For the past five years, Grand Canyon University’s men’s lacrosse team has achieved unprecedented success. In 2015 and 2017, the Lopes won Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division I national championships, claiming the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference titles in both seasons. Thirty of GCU’s men’s lacrosse players have been named to the MCLA All-American teams. Need more reasons to join? Check them out below:
Last season, the Lopes took home their second MCLA Division I national championship. Seven GCU players were placed on 2017 MCLA All-American teams; three of these placements were first-team selections.
The GCU men’s lacrosse team plays one of the most competitive schedules in the MCLA. Some of the team’s past opponents include Virginia Tech, Stanford, Brigham Young, Arizona, Arizona State and San Diego State.
Team members get to enjoy the expertise, treatment and injury prevention training of an experienced athletic staff. Head Coach Manny Rapkin is entering his seventh season in the position at GCU. Assistant Coach Jeff Guy is beginning his fourth season as the men’s lacrosse defensive coordinator, and Coach Cody Petillo is now in his second season as assistant coach.
The men’s lacrosse team benefits from the university’s top-of-the-line amenities, including access to a turf shooting range and the university’s NCAA Division I strength and conditioning facilities. Most of the men’s lacrosse games are played on a state-of-the-art Astroflect turf field, and select games are held in GCU’s new 6,000-seat stadium.
If you’re looking for ways to get involved in competitive, championship-level athletics at Grand Canyon University, then consider our club sports program. If you’d like more information, then visit our website or click the Request More Information button on this page.
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