By: Ruby Arani / GCU Staff
The fall season brings in change and preparation for the new year.
The Grand Canyon University Women’s Lacrosse team concluded fall ball at the annual women’s lacrosse round robin – hosted by Arizona State University. Teams from around the state competed, including ASU, the Arizona Storm, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. The Lopes went 1-2 at the round robin, building up for the Lopes second year in Division I.
The Lopes’ first matchup of the day was a 9-4 loss against the post-collegiate team, Arizona Storm. The Lopes’ luck turned around against their next matchup as they knocked off the Wildcats of U of A, 6-2. In the semifinal game, the Lopes matched up yet again with the Wildcats, who redeemed themselves to beat the Lopes, 4-3.
“It was good to play the teams in our conference,” said Lopes Head Coach Tracy Gallihugh. “The team, being made up of a lot of freshmen, was able to get a real game experience against one of our big competitors (U of A). By playing and watching other teams in our conference, the girls know the level of competition and the intensity level to expect when we begin the spring season.”
The Lopes’ attacking line showed promise the spring-despite sporting just one returner, senior captain Lexi Ortt, to go with five freshmen midfielders. The young midfield scored the Lopes’ 13 goals, led by freshman Paige Loeffler’s 6 goals.
“We have a lot of potential,” said Gallihugh. “This team is one of our strongest and deep team in terms of talent. The team dynamic is the best that I have seen. They have a lot of fun with each other on and off the field.”
Interested in playing women’s lacrosse at GCU? Contact Head Coach Tracy Gallihugh today!