The GCU Men’s Lacrosse program has not only become one of the most competitive sports on the GCU campus, but also a perennial powerhouse in the world of college lacrosse at the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division I level. In the past six years, over 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. In 2018, they made their fifth DI national tournament appearance in their seven-year history, with an impressive 10-3 all-time record at nationals.
GCU Men’s Lacrosse has access to GCU’s Division I strength and conditioning facility, athletic training and film room. They prepare for games in the new state-of-the-art AstroFlect turf venue, and plays many of their games in the new 6,000-seat GCU Stadium.
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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).
Remo Montalbano returns for his second stint as Men’s Lacrosse assistant coach in 2019, leading the faceoff specialist and goaltending group. Montalbano previously served in the same role in 2013-2015, helping to lead the Lopes to their first national title in 2015.
Before returning to GCU, Montalbano served three years as program director and head coach from 2016-2018 at Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, helping to revive the youth program at the school.
Montalbano played college lacrosse at NCAA Division II Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York from 2007 to 2010, serving as a three-year team captain and four-year starter. Playing his final two seasons under Manny Rapkin, Montalbano posted career highs during his senior season in goals (27), assists (13) and points (40), ultimately becoming one of just seven Chargers’ lacrosse players all-time with 100 points, finishing his career with 108.
In 2008, Montalbano became the first American to play in the Minto Cup, Canada’s premier championship for junior men’s box lacrosse.