Twin Cities during the early hours of Monday morning. Then the team practices Tuesday and Wednesday and heads back on the road Thursday. If that’s not enough, players have class and schoolwork to manage.