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About GCU Men’s Lacrosse

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.

Men’s lacrosse has full access to GCU’s Division I strength and conditioning facility, athletic training and film room. It shares a new state-of-the-art AstroFlect turf practice/game venue with women’s lacrosse and plays many of their games in the new 6,000-seat GCU Stadium.

Camp Information

Prospect Camp Offense vs Defense High School Team Camp
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 Dec. 16 and 17, 2017
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GCU Men’s Lacrosse Schedule

Day Date   Opponent Location Time Score
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 Rohnert 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

GCU Men’s Lacrosse Roster

  • Angelo Abante
  • Ethan Anderson
  • Joe Balestrieri
  • Andrew Damour
  • Lucas de Jong
  • Austin Ekeroth
  • Christian Essex
  • Weston Gotuzzo
  • Josh Gruwell
  • Ryan Hayes
  • Brad Hookom
  • Ryan Hsin
  • Anthony Hughes
  • Troy Jacobs
  • David Kravec
  • Jack Lamey
  • Alex Larson
  • Ryan McDonald
  • Sean McDonald
  • Jamie McKay
  • Cole McLafferty
  • Nick Melin
  • Cody Olson
  • Cian Peterson
  • Trajan Pripps
  • Kevin Regan
  • Aidan Ryan
  • Nathan Smith
  • Cooper Snowbarger
  • Braden Sparks
  • Brandon Suchand
  • Spencer Tate
  • Jordan Vicente
  • Cam Wengreniuk
  • Michael Whittall

GCU Men’s Lacrosse Coaching Staff

Manny Rapkin

Head Coach

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

Assistant Coach

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

Assistant Coach

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.