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GCU Men’s Lacrosse holds fast to No. 1 in Under Armour MCLA DI Coaches Poll

February 28, 2018

Season-opening wins over pair of ranked teams keeps Lopes on top of poll

By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director

The Grand Canyon University Men’s Lacrosse team has been ranked No. 1 in the latest Under Armour Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division I Coaches’ Poll released earlier today. The Lopes have owned the top spot for all three polls this year, and have now been No. 1 in the poll dating back to Week 9 of the 2017 season-a string of six consecutive polls. The Lopes not only remained the highest-ranked of five Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) teams ranked in the MCLA Top 25, but were also the only one of the five to remain in their same spot from a week ago (Chapman dropped to 3rd, Arizona State is down to 6th, UC-Santa Barbara moves up to 14th, and Concordia-Irvine moves up to 16th).

The Lopes stayed atop the poll thanks to a pair of season-opening wins on the road this past weekend. Both victories came against nationally ranked squads as they went to overtime to knock off No. 13 Cal Poly, 8-7, Friday, before stifling the offense of No. 14 UCSB for a 9-3 victory Sunday afternoon. The Lopes have yet another top 15 power to deal with in their upcoming two-game homestand, which commences March 2. That’s when GCU will battle unranked University of Georgia at 7 pm before preparing for 15th-ranked Boston College on Monday night at 6:30 pm. Both games will be played at GCU Stadium and admission is FREE.

The entire Under Armour MCLA Coaches’ Poll is listed below:

Rank School Points 1st-place votes
1 Grand Canyon 627 13
2 Utah 618 9
3 Chapman 604 4
4 Brigham Young 569
5 Colorado 530
6 Arizona State 511
7 Michigan State 458
8 Virginia Tech 428
9 Georgia Tech 397
10 Colorado State 389
11 South Carolina 379
12 California 378
13 Cal Poly 349
14 UC Santa Barbara 326
15 Boston College 257
16 Concordia-Irvine 222
17 Northeastern 218
18 Connecticut 209
19 Simon Fraser 179
20 Liberty 177
21 Oregon 169
22 Florida State 142
T-23 Clemson 47
T-23 Minnesota 47
25 Texas A&M 45

 

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