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GCU Men’s Lacrosse ranked No. 9 in MCLA DI Preseason Poll

January 30, 2019

Lopes begin quest for 3rd national title in 5 years Sunday at home against Santa Clara

By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director

The Grand Canyon University Men’s Lacrosse team has been ranked No. 9 in the 2019 Under Armour Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Preseason Division I Coaches Poll.  It’s the second time in the month of January that the Lopes have been ranked in the top 10 in a preseason poll after landing at No. 10 in the Inside Lacrosse Preseason Rankings four weeks ago.  The Lopes are one of four SLC teams ranked in the MCLA Top 20 (Chapman is ranked 1st, Concordia-Irvine is 11th, and Arizona State is 13th).

The Lopes will have plenty of chances to inch closer to the top of the rankings, since six of the 11 opponents on their 2019 regular season schedule join them in the preseason rankings, and that includes a pair of teams also in the MCLA Top 10 (the Lopes will host No. 7 Colorado on February 28, then No. 3 BYU on March 9).  The Lopes – who are gunning for their 3rd national title in the last five years – commence their 2019 season this Sunday, February 3 as they host Santa Clara University in a non-conference battle.  Game time is at noon Sunday at Prescott Field on the GCU campus, and admission is FREE.

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

Rank School Points 1st-place votes 2018 Final Rank
1 Michigan State 513 12 1
2 Chapman (CA) 513 9 2
3 Brigham Young 460 3
4 South Carolina 451 4
5 Virginia Tech 419 6
6 Liberty (VA) 405 7
7 Colorado 399 8
8 California 385 10
9 Grand Canyon 382   9
10 Georgia Tech 308 13
11 Concordia-Irvine (CA) 295 11
12 Boston College 281 12
13 Arizona State 264 14
14 Florida State 222 17
15 Georgia 165 16
16 Oregon 153 24
17 UC Santa Barbara 144 19
18 New Hampshire 131 15
19 Northeastern 124 20
20 Clemson (SC) 122 21
21 Texas A&M 112 25
22 Davenport (MI) 110 18
23 Minnesota 88 NR
24 Simon Fraser (BC) 70 22
25 Cal Poly 69 NR