The Grand Canyon University Women’s Lacrosse program has continued to blaze a trail for other teams to follow in each of their five years. After competing successfully for three seasons at the Division II level, the Lopes were unanimously voted to be a part of the Division I South Conference in the Western Women’s Lacrosse League (WWLL) for 2018. The WWLL is one of many leagues nationwide that competes under the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (WCLA). GCU Women’s Lacrosse 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 GCU Women’s Lacrosse team plays preseason games throughout the fall to prepare for a full regular season schedule in the spring. The team travels to California and other parts of Arizona to participate in several tournaments open to colleges across the nation. The Lopes have completed their first two seasons on the DI level, and are seeking their first DI playoff spot in 2020. The Lopes also took home the WWLL DII Championship in 2016, and reached the WCLA Division II national semifinals in both 2016 and 2017. The Lopes look to build on their past success as they begin their third season at the Division I level.
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Tracy Gallihugh is entering her fourth year as Grand Canyon University’s women’s lacrosse head coach. Gallihugh took the reins of the program in 2017 and promptly led her first Lopes‘ team to a national semifinal finish. The decorated veteran player is a graduate of NCAA Division III school Alma College with a degree in integrative physiology, health science and psychology.
Gallihugh came to GCU after spending the 2016 season as an assistant coach for Horizon High School in Scottsdale. While at HHS, she was responsible for coaching offense, conditioning and player development. She also worked at the club level 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. Gallihugh served as an assistant to the strength and conditioning staff at Alma College, and has also implemented strength and conditioning programs as a master trainer.
Gallihugh earned many accolades and honors as a four-year starter as a center midfielder for Alma during her playing days. In 2014, she led all NCAA Division III scorers with 89 goals in 19 games, and currently holds four Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association all-time conference records, including most goals and points in a game, and most goals and points in a season. Gallihugh was selected 1st team all-conference twice along with one 2nd team all-conference selection. She was nominated for Alma Female Athlete of the Year twice, and finished her college career ranked sixth in career goals for Division III.