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GCU Women’s Lacrosse: 2020-21 Season Recap

Women's Lacrosse team in huddle
May 17, 2021

Lopes make most of training, competitions

By: Julie Laugel/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff

“I was planning the season while I was in season.”

After a pandemic-filled year of only practices and training, Grand Canyon University Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Tracy Ramirez faced the obstacle of finding competition in their small window of opportunity. Although they couldn’t participate in Western Women’s Lacrosse League play, the Lopes competed in two games against the Arizona Storm, as well as hosted an Alumni Match and the Saguaro Shootout Tournament before closing out the 2020-21 season.

Leading up to the start of competition, the Lopes continued to practice two to three times a week as well as lift and participate in team building exercises throughout the year.

“We really focused on the basics, which will help us next season, because we got to practice regularly compared to the other teams in our league,” said Lopes’ defender Becca Luedemann. “We also focused a lot on team bonding and building our team chemistry, which will help us tremendously next season.”

The Lopes kicked off the season with a one-point loss to the Arizona Storm, and suffered another loss to the Storm later in the season.   

“I have very high standards and expectations for my teams and players, and they really did perform to that level,” said Ramirez. “We had 13 freshmen, so even though they were tough losses, playing against those former NCAA and Division I athletes and seeing how well we performed with a mostly freshman team was really cool.”

For the first time in program history, the Lopes also hosted an alumni match, bringing in 16 former GCU Women’s Lacrosse players.

“The alumni game stood out because our team worked hard the whole game and played really well together,” said Luedemann. “We were solid on all areas of the field and experienced our first win together as a team, which brought us closer and lit a fire within us to work harder at practices.”

The Lopes divided the returners and freshmen into two teams for the Saguaro Shootout, which was a two-day, short-field tournament held at GCU. The GCU Freshmen took third place behind the GCU Returners, who reached the championship game.

“Even though it was a fun tournament, they still gave their full effort,” said Ramirez. “It was a disappointing season, since we didn’t get to do the things we normally do, so seeing them with all that energy, positivity and skill, and that they did enjoy the season was amazing.”

After saying goodbye to three seniors, the Lopes will use their training, team bonding, and competition experience as an asset for upcoming seasons.

“We were trying to be competitive and get a leg up this year, but it was more about the experience and getting players to come back next year,” said Ramirez. “The team made huge gains in the weight room this year, so we really need to maintain our shape, skills and knowledge so we can start right where we left off when we get back.”

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