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VOLLEYBALL
The No. 3 University of Minnesota volleyball program clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title with a 3-1 win over Maryland, tonight in College Park, Md. After dropping the first set, 17-25, the Golden Gophers (23-2 overall, 17-0 in the Big Ten), rebounded to win the next three, 25-19, 25-23, 25-20

The Gophers came away with the win despite being outhit .242 to .209. Minnesota held a 56-55 kill lead, while both teams tied in digs (67). Maryland held an 11-6 lead in blocks.

The Gophers were led by Adanna Rollins who had 19 kills, followed by Stephanie Samedy with 16 (hit .361). Minnesota had five individuals with double-digit digs. Samedy and Rollins collected double-doubles when they also had 12 and 10 digs, respectively. CC McGraw had a team-best 18 digs, while Samantha Seliger-Swenson and Lauren Barnes also contributed 11. Seliger-Swenson also had a double-double when she posted 48 assists. Barnes led the team with three aces.Rollins also led the team with four blocks.

Minnesota plays Ohio State, tomorrow night to close out the weekend road stand.

WOMEN’S SOCCER
LOS ANGELES – Following a strong second half of the season, Minnesota soccer saw its 2018 season come to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a loss to No. 4-ranked UCLA. The host Bruins (16-3-1) used a three-goal first half effort to defeat the Gophers at Wallis Annenberg Stadium Friday evening, 5-0.

The Gophers end the season with a Big Ten tournament title to their name and an overall record of 12-9-2. Under Head Coach Stefanie Golan in her seventh season, this was the Gophers fourth NCAA postseason appearance as well as their second appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in the last four seasons.

UCLA struck first on the scoreboard finding the back of the net just four minutes in. Following a throw in UCLA’s Chloe Castaneda used the damp playing surface to slip it past goalkeeper Maddie Nielsen. The host Bruins continued to be in the right place at the right time as in the 28th minute the Bruins scored on a rebound eight yards out. In the 35th minute, a ball all the way through the box found a Bruin head that then skipped past Nielsen as UCLA took a 3-0 lead into the break.

The Gophers took their first shot of the game in the 51st minute as Megan Gray’s shot was just wide of the frame. Nikki Albrecht followed it up eight minutes later with a rocket shot from distance forcing the UCLA goalkeeper to hit the ground to make a diving save.

UCLA tacked on two more goals in the final 11 minutes to secure their advancement to the third round.

Nielsen recorded a career-high nine saves after facing 14 shots on goal. The back line of Emily Peterson, Nikki Albrecht, Athena Kuehn and Marisa Windingstad were able to draw UCLA offside three times.

MEN’S HOCKEY
MINNEAPOLIS – Three-point nights from Brent Gates Jr. and Rem Pitlick helped the No. 19 Gopher Hockey program rally to force overtime on Friday night, but it was St. Lawrence who scored the deciding goal to claim a 4-3 overtime victory at 3M Arena at Mariucci.

Gates and Pitlick factored into all three of Minnesota’s goals in the nonconference series opener with three assists from the senior forward (a new career high) and two assists and a goal from the junior forward. Jack Sadek and Tyler Nanne also scored goals for the Maroon & Gold.

Minnesota (2-5-1 overall, 1-1-0-0 Big Ten) rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period, but St. Lawrence’s Michael Ederer tallied the winning goal at 3:19 of the added session to claim a win for the Saints (2-8-0, 0-2-0 ECAC).

It took most of the first period for both teams to get going as the nonconference foes traded goals in the final five minutes of the opening stanza. Alex Gilmour converted on St. Lawrence’s first power-play chance of the night, scoring his first goal of the season at 15:31. Pitlick answered back for the Maroon & Gold less than two minutes later with his fourth of the year at 17:26 when he easily pushed home the equalizer.

But St. Lawrence reclaimed the lead with a two-goal showing in the second period when Carson Dimoff found the net at 13:22 and David Jankowski scored on the power play at 15:41.

It was Minnesota’s turn for a two-goal period in the third as Nanne tallied his first goal of the season at 6:21 when he deflected a centering pass for a shorthanded goal at 6:21 off assists from Gates and Pitlick. Sadek, the only active Gopher with a point against St. Lawrence entering the weekend, added his first goal of the year at 15:22 with assists again coming from Gates and Pitlick.

Mat Robson made 35 saves in net for Minnesota, taking the loss to move to 2-3-1 on the season. Emil Zetterquist improved to 1-0-0 on the year with 37 saves for the Saints.

The Gophers close out this weekend’s nonconference series against St. Lawrence on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Tickets are available at MyGopherSports.com.

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