#2 Beats #1 to Shake Up NCAA Men’s Water Polo (Week 3)

There will likely be a new #1 in Wednesday’s collegiate men’s water polo poll as #2 UC Santa Barbara continued its tear up the rankings by knocking off newly minted #1 Stanford 15-10 on Friday, moving to a school record 13-0 start.

The Gauchos also picked up one of two overtime wins on the week, edging out #6 Pepperdine 16-15 on Thursday.

There was one more Top 10 upset ahead on the week as #8 Cal downed #7 UC Davis on Sunday.


  • #2 UC Santa Barbara def. #1 Stanford 15-10 – The Gauchos scored the first two goals of the game and went on to a 6-2 halftime advantage. Stanford cut the margin to two at 9-7 and again at 10-8, before UCSB poured on five goals down the stretch, including the final score by Sean Rosenberg with 11 seconds left. Leo Yuno paced the Gauchos with four goals, while Nathan Puentes added a hat trick. Ben Hallock put in three goals to lead Stanford.
  • #19 Cal Baptist def. #18 San Jose State 9-8 – The Lancers boasted a slight 5-4 edge at the half, but SJSU countered with two goals in the third quarter to knot the score at 6-all and even took a 7-6 lead on a penalty by Marc Weber with 7:42 to play in the fourth. Cal Baptist answered with a power play goal less than a minute later and put in a penalty at the 5:38 mark to go up 8-7. Weber leveled the score at 8 with 2:28 to go, before PJ McDonough scored the game winner for CBU with 2:06 left. Gabe Thorne saved two SJSU shots down the stretch. McDonough, Logan Mena and Joseph Galgani each scored twice for the Lancers, while Weber paced SJSU with a hat trick.
  • RV Air Force def. #20 Brown 14-12 – Air Force used a 4-0 run to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead of its own. Two goals in the final 90 seconds of the first half put the Falcons up 7-3. The teams were tied at 12 with 1:11 to play in the fourth quarter but Grant Snyder and Henry Yavitt deposited goals in the final minute to give Air Force the upset. Reagan Pittman led the Falcons with four goals, while Matt Simko was the top scorer for Brown with three goals.
  • RV Fordham def. #13 Bucknell 17-15 – The Rams snapped a 24-game home winning streak for the Bison behind a five-goal effort by Dimitris Koukias and a hat trick by Jake Miller-Tolt. Fordham outscored Bucknell 6-3 in the third quarter vaulting into a 14-11 lead and holding on for the win. Rade Joksimovic put in five goals for the Bison, while Andu Vlasceanu added a hat trick.
  • #8 Cal def. #7 UC Davis 14-10 – Jasmin Kolasinac and Safak Simsek scored four goals apiece and Nikolaos Papnikolaou turned in a hat trick to push the Bears to the victory. Cal led 8-6 at the half and outdid the Aggies 4-2 in the final quarter to seal the win. Ten different players notched a goal in the loss for UC Davis.


  • #2 UC Santa Barbara def. #6 Pepperdine 16-15 – UCSB stayed perfect (11-0) on the season, edging out Pepperdine on Thursday in Game 2 of a doubleheader. The Gauchos led 12-9 with 5:56 minutes to go in regulation, but the Waves got goals from Mate Toth (3:59), Sean Ferrari (3:22) and Sean Thomas (2:06) to tie it up at 12. Each team scored in the final two minutes to send it to extra time at 13-all. Pepperdine scored first in overtime, just 49 seconds in on a Balazs Kosa penalty, and kept UCSB off the board the rest of the stanza. In the second extra period, UCSB knotted it up on a Cole Brosnan score (2:20), but Chris Dilsworth responded just 17 seconds later for the Waves (2:03). A UCSB penalty shot by Nathan Puentes leveled it again at 15 with 34 seconds left and a final score by Brosnan, his fourth of the game, came with three ticks left to give the Gauchos the win. Puentes added a hat trick for UCSB among nine scorers, while Ferrari, Kosa and Toth each notched three goals for Pepperdine.
  • #8 Cal def. #18 San Jose State 13-11 – Garrett Dunn and Nikolaos Papanikolaou had Cal up 10-8 with 7:05 left in the fourth quarter, but Finn Pardon sent the game to overtime with two goals. The Bears seized the overtime advantage with two goals in the first extra stanza and maintained the edge to squash the Spartans’ upset bid. Pardon ended up with a game-high five goals, while Papanikolaou scored four times for Cal.

