By Garrett Osterode/GCU Staff
“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, but it is really nice to get this W.”
It was a sigh of relief from Lopes’ Head Coach Jeff Guy Saturday, since after suffering two losses to begin the 2020 campaign, his No. 25 Grand Canyon University Men’s Lacrosse team dominated their first home game of the 2020 season against the Aggies of Texas A&M University. Though the Aggies entered the game with a formidable 4-2 record, and coming off a winning season a year ago, they couldn’t hold off the Lopes’ offensive attack to the tune of a 16-4 GCU victory.
In front of a lively, enthused crowd at Prescott Field on the GCU campus, the Lopes brought a week’s worth of practice into Saturday’s matinee, and it paid off immediately with four goals in the opening quarter on 12 shots.
“We were able to work on the mistakes from last week and build off them,” said Guy. “It was good, but we’ve still got work to do.”
The Lopes tacked on four more goals in the second quarter to secure a comfortable 8-1 lead heading into halftime.
“Experience was huge for us,” said Guy. “Having the chemistry and knowing how to play together really allowed us to play well [in the first half].”
After the break, the Lopes continued doing what they did well all afternoon, attacking Texas A&M’s defense without hesitation. The Aggies responded with a multitude of penalties, halting any chance at a comeback.
In the final quarter, the Lopes kept their foot on the gas pedal, pushing their lead to as high as 13 with 9:52 remaining. That gave Guy a chance to give some bench players some experience, but that did not slow the Lopes’ attack on the offensive end as they fired off a game-high 24 shots in the final quarter.
Though the Lopes scored an impressive 16 goals, Guy was most enamored with the defensive unit.
“We just kept things simple today,” said Guy. “The guys went out there defensively, kept it simple and got it done.”
After an impressive victory, the road does not get any easier for the Lopes as they head to Southern California this coming weekend to take on the likes of Top 25-ranked University of Southern California and University of California-Los Angeles.
“It is back to work on Monday,” said Guy. “We’re going to break down the film, see what we can improve upon ahead of these conference games and go from there.”
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