Minnesota played through tough conditions on Friday and Saturday. High winds and tough conditions forced the final round of the Louisville Ladies Fall Invitational to be cancelled. Through the weather, the Gophers finished eighth out of 13 teams with an overall score of 47 over par at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Friday and Saturday.
Sophomore Thomas Longbella and the Gophers men’s golf team saved their best event for the last in the fall season. The Gophers had their best finish of the fall as a team coming in third out of 13 teams with a score of four under, as they competed in the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas, Texas on Monday and Tuesday. They played three rounds and in a different format, the golfers from each team played with each other.
Playing two goaltenders is a problem head coach Brad Frost is fine having. Redshirt senior Sidney Peters and freshman Alex Gulstene have both seen quality ice time this season as the Gophers are 5-2-1 on the season and starting to get hot after sweeps of Bemidji and Duluth on the road. Peters has played in four games this season and won three, while Gulstene has played in five games and holds a record of 2-1-1. Peters has a save percentage of .909, while Gulstene holds a percentage of .915.
It took less than an hour for Stefan Milicevic to complete the sweep for the Gophers men’s tennis program in the International Tennis Association Central Regional. Milicevic, along with the senior doubles duo of Felix Corwin and Matic Spec, took home the singles and doubles championships in the central regional at the Gophers' home court — Baseline Tennis Center. The three players will move on to compete in the ITA Oracle Nationals, which start Nov. 1.
The No. 7 Gophers stole six points this weekend in Duluth after sweeping the No. 8 Bulldogs and increasing their winning streak to four games.
A storied rivalry will be renewed for the 20th season this coming weekend when two programs that have combined for 12 national championships meet in Duluth. The No. 7 Gophers travel north to take on the No. 8 University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. Since 1997, when they first began their programs, the Gophers have 600 program wins, while Duluth has 423. Both teams come into the series having suffered losses. Minnesota comes in with record of 3-2-1, while Duluth comes into the game with a record of 2-4-0.
Jackson Allen, a Shakopee, Minnesota native, has seen his dreams come true since arriving at the University of Minnesota. Allen ranked 19th best in his recruiting class before coming to Minnesota and 31st in the United States Tennis Association 18-and-under rankings. Allen earned all-conference accolades five times and won the 2016 Minnesota class 2A championship in 2016. He also earned a scholarship from the Gophers for his efforts.
Captain and senior Sydney Baldwin sent the Gophers home happy after her overtime goal gave Minnesota the sweep against the Beavers. The Gophers traveled north to face WCHA foe Bemidji State in a two-game series at the Sanford Center. Friday night, the Gophers beat the Beavers 3-1 and followed up with an overtime win Saturday night: marking their 600th win as a program.
The words “dangerous feeling” were used by assistant coach Justin Smith to describe Gophers junior Peter Jones’ attitude. Jones added another top-10 to his resume this year at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at Meadow Club in Fairfax, California, which was his second top-10 finish in as many tournaments. Jones shot seven under, which was eight shots off the lead and five off of the top five. The Gophers finished 11th as a team in a field that had five teams in the Golfweek’s top 50.
Sophomore Alex Woken suffered a season-ending knee injury last year, her first year at Minnesota. Through the first four games in this season, the sophomore has emerged as an offensive contributor on the team. She scored her first goal of the year against Ohio State this past weekend and has recorded 16 shots on net, which places her third on the team. Head coach Brad Frost is excited to see what’s in store for Woken.