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GCU Men’s Lacrosse stands firm at No. 7 in MCLA DI Coaches Poll

April 26, 2018

Defending national champions to face No. 9 Concordia-Irvine Friday in SLC Semifinals

By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director

For the second straight week, the Grand Canyon University Men’s Lacrosse team is ranked No. 7 in the latest Under Armour Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division I Coaches’ Poll.  It’s the 47th straight poll (since the 2015 season’s preseason poll) that they’ve been ranked in the MCLA Top 10.  The Lopes remain one of five Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) teams ranked in the MCLA Top 25 (Chapman is 1st, Concordia-Irvine is 9th, Arizona State is 14th, and UC-Santa Barbara is 21st).

Four out of those five SLC teams is still alive in the SLC Playoffs, which now move into Championship Weekend starting Friday.  The Lopes-who are the No. 1 seed from the SLC South Division-will finally see their first postseason action at 7:30 pm Friday when they square off against No. 9 Concordia-Irvine, who reached the semifinals when they eliminated No. 21 UCSB last weekend.  The winner of that matchup will take on the winner of the other Friday semifinal game between No. 1 Chapman and No. 14 Arizona State in Sunday’s championship game at 1:45 pm.  All games will be held at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, California, with the SLC Champion earning an automatic qualifying bid to the MCLA National Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 7 through 12.

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

Rank School Points 1st-place votes Prev Rank
1 Chapman (CA) 592 16 1
2 Utah 581 8 2
3 Michigan State 537 4
4 Brigham Young 507 5
5 South Carolina 501 3
6 Colorado 490 6
T-7 Grand Canyon 454   7
T-7 Virginia Tech 454 9
9 Concordia-Irvine (CA) 413 8
10 Liberty (VA) 365 11
11 Boston College 364 10
12 Georgia Tech 303 12
13 New Hampshire 249 13
14 Arizona State 234 18
15 California 210 19
16 Georgia 186 17
17 Florida State 179 16
18 Davenport (MI) 176 15
19 Simon Fraser (BC) 159 21
20 Connecticut 157 14
21 UC Santa Barbara 155 20
22 Clemson (SC) 139 22
23 Northeastern 131 NR
24 Minnesota 49 NR
T-25 Florida 43 23
T-25 Colorado State 43 24