By David Carter/GCU Club Sports Web Marketing Intern
Different opponent, same theme.
In an eerie bit of déjà vu, the GCU Men’s Lacrosse team saw a close game at halftime become a one-sided second-half affair as they lost, 19-5, to the No. 4 Arizona State University (ASU) Sun Devils Friday night at GCU Stadium. The loss was similar to the flow of last week’s 10-3 loss to the University of Arizona, since the 20th-ranked Lopes trailed, 6-3, at halftime in both matchups, then struggled to find a way to score in the last 30 minutes.
“As soon as ASU led 9-4, we strayed away from our game plan,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Manny Rapkin after the game. “We are going to get back to work on Monday and get after it.”
The Lopes found themselves down 2-0 early as ASU midfielder Ross Andrews and attackman Tate Holleran rang up goals in the game’s first 10 minutes. GCU senior Ryan McDonald halved the deficit just over a minute later on a goal set up by a Kyle Crews assist. The pattern continued early in the 2nd period as ASU scored two more goals to take a 4-1 lead before Lopes’ attacker Cam Gilmore scored an unassisted goal and midfielder Ayden Garwood scored an assisted McDonald goal to narrow the lead to 4-3, and put the Devils momentarily on their heels. ASU rebounded in the final four minutes of the half to score twice and take a 6-3 lead into halftime.
The large crowd for the Lopes’ home finale wasn’t back in their seats very long after halftime before Crews scored an assisted goal from McDonald 47 seconds in to make it a two-goal game again. That’s when an aggressive Sun Devils’ offense took control of the game, finishing off the 3rd quarter on a 7-0 run, and ringing up five more unanswered goals to start the 4th quarter before the Lopes scored one final time on McDonald’s second of the night with 2 minutes remaining.
Even though the Lopes moved to 3-7 on the year with the loss, the opportunity to play in the postseason still exists.
“If we win on Thursday (against University of Nevada, Las Vegas), we will play a first round Southwestern Lacrosse Conference game against somebody – either ASU or University of Arizona,” said Rapkin. “We have another chance to deliver and to get better.”
GCU will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to play the UNLV Rebels on Thursday, April 11 at 7 pm.
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