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GCU Men’s Lacrosse stays on top of Under Armour MCLA DI Coaches Poll

February 22, 2018

Defending national champion Lopes open season Friday at No. 11 Cal Poly

By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director

The Grand Canyon University Men’s Lacrosse team has been ranked No. 1 in the first Under Armour Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division I Coaches’ Poll for the 2018 regular season. The Lopes-who were the preseason No. 1 in two different polls this winter-are now the highest-ranked of six Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) teams ranked in the MCLA Top 25 (Chapman is ranked 2nd, Arizona State is up to 5th, UC-Santa Barbara remains 15th, and both Concordia-Irvine (19th) and Arizona (25th) enter the poll this week). The Lopes stayed atop the poll after grabbing the top spot in the preseason poll-despite the fact that GCU was the only team in the top 5 yet to play a regular season game.

The Lopes’ idle status will change in a matter of hours as they head to San Luis Obispo, California, to take on 11th-ranked California Polytechnic State University tomorrow (Friday) night at 8 pm (Arizona time). The Mustangs are the first of three nationally ranked team that will dot the Lopes’ schedule in the first four weeks. The defending national champion Lopes will break the seal on the home side of their 2018 schedule on Friday, March 2, as they host the University of Georgia at GCU Stadium. Game time is 7 pm, and admission is FREE.

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

Rank School Points 1st-place votes
1 Grand Canyon 633 18
2 Chapman 598 3
3 Utah 586 5
4 Brigham Young 540
5 Arizona State 537
6 Georgia Tech 535
7 Colorado 527
8 California 429
9 Virginia Tech 417
10 Michigan State 397
11 Cal Poly 396
12 Colorado State 390
13 Oregon 294
14 UC Santa Barbara 287
15 South Carolina 266
16 Northeastern 220
17 Liberty 200
18 Connecticut 198
19 Concordia-Irvine 162
20 Simon Fraser 160
21 Florida State 156
22 Minnesota 107
23 Texas A&M 74
24 Boston College 69
25 Arizona 59

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