Defending Champ Grand Canyon Tops D-I Preseason Poll

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 Division I Preseason .

The Lopes snatched 22 of the 24 first-place votes for 590 points — 33 ahead of No. 2 Chapman. The , who grabbed the other two first-place votes, lost to GCU in the 2017 title game.

Cal Poly at No. 10 and UC Santa Barbara at No. 15 are the only other Southern California teams voted to the Top 25, although defending Division II national champion Concordia is the first team just outside the ranking, listed under “also receiving votes.”

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.

The California roster has very SoCal feel to it, with 18 players listed from SoCal high schools:

  • Los Angeles: , freshman, Sierra Canyon; , sophomore, Sierra Canyon; , sophomore, Chaminade; Matt Cooper, senior, Palos Verdes; , freshman, Westlake; Nathon Chung, sophomore, Granada Hills Charter.
  • Orange County: Cameron Lopez, junior, Capistrano Valley; , sophomore, Aliso Niguel; Nick White, senior, Beckman; , freshman, San Clemente; , freshman, Northwood; , sophomore, St. Margaret’s.
  • San Diego: Neil Lunsford, junior, The Bishop’s School; Max Scott, junior, La Jolla; Matt Lizanich, senior, The Bishop’s School; Nick Miller, sophomore, ; Dylan Baker, sophomore, Coronado; Tyler Umansky, sophomore, Coronado.

Both the () 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 two.

Arizona State at No. 7 was the third of four teams in the Top 25, but Concordia, Arizona, San Diego State and UNLV are listed as also receiving votes.

RMLC club , in its last season as an MCLA club before moving to NCAA Division I in 2019, was ranked No. 8.

2018 Under Armour MCLA Division I Preseason

Rank  Team               Points    First-place votes
1.    Grand Canyon        590          22
2.    Chapman             557           2
3.    California          542    
4.    Brigham Young       501    
5.    Georgia Tech        498    
6.    Colorado            495    
7.    Arizona State       448    
8.                    421    
9.    Virginia Tech       413    
10.   Cal Poly            387    
11.   Florida State       357    
12.   Colorado State      343    
13.    State      299    
14.   Oregon              291    
15.   UC Santa Barbara    220    
16.   Northeastern        204    
17.   Minnesota           174    
18.   Liberty             167    
19.   Southern Methodist  140    
19.   Connecticut         140    
21.   Sonoma State        108    
22.   Simon Fraser         90    
23.   Texas                84    
24.   Oregon State         75    
25.   Boston College       68    

Also receiving votes: Concordia-Irvine (58), Arizona (52), San Diego State (22), Pittsburgh (19), Davenport (10), UNLV (7), Missouri (7), Santa Clara (3), (2), Oklahoma (2), Texas Christian (2), Georgia (1), Washington (1), South Carolina (1), New Hampshire (1).