Undefeated Lopes’ 13-4 win over Sonoma State not enough to avoid falling to No. 3 in new poll
By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director
The Grand Canyon University Men’s Lacrosse team is ranked No. 3 in the latest Under Armour Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division I Coaches’ Poll released earlier today. Despite the fact that GCU continues to be unbeaten, it’s the second time in the last three weeks that the national pollsters have slid another team ahead of the Lopes, moving Chapman University from 3rd to 2nd behind top-ranked Utah, and dropping the Lopes one spot to 3rd.
However, it’s still the 16th straight poll (dating back to Week 2 of the 2017 season) that GCU has been ranked in the MCLA Top 3. The Lopes remain one of five Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) teams ranked in the MCLA Top 25 (Chapman, Concordia-Irvine is 9th, Arizona State is 14th, and UC-Santa Barbara is 15th). The Lopes also remained one of seven undefeated teams in the rankings this week with another strong defensive performance, running away from Sonoma State in the second half en route to a 13-4 win at Prescott Field Saturday.
The 6-0 Lopes start a four-game road trip with two games in Colorado over the span of 48 hours this week, facing off against Colorado State Thursday at 5 pm before heading to Boulder for a huge top-5 showdown against the 5th-ranked Colorado Buffaloes Saturday at noon. The Lopes’ next home matchup happens on Saturday, April 14th as they host University of Nevada-Las Vegas at Prescott Field on the GCU campus. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 1PM, and admission is FREE.
The entire Under Armour MCLA Coaches’ Poll is listed below:
|Rank||School||Points||1st-place votes||Prev Rank|
|15||UC Santa Barbara||224||13|
|21||Simon Fraser (BC)||158||21|