The GCU Men’s Lacrosse program has not only become one of the most competitive sports on the GCU campus, but has become a perennial powerhouse in the world of college lacrosse at the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division I level. In the past seven 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 national tournament appearance in their seven-year history, with an impressive 10-3 all-time record at nationals. The Lopes have reached the postseason in every year of their eight-year existence.
GCU Men’s Lacrosse prepares for and plays many of their games in the on-campus, state-of-the-art AstroFlect turf venue, while playing select games in the 6,000-seat GCU Stadium.
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Manny Rapkin is entering his eighth season as the men’s lacrosse head coach. Rapkin has led the Lopes to two MCLA Division I National Championships in the last five years, and has also led them to final four appearances in three of those seasons. GCU has placed eleven players on MCLA All-American teams the last three years, including five first-team selections; and saw one of his top proteges, Jack Lamey, become the first Lope to win the prestigious Godekeraw Award in 2018.
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, the last two as head coach. 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, Rapkin coached at the high school level at both Desert Mountain High School and Saguaro High School. During his playing days, Rapkin was a two-sport athlete on the lacrosse and football fields collegiately at Siena College.
Jeff Guy is entering his sixth season (over two stints) as the men’s lacrosse defensive coordinator and the GCU Club Sports Strength and Conditioning Coach. The Lopes have won the MCLA national championship twice in the four seasons since his return.
This is actually Guy’s second tour of duty with GCU Men’s Lacrosse as he was the head coach for the 2011 season. Before returning to GCU, Guy served one season at Princeton University before becoming 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 grade point average.
Guy has over 13 years of coaching experience. The native of Salisbury, Connecticut 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. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Guy obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Behavior Management from the University of Delaware, while minoring in Coaching Science. He later earned a Master’s of Science degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University.
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.