University of Minnesota – Duluth

Bulldogs Volleyball Looking to Continue Success Despite Losing Two Key Starters

UMD is returning five starters and 14 total players from last year, hoping to fill the big holes of the two seniors they lost.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team is officially back on the court getting ready for the 2019 season. The Bulldogs had another successful season last year and while they only lost two players, those will be two big holes to fill. The Bulldogs are returning four of their starters and 14 total players from last year, where they won…

Northern Star: Reagan Ruffi and Brody Payton

For this week's segment, we feature two Northwestern alums and rookies on the UMD football team who are excited to go through this experience together.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team is officially one week into the 2019 season. “I am pumped to be here. I’ve been wishing away my summer to be here and I’m pretty excited,” freshman running back Reagan Ruffi said. Fall practice allows the whole team to come together and is crucial for the freshmen and newcomers to learn the…

UMD Announces Contract Extension for Head Football Coach Curt Wiese

The deal will keep him on the sidelines through the 2022–2023 season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Duluth has announced a two-year contract extension for head football coach Curt Wiese. The deal will keep him on the sidelines through the 2022–2023 season. Wiese is in his 12th year with the UMD football program and seventh as the head coach. In that time, he has led the Bulldogs to a 63–12…

UMD Women’s Soccer Picked to Finish Eighth in NSIC Preseason Coaches Poll

The Bulldogs will open their season at home on September 6th against Northern Michigan.

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The NSIC released their preseason coaches poll for women’s soccer Wednesday morning and UMD locks down the #8 spot on the list. Minnesota State-Mankato, who are ranked #25 in the country, were picked to win the conference. The Bulldogs are looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2018 that saw them win just seven matches. Among the…

Hermantown’s Peter Soumis Commits to UMD Men’s Basketball Team

The Hawks point guard averaged just over 19 points per game during his junior year last season

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Hermantown’s Peter Soumis announced on his Twitter account Monday that he has committed to playing college basketball at UMD. The Hawks point guard averaged just over 19 points per game during his junior year last season, helping Hermantown finish with a 16–10 record, including 7–3 within Section 7AAA. Two years ago as a sophomore, Soumis scored 15…

UMD Football Team Hold First Fall Practice of 2019

The Bulldogs will open their season at home on September 5th against Minot State.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team held their first official practice for the upcoming fall season Monday at Malosky Stadium. And coming off an undefeated regular season, the Bulldogs are extra hype for 2019. “It couldn’t have come sooner. We busted our butts all summer and I know the guys were itching to get our here. I was itching…

NSIC Ranks UMD Volleyball Second in Preseason Coaches Poll

The Bulldogs are tied for second in the preseason coaches poll. UMD shares the #2 spot with Concordia St.-Paul

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team is getting high praise from the NSIC. The Bulldogs are tied for second in the preseason coaches poll. UMD shares the #2 spot with Concordia St.-Paul, while Northern State comes in at the top spot. Emily Balts was named to the list of NSIC Players to Watch for the 2019 season which will…

Bulldogs Picked to Finish First in NSIC Football Preseason Poll, Larson Named Preseason Offensive POTY

Since the NSIC began divisional play back in 2008, the Bulldogs have won at least a share of all 11 North Division championships.

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The NSIC preseason football coaches poll was released Wednesday and UMD was picked to win the North Division once again. Since the NSIC began divisional play back in 2008, the Bulldogs have won at least a share of all 11 North Division championships. However, the top overall spot went to Minnesota State-Mankato, who shared the conference title…

UMD Women’s Hockey Team Hosts Summer Youth Camp

It is the first time the camp was held at Amsoil Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, some of the brightest and best youth girls hockey players will get to learn from some of the best in the game at UMD. The Bulldogs women’s hockey team held their annual summer camp at Amsoil Arena. The girls came from all over the country, including seven different states and a even few from Canada….

Pionk, Kuhlman Team Up for Bulldogs Hockey Camp

While there was a competitive nature to the camp, both Kuhlman and Pionk were excited to work with each other.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, a group of local squirt hockey players got the special opportunity to learn from not one, but two former UMD stars who both currently play in the NHL. Hermantown native Neal Pionk and Esko native Karson Kuhlman are teaming up this week for a Bulldogs hockey squirts camp. The idea for this camp was brought…

Past and Present UMD Hockey Stars Hit the Links

The annual UMD hockey alumni golf outing took place at the Ridgeview Country Club.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD hockey players from the past and present traded in their sticks and pucks for clubs and golf balls as they took part in the annual alumni golf outing at the Ridgeview Country Club. 75 former Bulldogs showed up to the event for a relaxing day on the links. For former players, it was a chance to…

Jets Sign Hermantown Native Neal Pionk to Two-Year Deal

The deal is worth three million dollars annually.

