By: Julie Laugel/GCU Staff
“We have a very special team this year,” said GCU Head Coach Tracy Gallihugh. “We have the heart, the grit, and the skill. Although I wanted to take home more wins, we definitely learned a lot.”
The Grand Canyon University Women’s Lacrosse team went 1-2 at the Santa Barbara Shootout last weekend, including an 11-10 overtime victory over University of California-Davis. The win ended the weekend on a good note after losses to University of California- Berkeley and St. Mary’s College of California. The weekend’s competition put the Lopes at a 1-3 overall record.
GCU 11, UC – Davis 10 (F/OT)
The need for overtime was no surprise as the teams were neck-and-neck the entire game, including a 6-6 score at halftime.
Goals from Paige Loeffler helped the Lopes keep up with the Aggies’ offense, but GCU wasn’t quite able to take the lead before the end of regulation. Lopes’ sophomore Amy Beaverson cut the overtime short, hitting the game-winning goal off of an assist from Loeffler.
“(Amy’s) composure under such a high stress situation is very impressive,” said Gallihugh. “(The team) learned from their mistakes, and were able to get the job done and score immediately in overtime.”
The victory gave GCU their first win of the 2020 season.
“It is a relief to finally have our first win, and it is what this team needed,” said Gallihugh. “They finally get the payback from all their hard work, and I am hoping that it gives them more confidence now.”
St. Mary’s 6, GCU 5 (F/3OT)
St. Mary’s took the lead early and was able to hold possession for most of the game. Two goals from Mykenzie Moriarty put the Lopes on the board, but it was not enough to outscore the Gaels in the first half.
“Mykenzie is a huge force on our field,” said Gallihugh. “She helps keep our defense strong, but comes in on all ends of the field when we need it.”
Trailing, 5-2, at halftime, GCU’s defense kept St. Mary’s from scoring any points in the second half, allowing them to catch up and force overtime.
Both teams struggled for a successful goal in the extra minutes until a goal from St. Mary’s in triple overtime ended the marathon.
“Our defense was very solid and worked hard,” said Gallihugh. “ It was a great learning experience, and we proved that we will fight until the very end in any game.”
UC – Berkeley 18, GCU 6
The Lopes got a taste of what the competition is like at the D1 level as they fought to put a stop to UC-Berkeley’s polished offense. The undefeated Bears maintained a dominant lead over GCU from start to finish.
Freshmen Katrina Mater and Rachel Ware led the offense with two goals each for the Lopes.
“This just showed us where our league is and what we have to do in order to be competitive,” said Gallihugh. “I am so proud of my girls for never hanging their heads and never giving up. Regardless of the score, they fought for every ball until the last whistle.”
The GCU Women’s Lacrosse team continues tournament play this weekend in San Diego, California, where they will face San Diego State University, UCLA, and the University of San Diego.
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