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GCU Men’s Lacrosse moves up to No. 13 in latest MCLA DI Coaches’ Poll

March 21, 2019

Upset of Concordia-Irvine sends Lopes up 3 spots in new rankings

By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director

The Grand Canyon University Men’s Lacrosse team is ranked No. 13 in the latest Under Armour Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division I Coaches’ Poll.  It’s a jump of three spots from the No. 16 position the Lopes held in last week’s poll.  It’s also the 76th straight time (dating back to Week 7 of the 2013 season) that GCU has graced the national rankings.  The Lopes remain one of six SLC teams ranked in the MCLA Top 20 (Arizona State is 3rd, Chapman is 5th, Concordia-Irvine is 7th, Arizona is at No. 15, and Southern California is 19th).

The Lopes knew that their upset victory over the weekend against Concordia-Irvine (that dropped CUI out of the MCLA Top 3) would improve their national standing.  However, even though the poll was released earlier today, the poll itself was conducted prior to Utah Valley’s upset overtime victory of the Lopes Tuesday, so now GCU will wait a full week to see whether or not that will possibly lower the ranking again.  The Lopes are idle for the remainder of Spring Break, and won’t play again until next Friday, March 29.  That’s when they’ll host a huge Southwestern Lacrosse Conference clash against the 15th-ranked Arizona Wildcats.  Opening face-off between the Lopes and Wildcats is scheduled for 7PM next Friday at GCU Stadium, and will follow the conclusion of the GCU-Arizona Women’s Lacrosse Game at GCU Stadium at 4:30PM.  Admission to the doubleheader is FREE.

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

RankSchoolPoints1st-place votesPrev Rank
1California550221
2Georgia Tech5252
3Arizona State4864
4Liberty (VA)4836
5Chapman (CA)4755
6South Carolina4387
7Concordia-Irvine (CA)4043
8Colorado3918
9Cal Poly3809
10Boston College35510
11Virginia Tech34111
12Brigham Young27813
13Grand Canyon23916
14Michigan State23712
15Arizona  19817
16Clemson (SC)19314
17Stanford (CA)16915
18New Hampshire147NR
19Southern Cal14618
20Connecticut12722
21Santa Clara9319
22Texas A&M8121
23Georgia7624
24Florida State7520
25Utah Valley69NR