WINNIPEG, Ontario – The Winnipeg Jets announced this weekend that they have signed Hermantown native Neal Pionk to a two-year deal with an average annual value of three million dollars. The 23-year-old was acquired from the Rangers back on June 17th after scoring 26 points in 73 games in the Big Apple. The former UMD star spent two seasons with…

Bulldogs Men’s Basketball Heads to Costa Rica Ahead of 2019 Season

The UMD men's basketball team will play three games in Costa Rica next week.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team is back in Romano Gym this week, getting an early start to the season and some practices in before the team goes to play three games in Costa Rica next week. The NCAA allows college basketball programs to go on an international trip every four years, but it is still less common…

Duluth Native Rob Bordson to Continue Pro Career in Sweden

The former UMD standout is signing with Vasterviks IK.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD men’s hockey star Rob Bordson is heading overseas to continue his pro career. The Duluth native is signing with Vasterviks IK in Sweden. Bordson was supposed to play in Austria last season, but a knee injury prevented that. The 31-year-old has also played in Germany following his time at UMD. He’ll see some familiar faces…

Campers Shoot Some Hoops with Bulldogs Women’s Basketball Team

The camp focuses on the basics like dribbling and ball-handling, which are crucial to learn, especially for this age group.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the sounds of balls dribbling and sneakers squeaking returned to Romano Gym as several campers attended the annual Bulldogs Youth Camp, hosted by the UMD women’s basketball team. The four–day camp is designed for athletes from 3rd to 8th grade. It focuses on the basics like dribbling and ball-handling, which are crucial to learn, especially…

Florida Panthers Sign Former Greyhound/Bulldog Dominic Toninato

Toninato has played in 39 NHL games and scored his first NHL goal back in February.

SUNRISE, Calif. – The Florida Panthers announced Tuesday they have signed former Duluth East and UMD men’s hockey captain Dominic Toninato to a one-year, two-way contract. Toninato was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs back in 2012, but has spent most of his career in the Colorado Avalanche organization. Toninato has played in 39 NHL games and scored his…

Bulldogs Football Team Ranked 10th in First Preseason Poll

UMD will have 13 returning starters from last year's team that went undefeated tn the regular season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team is already making noise in the preseason. The Bulldogs are ranked 10th in the College Football America Yearbook Division II preseason poll. Minnesota State-Mankato was the only other team from the NSIC on the list as the Mavericks were ranked fifth. The Bulldogs will have 13 returning starters from last year’s team that…

Whitecaps, Bulldogs to Meet in Exhibition Game

The defending Isobel Cup champs will meet the Bulldogs Saturday, September 28th at 4 p.m at Amsoil Arena.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Whitecaps announced Monday that they will head back to Duluth to play a preseason game against the UMD women’s hockey team. The defending Isobel Cup champs will meet the Bulldogs Saturday, September 28th at 4 p.m at Amsoil Arena. The Whitecaps played UMD in an exhibition before they started their inaugural season last year,…

Future Bulldogs Brave the Heat for UMD Youth Football Camp

The basis of this camp was to teach kids from grades 3rd through 8th the importance of fundamentals in football.

DULUTH, Minn. – Nearly 90 degree temps would not deter campers from showing up to Malosky Stadium for UMD’s annual youth football camp. The basis of this camp was to teach kids from grades 3rd through 8th the importance of fundamentals in football. Organizers say the hope is to cultivate the next group of UMD football fans, and maybe some…

Bulldogs Football Hosts Second Week of High School Camp

This week's camp includes some local high schools, including Duluth East, Hermantown, Two Harbors, Northwestern, Superior and Ashland.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team held its second second week of high school camps, giving the Bulldogs the chance to teach and interact with kids who are in their shoes now. This week’s camp is for any 11-man high school teams who want to learn from and train with the Bulldogs. The camp is full contact, works on…

