By: Ruby Arani/GCU Staff
As the summer comes to a close, the off-season is still heating up. Grand Canyon University Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Tracy Gallihugh has recruited an impressive class of 23 new players for the 2019 spring season. The last group of eight recruits features one attacker, four midfielders, one pure defender, and two others who will split time between midfield and defense.
Gallihugh searched the Pacific Northwest to find a group of talented players. Defender/midfielder McKena Eisenbrandt hails from Wilsonville, Oregon, who has been a GCU student for the last two years, will now be joining the Women’s Lacrosse team. Defender/midfielder Becca Luedemann joins the Lopes from Clackamas, Oregon, where she played for the Clackamas High School Varsity team. Defender Emily Blankenburg competed for Washington’s own Vand’al Lacrosse Club as well as the Mt. Si High School Varsity team in Snoqualmie.
Next, Gallihugh gained some depth in the attack from the Midwest. Midfielder Alexa Peer comes from Savage, Minnesota, where she competed for both Minnesota Elite and Prior Lake High School Varsity teams. Midfielder Lauren Chew arrives on campus from Bellbrook, Ohio, where she competed on the Bellbrook High School Varsity team. Midfielder Allison Gordy joins the group from Normal, Illinois, where she attended Normal Community High School. Attacker Amy Beaverson hails from Fisher, Indiana, where she played on the Fisher High School Varsity team.
Finally, midfielder Jessie Whyte sports GCU purple for the first time as she arrives from Fort Mills, South Carolina, where she played on the Nation Ford High School Varsity team. “Whyte has high lacrosse IQ, field awareness, great stick skills and has confidence with the ball,” said Gallihugh. “Whyte is a very selfless player, and when she sees opportunities, she makes them happen. I’m excited to have Whyte on the team to bring some of that east coast style and influence to our team.”
“I personally cannot wait to have them all on the field, and for the season to start,” an excited Gallihugh remarked about her entire recruiting class. “It will be our best season yet.”
Interested in Women’s Lacrosse? Contact Head Coach Tracy Gallihugh today!