Senior forward Travis Boyd, arguably the Gophers' most consistent skater this season, signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

The contract goes into effect for the 2015-16 season, but Boyd will join the Capitals' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, this week on a tryout contract.

Boyd compiled a career-best 41 points and 19 goals in just 32 games this season, more than doubling his previous single-season goal total. Despite missing seven games because of a lower-body injury, he was the team's second leading goal-scorer and led the nation with a .288 shooting percentage. His 10 power-play goals ranked second in the country.

Boyd was drafted by the Capitals in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2011 draft. He's the third member of the senior class, joining forwards Seth Ambroz and Kyle Rau, to sign a pro contract.


Tapp on Team USA

USA Volleyball selected Gophers middle blocker Paige Tapp as one of 12-players to compete at the 2015 World University Games. Lakeville North graduate Laura Larson, a junior at Arizona, also made the team.

Team USA will compete in Gwangju, South Korea, July 2-12.

Tapp was an all-Big Ten selection as a sophomore last fall who averaged 1.55 blocks per set and had 171 total blocks. She finished the regular season as the nation's third-best blocker.

Swarm trades Schuss

The Minnesota Swarm traded Logan Schuss to Vancouver for Johnny Powless in an exchange of forwards.

"Due to Logan's job situation in Vancouver, this season has been difficult for him to make team practices and games," Swarm owner and governor John Arlotta said. "This move is beneficial for both parties. We're really excited to add Johnny to our team. He's a young talent that will fit in extremely well with our offense."

Powless has seven goals and 32 assists in 11 games with the Stealth this season. Schuss has 14 goals and 19 assists in nine games with the Swarm.

He was the NLL Rookie of the Year last season.


• The Gophers baseball team edged visiting St. John's 9-8 after Connor Schaefbauer doubled with two outs in the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run on Matt Fiedler's single.

• The Gophers women's golf team tied for 11th at the Intercollegiate tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., with a score of 898. The Gophers' top individual was senior Anna Laorr, who shot three rounds of 73 for a 3-over 219, tying her for 22nd.

•Registration fees for the Twin Cities Marathon will rise Thursday from $130 to $140 until the 12,000 runner field is full. The race is set for Sunday, Oct. 4. Registration is available at