Rangers Trade Hermantown Native Neal Pionk to Jets

Neal Pionk is moving from New York to Winnipeg.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Former UMD Bulldog and Hermantown native Neal Pionk is moving north of the border. The New York Rangers announced Monday they have traded Pionk to the Winnipeg Jets. The 23-year-old was part of a package to help the Rangers acquire defenseman Jacob Trouba. In his first full season in the NHL, Pionk scored six goals…

Former Bulldog Löwenhielm to Continue Pro Career in Sweden

The 24-year-old center will join her former teammates Sidney Morin and Jessica Healey.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Michelle Löwenhielm will be continuing her pro career in her home country. Löwenhielm has signed with HV71 of the Swedish Women’s Hockey League. The center, who played on the Swedish national team, spent this past season in the NWHL with the Connecticut Whale, notching six points in 16 games. It will also be a…

Coaches Corner: Emma Stauber

For this week's segment, we hear from the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Duluth native Emma Stauber, who was recently named the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team. The former UMD women’s hockey captain talked about her new position, as well as her memories of the NWHL championship game as the Minnesota Whitecaps captured the Isobel Cup in their…

UMD Men’s Hockey Coach Scott Sandelin Signs Contract Extension

Sandelin's extension will keep him with UMD through the 2024-25 season.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey head coach Scott Sandelin agreed to a four-year contract extension, UMD Athletics announced on Friday morning. Sandelin, who completed his 19th season as the bench boss with the program’s second straight national championship, is now signed with the Bulldogs through the 2024-25 season. Sandelin has led the Bulldogs to three titles and is the winningest…

Scott Sandelin Reportedly Speaking to NHL Team

This past weekend a report came out about a potential team interested in Sandelin.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ever since winning the national championship a month and a half ago, UMD Men’s Hockey Coach Scott Sandelin has said repeatedly that he is staying in Duluth, but that he would listen to any offers from the NHL. This past weekend a report came out about a potential team interested in Sandelin. According to Pierre Lebrun of…

Former Bulldog Sidney Morin Heading Back to Sweden

Morin signed a one-year deal with HV71 after spending last season with Linkoping HC in the Swedish Hockey League.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Sidney Morin is heading back to Sweden to continue her pro career. This week, she signed a one-year deal with HV71 after spending last season with Linkoping HC in the Swedish Hockey League. She recorded 38 points in 32 games last season. Morin was part of the U.S. National Women’s hockey team that won…

Kohlwey, Reindl Set to Compete at NCAA Outdoor T&F Championships

The preliminaries will take place Friday night on the campus of Texas A&M-Kingsville.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior hurdler Danielle Kohlwey and freshman runner Haleigh Reindl will be taking part in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this week. Kohlwey will compete in the 100-meter hurdles, while Reindl qualified for the 800-meter run. Both also made the trip for the indoor championships back in March, and for Reindl it’s just another chance…

Former Wilderness Goalie Ryan Fanti Commits to UMD Men’s Hockey

The Thunder Bay, Ontario native has spent the past two seasons with the Wilderness.

DULUTH, Minn. – There is a well-known pipeline between the Minnesota Wilderness and the UMD men’s hockey team. And Tuesday, another player is making the quick trip down I–35 to join the two-time defending champs. Former Wilderness goalie Ryan Fanti announced on his Twitter account that he has committed to playing his college career with the Bulldogs. The Thunder Bay,…

UMD’s Danielle Kohlwey Named NSIC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year

Kohlwey also qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships next week.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD’s Danielle Kohlwey was named NSIC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. This past weekend, the senior defended her 100 meter hurdles and 200 meter dash title at the NSIC championships. Her NSIC record time in the hurdles allowed her to qualify for the NCAA Division II tournament for the third straight year. Kohlwey will join freshman…

UMD’s Laura Bellamy Promoted to Associate Head Coach of Women’s Hockey Team

The Duluth native has spent the past four seasons with the team.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team has promoted assistant coach Laura Bellamy to associate head coach. The Duluth native has spent the past four seasons with head coach Maura Crowell, helping the Bulldogs to a 70–60–14 record in that time. The Denfeld alum has also served as a coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team Goaltending Development Camp,…

Senior Trio, Junior Duo Named Captains on 2019 UMD Football Team

Seniors Bill Atkins, Isaac Erdmann and Tom Johnson, as well as juniors John Larson and Johnny McCormick will don the C's on their jerseys this upcoming season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team announced their team captains for the 2019 season. Seniors Bill Atkins, Isaac Erdmann and Tom Johnson, as well as juniors John Larson and Johnny McCormick will don the C’s on their jerseys this upcoming season. Atkins, Erdmann and Johnson were stellar for the Bulldogs’ top-ranked defense, with each earning All-NSIC Second Team honors….

