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About the GCU Women’s Rugby Team

The Grand Canyon University Women’s Rugby team offers a competitive program that reached several new heights over the past few years.  The GCU Women’s Rugby team has lost just three regular season matches combined throughout the 2017-2020 seasons. . Furthermore, they reached the conference championship match twice, winning the Gold Coast Conference Intercollegiate Rugby Championship in 2018, leading to a berth in the national tournament. The Lopes were in line to reach the postseason yet again in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic shortened their season. The 2020-21 regular season was reduced to just a few contests due to COVID-19, but the Lopes are excited to put their skills back to the test for the 2021-22 season.

GCU Women’s Rugby not only prepares student-athletes for their future – on and off – the field, but gives them a chance to compete for regional and national championships. The program goal is to cultivate an environment of camaraderie, hard work, fun, perseverance, teamwork, accountability and sportsmanship.

The GCU Women’s Rugby team is built around the core values of passion, commitment, determination and love of a great sport. The coaching staff firmly believes that the lessons they learned from rugby built a foundation for growth throughout their personal and professional lives. This is what drives them to create an environment for GCU athletes to experience, learn from rugby and cultivate success and high performance on and off the field.

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GCU Women’s Rugby Schedules

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Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Saturday 09/25/2021 vs Phoenix Rugby Club GCU Practice Soccer Field 11:00 AM 7-27 L
Saturday 10/02/2021 vs Arizona State University GCU Practice Soccer Field 9:00 AM W
Saturday 10/23/2021 vs University of Arizona GCU Practice Soccer Field 12:00 PM 33-17 W
Saturday 11/06/2021 vs BYU GCU Practice Soccer Field 11:00 AM L
Saturday 01/15/2022 vs Arizona State University GCU Soccer Stadium 10:00 AM 60-10 W

Women's Rugby Roster

  • Emeral Ferrell
  • Dyani Aguilar
  • Derica Tialavea
  • Kendall Evans
  • Selena Garza
  • Carmen Nichols
  • Danielle McFall
  • Alexia Ellis
  • Amberae Falemalu
  • Danielle Sileo
  • Amaya De La Cruz
  • Reina Walker
  • Claire Weisinger
  • Marya Schiltz
  • Alyssa Munoz
  • Sophie Martins
  • Alizah Yrigolla
  • Danielle Gebbie
  • Zariah Faaopega
  • Sativa Herrera

GCU Women's Rugby Coaching Staff

Lindsey Mahoney

Head Coach
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Lindsey Mahoney heads into her third season as the Lopes’ Women’s Rugby Head Coach after beginning her rugby career across town at Arizona State University in 2011. Mahoney made a name for herself as a player, graduating from ASU as one of their top rugby athletes. Mahoney was also the Sun Devils’ Women’s Rugby team’s vice president. Mahoney then took her talents and skills from the university level to a national level, joining the Stars Rugby 7s where she was coached by some of the top coaches in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Since then, she has played and coached rugby at various levels both in and outside of the country. Mahoney began her coaching career in 2012 with the Scottsdale Wolves’ youth team and continued to magnify her rugby experience all throughout Arizona. Mahoney held a captain’s role on the Tempe Women’s 7s for three seasons beginning in 2013, played for the Tempe Women’s 15s backline starting in 2015, and coached the Arizona Bobcats Select Side Women’s 7s in 2016.

Mahoney is passionate about developing the sport for girls in the United States, and upon her return from playing in Ireland over the 2018-19 season, she saw making a commitment to coaching the Grand Canyon University program as a next step. Mahoney wholeheartedly believes in the vision and goals that GCU values and is excited to help grow the rugby program based on the foundation that the university has laid out.

Christopher Bey

Assistant Coach

Christopher Bey enters his second season as assistant coach of Grand Canyon University Women’s Rugby. Bey brings to the Lopes extensive knowledge of rugby with years of experience as a player, beginning at Agua Fria High School, where Bey was captain and standout player on the school’s rugby team. Bey also played for Arizona Bobcats High School Select Rugby team for three years. Bey went on to play for Arizona State University’s 15’s and 7’s rugby teams, where he helped them earn a third-place title in the USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships in 2016. Bey currently plays for the Stars Select international traveling team and the Phoenix Rugby Club, where he has taken on yet another captain’s role.

Outside of rugby, Bey is also a real estate agent in the west valley with Realty One Group, and is an active member of the community frequently participating in charity benefit motorcycle rides for Veterans and active duty military families hosted by the Marine Riders El Mirage, AZ.