Grand Canyon vs. Notre Dame De Namur
February 14, 2009
The Game Story:
Grand Canyon is waiting for that breakout game. A spark, something. Hippensteel

It didn't come Saturday in a 16-6 loss to Notre Dame de Namur, a growing tradition-rich lacrosse program, which will see the Antelopes (0-2) again later this season.

"We did better mentally," Lopes assistant coach Bill Lowe said. "The offense looked great in some spots. We moved the ball around."

GCU goalkeeper Andrew Hunter made 18 saves in what most called a pretty dynamite performance. But the Argonauts (1-0) scored five goals in the second period and six in the fourth to coast to a comfortable win.

"It was our normal nemesis the last few games," Lowe said. "It was our transition defense. They've been getting transition goals off us."

Pat Murphy had two goals for the Lopes, who scooped up 35 ground balls to the Argos' 50.

Jacob Hippensteel, Billy Lloyd, Trey Whistle and Keith Bridgeforth each scored one goal. Scott Franks had three assists.

"We're on the right path," Lowe said. "We're getting better every day in practice. I feel better. We're improving each day. Each game we're improving."

GCU was 11 of 26 in faceoffs, while NDNU was 15 of 26. The Lopes were 0 for 2 on the powere play, while NDNU was 3 of 4.

Conrad Clevlen had four goals and an assist, and Drew Comeau four goals and an assist for NDNU. Nick Campo had five assists.

Hunter and his brother Richard have been pleasant additions to a team still awaiting a full lineup.

"He played an excellent game," Lowe said of the goalie. "Andrew's actually been carrying us the last two games."

GCU will play at Biola on Friday and Southern Maine in Whittier, Calif., on Saturday. The Lopes lost to Biola, 15-13, a year ago.

"The kids are looking forward to the rematch this year," Lowe said.