By: Ruby Arani / GCU Staff
As the off-season continues to progress, Grand Canyon University Women’s Lacrosse has added an impressive recruiting class of 23 players and counting. In the first group of recruits, Lopes’ Head Coach Tracy Gallihugh added seven players from Colorado, California and Arizona. In the second group, Gallihugh has added eight more talented players from the Golden State.
Attacker Cassie Bergman played on the Mt. Carmel High School Varsity team in San Diego where current GCU student and attacker Kelli Holmes is from. Defender Alexandra Smiddy competed on the 3d San Diego Lacrosse Club, and joins the Lopes from San Marcos.
Midfielder Paige Loeffler is from Carlsbad where she competed for both West Coast Starz Lacrosse Club and Sage Creek High School Varsity team. “Loeffler is a strong confident player,” said Gallihugh. “She is a draw specialist with great stick stills and great offensive movement.”
Attacker/midfielder, Klarissa Gutierrez is from Placentia in northern Orange County and played for Valencia High School Varsity team who ended her senior season with 29 goals. Goalie Ashley Hoffman joins the Lopes from San Juan Capistrano, and competed for both New Image Lacrosse Club and San Juan Hills High School Varsity team. “Hoffman is athletic with good stick skills,” noted Gallihugh.
Defender/midfielder Megan Hoskins resides now in California, but has played lacrosse in both Williamsburg, Virginia, and Northfield, Minnesota. Rounding out the list of recruits is attacker Erin Dietrich, the only one from northern California, who hails from Clayton near Oakland.
“All of the players are bringing their own skills and abilities to the team so they can learn from and play off of each other,” said Gallihugh. “We are going to have a very versatile and strong team that runs deep through every player.”