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About the GCU Women’s Rugby Team

The Grand Canyon University Women’s Rugby team offers a competitive program that has reached new levels of success each of the last two years.  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. Our 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.  The GCU Women’s Rugby team has lost just one regular season match in the last two seasons combined.  Furthermore, they’ve reached the conference championship match in each of those years, winning the Gold Coast Conference Intercollegiate Rugby Championship in 2018, leading to a berth in the national tournament.

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GCU Women’s Rugby Schedules

Showing 2018-2019

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Saturday 01/19/2019 at University of Arizona Tucson 12:00 PM 68-0 W
Sunday 01/27/2019 at UCLA Los Angeles, CA 9:00 AM 36-12 W
Saturday 02/02/2019 vs Arizona State University Grand Canyon University (GCU Stadium) 1:00 PM 51-12 W
Saturday 02/16/2019 vs University of California, Santa Barbara GCU Stadium 11:00 AM 29-32 L
Sunday 02/24/2019 vs California State University, Northridge GCU Practice Soccer Field 10:00 AM 39-38 W
Saturday 03/09/2019 at University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA 12:00 PM 53-7 W
Saturday 04/06/2019 Pacific Desert Rugby Conference Semifinals Santa Barbara, CA 12:00 PM 19-7 W
vs UCLA
Sunday 04/07/2019 Pacific Desert Rugby Conference Playoffs (Championship Match) Santa Barbara, CA 12:00 PM 14-43 L
vs University of California, Santa Barbara
Saturday 04/20/2019 USA Rugby Regional Tournament TBD NA TBA
Sunday 04/21/2019 USA Rugby Regional Tournament TBD NA TBA
Saturday 05/04/2019 USA Rugby Final 4 TBD NA TBA
Sunday 05/05/2019 USA Rugby Final 5 TBD NA TBA

Women's Rugby Roster

  • Dericka Anderson
  • Erin Eschbach
  • Kayla Faurot
  • Jasmine Fifer
  • Mackartnie Gandy
  • Amanda Garcia
  • Arisbel "Ace" Gonzalez
  • Danielle Holcomb
  • Kat Lazante
  • Sara Lawson
  • Kaley lightfoot
  • Machaiah Lillard
  • Jamie Massey
  • Sasha "Alexandra" McKee
  • Natasha Opoku
  • Bijan Ross
  • Dallas Shepherd
  • Moe "Ashley" Smith
  • Temprist Smith
  • Miranda St. Hilaire
  • Shayna Tamanaha
  • Dae Tuaua
  • Morgan Wessells

GCU Women's Rugby Coaching Staff

Jessica Carpenter

Assistant Coach
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Jasmine Fifer

Student Coach
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