Bulldogs’ Kohlwey Defends NSIC Outdoor Titles on Graduation Day

Danielle Kohlwey took home first in both the 100-meter hurdle and 200-meter run.

DULUTH, Minn. – Malosky Stadium hosted the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, making it the first time UMD has hosted a league track event since 2007. Senior hurdler Danielle Kohlwey walked during UMD’s commencement ceremony Saturday morning, then ran over to compete in three events. Kohlwey said the events of the whole day was an unbelievable experience….

North Dakota State Eliminates UMD Men’s Lacrosse from MCLA Tournament

The Bison knock off the Bulldogs for the second straight year.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – For the second straight year, the UMD men’s lacrosse team fell at the hands of North Dakota State as the Bison defeated the Bulldogs 17-14 in the MCLA quarterfinals. Bulldogs led 13-11 going into the fourth quarter, but the Bison dominated the final frame, outscoring UMD 6-1. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Bulldogs Softball Set to Take on Top-Seed Central Oklahoma in NCAA Tourney

The UMD softball team is aiming to string together some upsets like last season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD softball team hit the road Tuesday with a mission on their minds. The Bulldogs are heading back to the tournament with a tall task at hand as they will face Central Oklahoma, the top seed in the tourney and the number one team in the country. But remember, this team had similarly low expectations last…

Bulldogs Softball Makes Second Straight NCAA Tournament Appearance

UMD is the No. 8 seed in the central region and will play No. 1 Seed University of Central Oklahoma in the first round.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD softball team is officially in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs were knocked out of the NSIC Tournament on Friday and earned an at–large bid, they learned Monday morning during the selection show. The Bulldogs are the No. 8 seed in the central region and will play No.1 seed University of Central Oklahoma in the first…

Bulldogs Lacrosse Advance to Second Round of MCLA Tourney

The UMD men's lacrosse team picked up a win in the first round.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A 5-0 start to the game sealed the deal for the UMD men’s lacrosse team as they knocked off Bridgewater State 15-7 in the first round of the MCLA DII tournament. Marcus Olson led the Bulldogs with four goals while Jared Johnson and Scott McNamara each chipped in with two goals. Blake Nastrom was solid…

Bulldogs Sweep Beavers to End Regular Season

UMD ends the season 16-33, 12-24 in NSIC play.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD baseball team ended the regular season in a big way, sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader 12-2 and 4-3. The Bulldogs took three of four from the Beavers in the weekend series. In game one, the Bulldogs scored early and often to get in front and seal the win. McCale Peterson went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI while Eric…

UMD Lacrosse Aims to Bring Home First Ever National Title

The Bulldogs will open the tourney Monday against Bridgewater State.

DULUTH, Minn. – One team that has flown under the radar this spring is the UMD men’s lacrosse team. The Bulldogs captured their first conference title since 2015 and their 19th in the past 24 years. But if you wanted to chat with them before they leave for the Division II national tournament, you’ll have to be up very early….

NSIC Tournament Run Ends for UMD Softball

The Bulldogs were ousted by 6th-ranked Winona State.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The UMD softball team made to the second day of the NSIC tournament. After picking up a win over Southwest Minnesota State, the Bulldogs needed a win against sixth-ranked Winona State. But the Warriors took care of business as they eliminated the Bulldogs 8-1, thanks to a six-run fifth inning. Sammi Sadler scored the lone run for…

Bulldogs Softball Travel to Rochester for NSIC Tournament

UMD will take on Concordia-St. Paul in the first round of the NSIC tournament.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD softball team finished their season on a high note. But now it’s time to carry over that positive momentum into the NSIC tournament. The Bulldogs will face a familiar opponent in Concordia-St. Paul in the first round. UMD swept the Golden Bears back in February, then split with them earlier this month. “Great hitters, They…

