The Grand Canyon University women’s lacrosse program was unanimously voted to be a part of the Division I South Conference by Western Women’s Lacrosse League (WWLL) for the 2018 spring season after competing in DII for the past three seasons. The WWLL is one of many leagues nationwide that competes under the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (WCLA). The lacrosse club program offers students the opportunity to experience collegiate student-athlete life while still allowing them the time they need to fully focus on their academic journey.
The women’s lacrosse team has a fall ball season along with a regular spring season. The team travels to California and Nevada to participate in several tournaments open to colleges across the nation. In the 2016 season, the women’s team traveled to North Carolina to compete for the national title and took home the WWLL D2 Championship. The Lopes reached the WCLA Division 2 national semifinals in the past two seasons. They finished in fourth place in 2016 and took third place in 2017.
GCU women’s lacrosse looks to keep building a stronger program with the goal of having two highly competitive teams participating in the WWLL. For those looking to play lacrosse in college without the concern of academic conflicts, this team could be the perfect fit!
|Saturday||02/04/2017||at||Stanford||Palo Alto, CA||N/A||9-7 W|
|Sunday||02/05/2017||at||San Jose State||San Jose, CA||10 am||18-1 W|
|Saturday||03/11/2017||at||Nevada||Desert Lacrosse Tournament||N/A||14-11 W|
|Saturday||03/11/2017||vs||Cal State San Marcos||Desert Lacrosse Tournament||N/A||15-5 W|
|Sunday||03/12/2017||vs||Concordia||Desert Lacrosse Tournament||N/A||10-6 W|
|Sunday||03/12/2017||vs||Northern Arizona||Desert Lacrosse Tournament||N/A||12-4 W|
|Saturday||03/18/2017||at||Cal State Fullerton||Fullerton, CA||N/A||17-0 W|
|Sunday||03/19/2017||at||Long Beach State||Long Beach, CA||N/A||21-8 W|
|Sunday||04/09/2017||vs||UC Irvine||GCU||7 pm||24-2 W|
|Saturday||04/22/2017||at||Nevada (WWLL semifinal)||Morgan Hill, CA||2 pm||18-6 W|
|Sunday||04/23/2017||at||Concordia (WWLL championship)||Morgan Hill, CA||2:30 pm||12-9 W|
|Thursday||05/11/2017||at||Providence (WCLA pool)||Salt Lake City, UT||10 am||11-10 W|
|Thursday||05/11/2017||at||Utah State (WCLA pool)||Salt Lake City, UT||1:30 pm||11-9 W|
|Friday||05/12/2017||at||Loyola Maryland (WCLA semifinal)||Salt Lake City, UT||3 pm||12-8 L|
|Saturday||05/13/2017||at||St. Thomas (WCLA third place)||Salt Lake City, UT||11 am||13-6 W|
Tracy Gallihugh is entering her second year as Grand Canyon University’s women’s lacrosse head coach after guiding her first Lopes team to a national semifinal finish. The decorated veteran player is a graduate of Alma College, an NCAA Division III member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), with a degree in integrative physiology, health science and psychology.
Coach Gallihugh spent the 2016 season as assistant coach for Horizon High School (Arizona). While at Horizon, she was responsible for coaching offense, conditioning and player development. She also worked as a U15 coach for the East Valley Girls Lacrosse travel team. In 2013, she coached in the Grand Rapids fall league, where she developed high school athletes. She went on to serve as an assistant to the strength and conditioning staff at Alma College and has worked in the Phoenix area providing design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs as a master trainer.
Coach Gallihugh earned many accolades and honors as a four-year starter at center midfield for Alma. In 2014, she led all NCAA Division III scorers with 89 goals in 19 games. She currently holds four MIAA all-time conference records including most goals and points in a game and most goals and points in a season. She received multiple MIAA offensive and defensive Player of the Week awards. Coach Gallihugh was selected 1st Team All-Conference twice and 2nd Team All-Conference once. She was nominated for Alma Female Athlete of the Year twice and finished her college career ranked 6th in career goals in Division III (2015).
Coach Gallihugh’s goal is to build a powerhouse program that supports player growth, perseverance and excellence both on and off the field.
Emily Reverman is her second season as a GCU women’s lacrosse assistant coach. She is a graduate of Alma College, with a degree in elementary education. She played all four of her college years on the Alma College women’s lacrosse team, competing in the MIAA Division III. During her college career, she made the First Team All-Conference twice and Second Team All-Conference once, as well as being named Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week and receiving several team awards. Coach Reverman started and played in every game of her college career (67).
Coach Reverman started her coaching career while still in school by coaching off-season high school lacrosse, including Champion Lacrosse and Rapid Lax. Through Emily’s eight years of playing competitive lacrosse, three years of being team captain and her high school coaching experience, she has become a respected defensive specialist. She is working hard with the Lopes to form an unstoppable defense by implementing several different defensive styles along with some phenomenal defensive plays.
In addition to coaching, Coach Reverman is a sixth grade math teacher at Gateway School in Phoenix.
Trey Whistle is entering his fourth season as a women’s lacrosse coach. Coach Whistle is no stranger to the GCU campus. This will be his eighth year involved with lacrosse, including three years of NCAA experience.
Coach Whistle was a Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association All-American in 2012 for the fifth-ranked Lopes. In 2012, he served as an assistant coach for the men’s team, which finished 12th in the Nike MCLA national poll. Coach Whistle was named the first head coach of the Grand Canyon University women’s lacrosse team. Under Whistle, the Lopes competed as a provisional member in the WWLL before earning full membership.