Lopes help teams end 2020-21 season on high note
By: Julie Laugel and Maria Adams/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
Limitless dedication in a restricted season.
Becca Luedemann and Tucker Trickey have been named the April GCU Club Sports Student-Athletes of the Month. Both athletes maintained impressive grade point averages while helping their teams end their unconventional seasons in positive ways.
Becca Luedemann: Women’s Lacrosse
Starting her career path. Stopping her opponents.
Lopes’ junior Becca Luedemann has utilized her time at Grand Canyon University by maintaining a 3.9 GPA while also being a student leader for the team and standout on the field.
Closing out her third year with GCU Women’s Lacrosse, Luedemann has been a starting defender since her freshman year, and was voted Defensive Player of the Year by her teammates for the 2020-21 season.
“Her aggression, fearlessness and hustle are hard to beat,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Tracy Gallihugh. “Her textbook-perfect defense continues to surprise me on the field, and her work ethic in practice is an example for the team.”
Luedemann’s passion for lacrosse began in her fifth-grade P.E. class, and progressed through the inspiration and support of her father.
“My dad coached me in soccer for 15 years, and he would always discuss what I did well and what I need to improve on with me after my lacrosse games,” said Luedemann. “He is my biggest supporter and is always cheering me on in every lacrosse game. He also pushes me to do my best and works on my skills with me while I am home.”
Luedemann has continued to build her lacrosse skills, as well as her relationships, in her time at GCU.
“I’ve become a better defender by being on the team through the coaches, and being around great defenders,” said Luedemann. “Coach Gallihugh has made me a smarter player, and has helped me become a leader on defense. I have met some of my closest friends at GCU through lacrosse and my education classes.”
The elementary education major plans to continue her educational path by student teaching locally, and is set to graduate in the spring of 2022.
Tucker Trickey: Men’s Rugby
A champion – on and off the field.
Lopes’ junior transfer Tucker Trickey may have joined the GCU Men’s Rugby roster late in his college career, but during his first year on the squad, he managed to make an impact in both the scorebooks and the lives of those around him.
“He goes above and beyond in every way,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Sean O’Leary. “He understands what it means to be a high-performance athlete, and also a high-performance student at GCU.”
The Carlsbad, California native kicked off his rugby career in middle school playing for the Encinitas Coastal Dragons and remained with this local club throughout high school. Trickey spent his freshman year of college at Santa Barbara Rugby Academy, which was followed by a one-year stint at St. Mary’s College of California, where he was honored as the rugby team’s back of the year.
Trickey finally made his way home to GCU for his junior year. In his inaugural season as a Lope, Trickey has proved himself to be an asset. In GCU’s final game of the season, Trickey led the team’s offensive efforts, nabbing a ‘hat trick” by scoring all three of the GCU’s tries.
“My time at GCU so far has been an experience that will last a lifetime,” said Trickey. “I have created amazing friendships with my teammates. It is definitely a brotherhood.”
Trickey is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and currently maintains a 3.7 cumulative grade point average. While he aspires to play Major League Rugby, once his days as a player come to a close, Trickey wants to use his degree to aid him in a fire service career that specializes in crisis communication.
Trickey’s desire to help others has also inspired a heartfelt goal.
“I hope to start a non-profit that serves the underprivileged citizens of Phoenix,” said Trickey. “It was a concept I worked on for a class last semester. It is heartbreaking to see the poverty in our community, and I want to bring them more peace and comfort.”
Whether he is driving the ball down the pitch, hitting the books, or serving others, Trickey encompasses a champion’s mentality.
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