UMD’s Peter Krieger Signs with Swedish Hockey Team

Krieger wrapped up his career at UMD with 54 points in 85 games.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD outgoing senior Peter Krieger has signed with Vasterviks IK, a Swedish hockey club that plays in the Tier II league Hockey Allsvenkan. The 25-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Bulldogs after transferring from Alaska Fairbanks and in that time helped UMD win back-to-back national titles. Krieger wrapped up his career at UMD with 54…

UMD Defensemen Dylan Samberg to Return For Junior Season

The Hermantown scored seven goals and recorded 12 assists during his sophomore season.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD defenseman Dylan Samberg has informed the Winnipeg Jets that he will not be joining the team next season and will return to UMD for his junior year. The Hermantown native has won four consecutive championships, two state titles with the Hawks and two national titles with Bulldogs. The 20 year old scored seven goals and recorded…

Bulldogs Lacrosse Wins Conference Championship

UMD earned the No. 1 seed in the MCLA national championship.

CROWN POINT, Ind. – The UMD lacrosse team defeated rival St. Thomas 8–5 Sunday afternoon to win the 2019 Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference Championship. The Bulldogs went into the tournament as the top seed and earned a first round bye. They defeated North Dakota State 16–10 in Saturday’s semifinals to advance to Sunday’s championship. The win gives the Bulldogs, who have…

Bren’s Walkoff Home Run Gives Bulldogs Sweep of Cougars on Senior Night

UMD set the single-season program record for NSIC wins with 22 after sweeping Sioux Falls on Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn. – In UMD’s final games of the regular season, the Bulldogs set the single-season program record for NSIC wins as they got the 8-6 and 10-5 wins to sweep Sioux Falls. The Bulldogs finished with 22 NSIC wins. In the first game, the Bulldogs trailed 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh. Taylor Koehnen drove in a run…

Thomas Hits Walk-Off to Give Bulldogs Softball Split With Mustangs

Jordyn Thomas hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to give UMD a series split.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their first games at Junction Avenue Field in 732 days, the UMD softball team split their doubleheader against Southwest Minnesota State, dropping the first game 3-1, while coming back to win the second game 3-2 in extras. In the first game, Sam Pedersen allowed three runs on seven hits during the seven innings while striking out…

UMD’s Hunter Shepard Will Return for Senior Season

The NCHC Goalie of the Year was among the best in the entire country this past season.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey fans have been waiting on pins and needles for the past two weeks, hoping to find out which players will be sticking around next season. Wednesday they found out one of their key pieces will be returning. Goalie Hunter Shepard has confirmed that he is coming back for his senior year next season. The…

Duluth Native Emma Stauber Named New Head Coach of Mirage Hockey Team

The former Mirage star and UMD defenseman spent this past season helping the Minnesota Whitecaps win the NWHL's Isobel Cup.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth native Emma Stauber has been named the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team. The former Mirage star and UMD defenseman spent this past season helping the Minnesota Whitecaps win the NWHL’s Isobel Cup in their inaugural season. She also spent time playing pro hockey in Sweden. The 26-year-old takes over for Glen Gilderman…

UMD’s Mikey Anderson Signs Entry-Level Contract With Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings selected Anderson in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

DULUTH, Minn. – Another Bulldog is leaving early and taking his talents to the NHL. Sophomore defenseman Mikey Anderson signed a three–year entry level contract to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday afternoon. The Kings selected Anderson in the fourth round, 103rd overall, in the 2017 NHL draft. During his sophomore year, Anderson finished with six goals and 21 assists. He…

UMD’s Parker Mackay Signs With Texas Stars

Mackay will begin his journey in the pros in the American Hockey League.

DULUTH, Minn. – He was the UMD men’s hockey team captain as they won their second straight national title. He was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Midwest Regional and the Frozen Four. And now Parker Mackay is taking his talents to the pros. According to a source close to the team, Mackay will be signing with the Texas…

College Baseball: Bulldogs, Saints Sweep Doubleheaders

Minnesota Duluth scored 18 total runs in its doubleheader sweep while St. Scholastica scored 20 runs to sweep Minnesota Morris.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth baseball team continued to pour it on against the University of Mary as the Bulldogs got the 12-5 and 6-4 wins on Saturday to sweep the four-game weekend series. In the first game, the Bulldogs used a four-run second inning to take the lead and never looked back. Henry George and Reid Rubio each…