The GCU men’s lacrosse program enjoyed an unprecedented amount of success in its first five years at the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division I level. In the past five years, 30 GCU players were named to the MCLA All-American teams. The Lopes won MCLA Division I national championships in 2015 and 2017 and also claimed the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference titles in each of those seasons.
We play the most competitive schedule in the MCLA, including games against Virginia Tech, Brigham Young, Stanford, Arizona State, Arizona and San Diego State. Our players receive team helmets, gloves, pinnies, workout and pregame gear, jackets and bags. They also have access to GCU’s Division I strength and conditioning facilities and a turf shooting range. They also work with an excellent athletic training staff for treatment and injury prevention.
Most games are played on a state-of-the-art Astroflect turf field with select games played in our new 6,000-seat GCU Stadium.
|Thursday||02/23/2017||vs||Colorado||Prescott Field||4 pm||14-11 W|
|Saturday||02/25/2017||vs||Colorado State||Prescott Field||1 pm||7-6 W|
|Saturday||03/04/2017||vs||Virginia Tech||Prescott Field||7 pm||6-5 W|
|Monday||03/06/2017||vs||BYU||GCU Stadium||7 pm||13-7 L|
|Friday||03/10/2017||vs||Utah State||Prescott Field||7 pm||24-2 W|
|Tuesday||03/21/2017||at||UNLV||Las Vegas, NV||7 pm||14-8 W|
|Friday||03/24/2017||at||Sonoma State||Rhonert Park, CA||4 pm||17-8 W|
|Saturday||03/25/2017||at||Stanford||Palo Alto, CA||3 pm||17-6 W|
|Friday||03/31/2017||vs||Arizona State||GCU Stadium||7 pm||9-7 W|
|Friday||04/07/2017||vs||Arizona||GCU Stadium||7 pm||18-7 W|
|Saturday||04/15/2017||vs||San Diego State||Prescott Field||1 pm||20-7 W|
|Friday||04/28/2017||at||California-Santa Barbara (SLC semifinal)||Carlsbad, CA||4:30 pm||15-9 W|
|Sunday||04/30/2017||at||Arizona State (SLC championship)||Carlsbad, CA||1:30 pm||10-9 W|
|Monday||05/08/2017||at||Northeastern (MCLA first round)||Irvine, CA||4:30 pm||18-6 W|
|Tuesday||05/09/2017||at||Arizona State (MCLA quarterfinal)||Irvine, CA||4 pm||9-6 W|
|Thursday||05/11/2017||at||California (MCLA semifinal)||Orange, CA||7:15 pm||13-10 W|
|Saturday||05/13/2017||at||Chapman (MCLA championship)||Orange, CA||2:30 pm||12-8 W|
Manny Rapkin is entering his seventh season as the men’s lacrosse head coach. Last season, the Lopes won their second MCLA Division I national championship in three years, all of which included MCLA final four visits. GCU placed seven players on the 2017 MCLA All-American teams, including three first-team selections.
Coach Rapkin joined GCU in 2010, serving as the assistant coach and director of recruiting. He came to GCU after spending four seasons at NCAA D-II Dominican College, where he was head coach for his final two seasons there. While at Dominican, he coached a pair of all-conference selections and guided the Chargers in 2010 to a school record for wins. His 2010 squad also set 14 school records, including the mark for goals (50).
Prior to his time at Dominican, Coach Rapkin was assistant coach at Desert Mountain and Saguaro high schools in Scottsdale.
Coach Rapkin played lacrosse and football collegiately at Siena College.
Jeff Guy, a Salisbury, Conn., native, is entering his fourth season as the men’s lacrosse defensive coordinator and the GCU Club Sports strength and conditioning coach. In his first three seasons at GCU, the Lopes have won the MCLA national championship twice.
Before returning to GCU, Coach Guy served as head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of Dallas for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In his two seasons as head coach of the NCAA Division III program, he helped the Crusaders set school records in scoring and cumulative GPA.
Coach Guy has over 12 years of coaching experience. He is the owner and director of Accelerated Lacrosse, a company that offers skill development to youth and high school players in Arizona by offering travel select teams, clinics and camps. Coach Guy is also the director of strength and conditioning for club sports at GCU. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Coach Guy obtained a Bachelor of Science in health behavior management from the University of Delaware, while minoring in coaching science (2005). He earned a Master of Science in Leadership from Grand Canyon University (2009).
Cody Petillo is in his second season as the Grand Canyon University men’s lacrosse assistant coach. Coach Petillo comes to GCU from Hartwick College, where he was the Hawks third-leading scorer and served as team captain in 2016.
Coach Petillo began his collegiate lacrosse career at Rutgers after starring at Sachem High School North in New York. At Sachem, he was a four-year varsity player, served as team captain as a senior, led his team in points and goals and earned all-county honors.
Coach Petillo has coached with various travel teams and at lacrosse camps. He graduated from Hartwick with a degree in business administration.