Megan Ryan | Star Tribune
Reporter | College sports

Megan Ryan is a sports reporter at the Star Tribune covering college sports.

Ryan covered the Minnesota United FC during its first two years of existence. She previously spent two years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covering Penn State football, Robert Morris basketball and high school sports. A Minnesota native and Minneapolis resident, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a major in journalism and minors in management and global studies. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Texas (covering the real Friday Night Lights for the Dallas Morning News) and New York (as a sports copy editor for a summer through the Dow Jones News Fund).

Novak points Gophers to sudden power-play success

Coach Bob Motzko ignited the Gophers' recent power-play success by moving senior Tommy Novak to the blue line.

Sheehy's big game gives Gophers hockey a split with Michigan

Senior captain Tyler Sheehy was in the mix for every goal, scoring one and assisting three to give him points in 17 of the past 18 games.

Little to like in Gophers' loss to Michigan to open weekend series

The Wolverines scored twice in the second period, and outshot the Gophers 45-26 on Friday night.

Gophers' Brinkman thriving after skipping senior year at Edina

Defenseman Ben Brinkman's size and calm nerves have smoothed the transition. Coach Bob Motzko said he has "far exceeded" expectations.

Crazy third period ends with Gophers hockey beating Wisconsin 9-4

The Gophers and Badgers combined for nine goals in the final 20 minutes of action, but the Gophers never relinquished their lead Friday at 3M Arena at Mariucci

Gophers looking at switching to smaller ice sheet - eventually

Varying sizes of ice sheets around college hockey venues have the Gophers adjusting as they travel and when they get home.

Olympic gold medalist Pannek has unfinished business as a Gopher

Kelly Pannek, now a senior, will lead the No. 2 Gophers women's hockey team in a showdown against No. 1 Wisconsin this weekend, with a potential regular-season WCHA title on the line.

No. 4 Iowa wrestlers beat No. 7 Gophers in front of sold-out crowd

Iowa sophomore Austin DeSanto bounced on the mat, waving his arms up and down before putting his hands to his ear to encourage the Maturi Pavilion crowd's boos.

Winger Gates keeps even keel amid Gophers' hockey struggles

Brent Gates Jr., whose father played major league baseball, is candid about his struggling team early in the year while doing his best to lead by example.

Life after the 'C.' Staal, others can thrive without being team captain

When former captains, such as the Wild's Eric Staal, come into their new team's locker room, they have to recalibrate from being the main voice to becoming part of the ensemble.