The Gophers men had three all-conference finishes on the way to taking third place with 98 points at the Big Ten cross-country meet Sunday in Chicago. The Gophers women placed fourth.
Adam Zutz, a senior captain from St. Francis, took seventh and earned first-team all-Big Ten honors by clocking a personal-best 8,000-meter time of 23 minutes, 40 seconds. Aaron Bartnik (12th) and Obsa Ali (14th) earned second-team honors. Bartnik was a first-team All-Big Ten a year ago.
Michigan won the meet with 63 points, Illinois was second with 81. Purdue's Matt McClintock was medalist in 23:12.1
Liz Berkholtz (11th place) and Kaila Urick (14th) earned second-team all-conference honors for the Gophers women, whose 98 points trailed only winner Penn State (53), Michigan (58) and Michigan State (104) in the 6K race. Michigan's Erin Finn won the individual crown in 19:44.9.
U soccer ousted
The No. 6 seeded Gophers lost 4-1 to third-seeded Rutgers in the Big Ten women's soccer quarterfinals in New Brunswick, N.J. Maddie Gaffney scored three minutes into the match for the Gophers (11-6-3), who will hope for an at-large NCAA selection when pairings are announced Monday.
U volleyball tops Purdue
The fourth-ranked Gophers volleyball beat No. 17 Purdue in four sets, 25-20, 25-21, 21-25, 25-14. The Gophers improved to 19-3 overall, 11-1 in the Big Ten. The Gophers hit .238 to Purdue's .156. Daly Santana had 21 kills in 48 attempts (.312), while Hannah Tapp had 11 kills and hit .417.
NASL playoffs set
Third-seeded Minnesota United FC will play at Ottawa at 2 p.m. Sunday in the first round of the NASL playoffs, the league announced. The New York Cosmos, the top seed, will be host to Fort Lauderdale, which passed Tampa Bay for the final playoff berth with a 1-0 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday. San Antonio won the championship a year ago as the No. 2 seed.
•Bethel's 3-0 volleyball victory Saturday night over Augsburg gave the Royals the No. 2 seed and a bye in this week's MIAC tournament. Gustavus, the top seed, wil play the Concordia-St. Mary's winner Thursday, while the Royals will open play with a semifinal match against the Carleton-St. Benedict winner.
• Gustavus, via a three-team tiebreaker, won the No. 2 seed and first-round by in the MIAC women's soccer tournament, the school's first postseason tournament berth. St. Thomas is the No. 1 seed and will open play Thursday against the winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal between St. Catherine and Augsburg. The Wildcats also are in the MIAC playoffs for the first time. The Gusties will face the Concordia-Maclester winner.