Week 3 Collegiate Water Polo Results

Sept. 18 RV Pomona-Pitzer at Cal Tech Pomona-Pitzer 15-9
Sept. 19 Ottawa (Arizona) at #2 UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara 19-2
Ottawa (Arizona) vs. #6 Pepperdine Pepperdine 27-6
#6 Pepperdine at #2 UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara 16-15 OT
#9 Long Beach State at #5 USC USC 13-6
Sept. 20 #10 UC Irvine at RV Concordia (Irvine) UC Irvine 12-10
RV Navy at La Salle Navy 21-13
#2 UC Santa Barbara at #1 Stanford UC Santa Barbara 15-10
#11 UC San Diego at Fresno Pacific UC San Diego 15-6
UC Davis Aggie Round-Up – Davis, California
#19 Cal Baptist vs. #7 UC Davis UC Davis 13-6
Austin College vs. #19 Cal Baptist Cal Baptist 19-6
Austin College vs. #4 Pacific Pacific 20-4
Sept. 21 Wagner at #14 Princeton Princeton 9-3
Monmouth at McKendree Monmouth 18-10
Monmouth at McKendree McKendree 22-5
Cal Tech at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 17-2
Pomona-Pitzer at Cal Lutheran Pomona-Pitzer 9-6
RV Concordia (Irvine) at Redlands Redlands 12-9
Wagner vs. RV Navy Navy 12-10
#2 UCLA at #6 Pepperdine UCLA 14-12
Fresno Pacific vs. #2 UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara 21-7
#14 Loyola Marymount at Fresno Pacific Loyola Marymount 18-10
RV Navy at #14 Princeton Princeton 12-10
UC Davis Aggie Round-Up – Davis, California
#19 Cal Baptist vs. #8 Cal Cal 16-7
Ottawa (Arizona) vs. #4 Pacific Pacific 22-4
Austin College vs. RV Whittier Whittier 18-6
#18 San Jose State vs. #19 Cal Baptist Cal Baptist 9-8
RV Santa Clara vs. Ottawa (Arizona) Santa Clara 22-11
#1 Stanford at #7 UC Davis Stanford 16-8
RV Whittier vs. #4 Pacific Pacific 19-7
#8 Cal vs. #18 San Jose State Cal 13-11 OT
Austin College at RV Santa Clara Santa Clara 17-5
Air Force Invitational (USAF Academy, Colorado)
Chapman vs. #9 Long Beach State Long Beach State 25-9
Lindenwood at RV Air Force Air Force 15-8
#9 Long Beach State vs. #20 Brown Long Beach State 18-13
Lindenwood vs. Chapman Lindenwood 20-19
#20 Brown at RV Air Force Air Force 14-12
Bucknell Invitational (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Mercyhurst vs. La Salle LaSalle 12-8
#14 St. Francis Brooklyn vs. #14 George Washington St. Francis Brooklyn 11-7
Johns Hopkins vs. #12 Harvard Harvard 16-5
RV Fordham at #13 Bucknell Fordham 17-15
Washington & Jefferson vs. Salem Salem 21-8
#14 St. Francis Brooklyn vs. Johns Hopkins St. Francis Brooklyn 16-13
Mercyhurst at #13 Bucknell Bucknell 13-1
RV Fordham vs. Salem Fordham 11-8
#14 George Washington vs. #12 Harvard Harvard 13-8
Washington & Jefferson vs. La Salle LaSalle 12-5
Connecticut College Invite (New London, Connecticut)
Penn State Behrend at Connecticut College Connecticut College 11-8
Cerritos College vs. MIT (Exh.) MIT 13-7
Penn State Behrend vs. Saddleback College Penn State Behrend 14-13
MIT at Connecticut College MIT 18-7
Penn State Behrend vs. MIT MIT 18-8
Sept. 22
Connecticut College Invite (New London, Connecticut)
Penn State Behrend at Iona Iona 15-7
Iona vs. Saddleback College Iona 19-10
Iona vs. Cerritos College Cerritos 8-5
Air Force Invitational (USAF Academy, Colorado)
Chapman vs. #20 Brown Brown 13-9
#9 Long Beach State at RV Air Force Long Beach State 12-9
Lindenwood vs. #9 Long Beach State Long Beach State 20-6
Chapman at RV Air Force Air Force 21-13
Bucknell Invitational (Lewisburg, Pa.)
#12 Harvard vs. Mercyhurst Harvard 18-5
Wagner vs. RV Fordham Fordham 13-9
Johns Hopkins vs. #14 George Washington George Washington 16-7
Washington & Jefferson vs. #14 St. Francis Brooklyn St. Francis Brooklyn 25-5
Salem vs. #12 Harvard Harvard 23-4
Wagner at #13 Bucknell Bucknell 17-5
LaSalle vs. RV Fordham Fordham 15-9
Salem vs. RV George Washington George Washington 21-10
Mercyhurst vs. Johns Hopkins Johns Hopkins 16-11
LaSalle at #13 Bucknell Bucknell 16-10
UC Davis Aggie Round-Up – Davis, California
RV Santa Clara vs. RV Whittier Santa Clara 11-9
#4 Pacific vs. #18 San Jose State Pacific 14-12
#8 Cal at #7 UC Davis Cal 14-10
Ottawa (Arizona) at #7 UC Davis UC Davis 16-4
RV Whittier vs. #18 San Jose State San Jose State 15-9
#8 Cal vs. RV Santa Clara Cal 12-9
Ottawa (Arizona) vs. #18 San Jose State San Jose State 22-6

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