By Jesse Vineyard/GCU Staff
Grand Canyon University Men’s Lacrosse continues to add to its already-deep legacy.
The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) announced its 2018 All-American teams, and the Lopes have placed four amongst the honorees. Lopes’ junior long-stick midfielder Jack Lamey and junior short-stick midfielder Jordan Vicente were named as First-Team All-Americans for their respective positions. Junior attackmen Cody Clark and Cam Wengreniuk were named Honorable Mention.
“This means we are attracting a high-level athlete who is also getting better after they get here,” Lopes’ Head Coach Manny Rapkin said. “They’re in a program that is nurturing them in all aspects. This is the result of a quality program with talented athletes.”
This is the second straight year that Vicente – a Chula Vista, California native – has been named a First-Team All-American for his position. Lamey, who hails from Camas, Washington, was also the recipient of this year’s Godekeraw Award. Last season, he was selected as a Second-Team All-American. The midfield combo each had a three-year career that led to 36 wins, including the 2017 MCLA National Championship, where Lamey was also named to the All-Tournament team for his position. This season, Lamey and Vicente were second and third on the team with 59 and 56 groundballs, respectively. Both are also part of a graduating class that won 52 games over the last four years for an average win percentage of 86 percent.
“That midfield line of Lamey, Vicente and even [Weston] Gotuzzo might be the best midfield line ever in the history of the MCLA,” Rapkin said. “We’re all happy for these guys.”
Clark, a native of Naniamo, British Columbia, led the team in goals this season with 39. This is the first such award for Clark, who was also named Second-Team All-Conference for the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference. Wengreniuk, who is from Edmonton, Alberta, ended the year second on the team with 11 assists and 32 goals, including a season-high five goals in the first-round matchup against Brigham Young University at the MCLA National Championships. This is the third straight year that Wengreniuk was named to an All-American team. He was named as a First-Team attackman last year and a Second-Team midfielder in 2016.
“Cam and Cody did a good job this year,” Rapkin said. “They both put up good numbers, and we’re proud of what they did. We’re looking for big things next year from those guys.”
In the seven-year history of the program, GCU has placed 31 players on All-American teams, including 10 on the First Team.