The Gophers women's soccer team, which tied for the Big Ten title this week, received three major conference awards on Friday.
Simone Kolander of Lakeville was named Big Ten forward of the year, Rashida Beal of Germantown, Wis., the defender of the year and Stefanie Golan the coach of the year.
Midfielder Josee Stiever joined Kolander and Beal on the All-Big Ten first team, while goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs was named to second team and defender Maddie Gaffney to the third. Nikki Albrecht was recognized on the all-freshman team.
Kolander earns the Forward of the Year award for the second straight season. She leads the conference in points (28) and points per game (1.47) this season. She is second in the Big Ten in total goals (11).
Beal is a key member of a Minnesota defense that is second in the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (10).
Golan led the Gophers to 7-1-3 conference and 13-3-3 overall records.
Minnesota, the No. 1 seed, will play Indiana at 2 p.m. Sunday at Robbie Stadium in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
U routs Rutgers
The No. 3 Gophers volleyball team routed Rutgers 25-17, 25-14, 25-15 on Friday night in a Big Ten match at the Sports Pavilion. Paige Tapp and Sarah Williams led Minnesota (16-4, 8-3) with 11 kills apiece against the Scarlet Knights (4-20, 0-11).
Ex-Cloquet coach dies
Longtime Cloquet High School ski jumping coach Joe Nowak, 88, died on Thursday.
Nowak, who was born in Duluth, joined the Cloquet staff in 1958. He helped coached the Cloquet boys' ski teams to 14 state championships (13 during a 15-year period) when ski teams competed in three categories — Nordic, Alpine and ski jumping — and those scores were added together.
He is a member of the Minnesota Nordic Ski Coaches Hall of Fame and the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame.
U track update
PCL Construction Services and DLR Group have been selected to design and construct the University of Minnesota track and field stadium, the school announced.