By: Julie Laugel/GCU Staff
Season opener? Understood. Lack of experience? Still troubling.
Taking the field for the first time this season, the GCU Women’s Lacrosse team couldn’t stay with the offense of the University of California-Santa Barbara and lost, 17-13, Saturday morning at GCU’s Prescott Field. The loss puts the Lopes at 0-1 in Western Women’s Lacrosse League (WWLL) play.
“More than half of our team are freshmen, so we need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Tracy Gallihugh. “They were very chaotic because they’re not used to the competition.”
The game was tight in the first half with the Lopes trailing, 8-6, at halftime. After the break, the Gauchos’ offense took off, and even with two Lopes’ goals in the last two minutes of the game, GCU was not able to keep up.
“In the last five minutes, we did so well, because we were so energetic, we were in the game and we were going for every single ball,” said Gallihugh. “You could tell we wanted it. If we could just maintain that the whole game, then that’s going to make a world of difference.”
Paige Loeffler and Rachel Ware topped the Lopes’ offense with three goals each, while Maggie Bjerkaas led the defense with six saves.
“Peyton Hsin really showed up today and gave it her all. She scored two of our goals in her first collegiate game, so she was really in it to win it today,” said Gallihugh. “Maggie had some amazing saves, and she did a good job of not letting goals get to her. She had a strong head the entire time.”
GCU takes a three-week break before heading off to Santa Barbara, California for the Santa Barbara Shootout on Saturday, Feb. 15, where they will face Saint Mary’s College in the first of three games in three days. The Lopes’ next home matchup happens Friday, Feb. 28 against Colorado State University at 5 pm at Prescott Field.
Interested in Women’s Lacrosse? Contact Head Coach Tracy Gallihugh for more information!