ATLANTA – It has won the national championship in two of the last three years and now Grand Canyon enters the 2018 season as the No. 1 team in the Under Armour MCLA Division I Preseason Coaches Poll.
The Lopes snatched 22 of the 24 first place votes for 590 points – 33 ahead of No. 2 Chapman. The Panthers, which grabbed the other two first place votes, lost to GCU in the 2017 title game.
After advancing to the national semifinals last spring, California sits at No. 3, well ahead of No. 4 Brigham Young. The Cougars edged out No. 5 Georgia Tech – the other semifinalist from last year – by three points.
Both the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) and the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) placed three teams in the Top 10, while the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) and Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) each had a pair.
2018 Under Armour MCLA Division I Preseason Coaches Poll
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Also receiving votes: Concordia-Irvine (58), Arizona (52), San Diego State (22), Pittsburgh (19), Davenport (10), UNLV (7), Missouri (7), Santa Clara (3), Boise State (2), Oklahoma (2), Texas Christian (2), Georgia (1), Washington (1), South Carolina (1), New Hampshire (1).