GCU ends shortened season with first-ever victory over ASU
By: Julie Laugel/GCU Staff
“It was a huge year for strengthening our program,” said GCU Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Tracy Gallihugh. “We made strides this season that make me excited to see that reflect in our record next season.”
In only their third season as a Division I program and a team made up of mostly underclassmen, the 2019-20 GCU Women’s Lacrosse team had their work cut out for them from the start.
GCU initiated the season with a loss to the University of California-Santa Barbara in their home opener, followed by the Santa Barbara Shootout where they went 1-2.
“The Santa Barbara Shootout was a beginning of the season wake-up call showing us who our competition is and what we have to do to be competitive,” said Gallihugh. “You could see the growth from the first to the last game in that three-game weekend.”
The Lopes continued down a rocky path with three more losses in a row, which was upended by a thrilling 11-10 victory over Arizona State University in what would be their last game of the season.
Just as everything was seeming to come together for the Lopes, the season was ended early due to coronavirus cancellations, and GCU was not able to participate in their last regular season game versus the University of Arizona (which was supposed to happen this past Sunday) or in the Western Women’s Lacrosse League (WWLL) Playoffs, which they were set to host in mid-April.
The Lopes’ leadership this year was young – led by sophomore team captains Paige Loeffler and Becca Luedemann, who now have some extra time to digest what the season brought.
“I am really looking forward to seeing what this year taught them and how it helps them grow in future seasons,” said Gallihugh. “I have no doubt that getting this experience so young will make them some of the best leaders this program has had as they continue to mature into true upperclassmen.”
Loeffler led the team with 19 goals, two assists, 29 groundballs, 15 caused turnovers and 17 draw controls, while freshman attacker Rachel Ware led in assists (three), was second in goals with 13, picked up seven groundballs and caused six turnovers. The team finished out the season with a 2-6 overall record and look to have many players returning next season.
Interested in Women’s Lacrosse? Contact Head Coach Tracy Gallihugh for more information!