5 Upsets, 3 Overtime Affairs Highlight Collegiate Men’s Water Polo Week 1

Five upsets and three overtime games highlighted the opening weekend of the collegiate men’s water polo season.

#7 UC Santa Barbara pulled off two Top 10 upsets, defeating #4 Cal and #5 Long Beach State en route to the Triton Invitational title.

Long Beach State meanwhile was part of two of the three extra-time contests of the weekend, besting #10 UC Davis in double overtime and #13 UC Irvine.

Upsets

  • RV St. Francis Brooklyn edged out #16 Cal Baptist 11-10 on Saturday at the Bruno Classic. Ivan Stefanovic put in four goals to lead the charge for the Terriers, which led 6-4 at the half and held on despite a 3-1 surge for the Lancers in the fourth quarter.
  • #13 UC Irvine topped #9 UC San Diego 5-4 at the Triton Invitational on Saturday. The Anteaters scored in every quarter and led 4-2 after three stanzas, outlasting a final 2-1 push by the Tritons. Zlatan Nikocevic notched a hat trick for UCI.
  • RV Brown downed #16 Cal Baptist 16-14 at the Bruno Classic on Sunday. Nine players scored for the Bears, including hat tricks by James Thygesen and Hudson Rawlings, as Brown put in four goals in each period en route to the win. CBU was outscored 8-6 in the second half.
  • #7 UC Santa Barbara handed #4 Cal its first loss, besting the Bears 8-5 at the Triton Invitational on Sunday. The Gauchos snapped a 4-all halftime knotup by outscoring the Bears 4-1 in the third quarter to steal away the win. Six players scored for UCSB, led by two-goal efforts by Ivan Gvozdanovic and Nathan Puentes. It was the Gauchos’ first win over Cal since 2004.
  • #7 UC Santa Barbara knocked off #5 Long Beach State 12-9 to captured first place at the Triton Invitational on Sunday. The Gauchos went up 8-3 with a five-goal second quarter only to see the 49ers tie it up at 9 midway through the fourth stanza. Adam Lott, Nathan Puentes and Tommy Fellner scored in the final two minutes to give UCSB the win.

Overtime

  • Brown defeated Wagner 13-10 with two overtimes to open the Bruno Classic on Saturday. Wagner went up 9-8 with 11 seconds left to play on a goal by Matthew Miller, but Brown’s Hudson Rawlings countered with three seconds to go to send the game to overtime. The teams traded goals in the first overtime, before Brown poured on three in the second extra period, one by Matt Simko and back to back scores by James Thygesen, to seal the win.
  • #5 Long Beach State squeaked past #10 UC Davis 13-10 in overtime on Saturday at the Triton Invitational. After falling behind 2-0 in the first quarter, LBSU outscored the Aggies 10-8 down the stretch to force overtime. Each team scored in the first overtime, but Matt Morris put in his second goal of the day to secure the 49er win with 1:20 to play in the second OT. Johnathan Wong led LBSU with four goals, while Nir Gross put in five for UC Davis.
  • #5 Long Beach State moved past #13 UC Irvine 10-8 in overtime at the Triton Invitational on Sunday. The 49ers led 3-2 at the half, but UCI outscored them 3-2 in the fourth period to send the game to overtime tied at 7. Casey Lynton scored the first goal of extra time for the Anteaters, his third of the game, but LBSU countered with three goals to grab the win. LBSU’s Austin Stewart put in a game-high four goals.
Date Matchup Result
Sept. 7
Air Force Invitational (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
La Verne vs. Salem Salem 15-14
#15 George Washington at RV Air Force George Washington 20-16
Ottawa (Arizona) vs. La Verne LaVerne 23-11
#15 George Washington vs. Salem George Washington 17-4
Redlands at RV Air Force Air Force 15-7
Navy Labor Day Open (Annapolis, Maryland)
LaSalle vs. #12 Princeton Princeton 15-4
#2 Stanford at RV Navy Stanford 26-3
Fordham vs. #2 UCLA UCLA 15-3
Austin College vs. Johns Hopkins Johns Hopkins 15-10
#2 Stanford vs. Iona Stanford 20-1
#2 UCLA vs. #12 Princeton UCLA 13-5
Johns Hopkins at RV Navy Navy 19-8
Fordham vs. Iona Fordham 15-7
Austin College vs. La Salle LaSalle 14-11
Washington & Jefferson Invitational (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Penn State Behrend at Washington & Jefferson Penn State Behrend 13-9
Mercyhurst vs. Gannon Gannon 19-8
Penn State Behrend vs. Gannon Gannon 17-9
Mercyhurst at Washington & Jefferson Mercyhurst 11-5
Bruno Classic (Providence, Rhode Island)
Wagner at Brown Brown 13-10 OT
MIT vs. #16 Bucknell Bucknell 15-9
Connecticut College vs. Cal Lutheran Cal Lutheran 16-6
McKendree at #20 Brown Brown 18-16
RV St. Francis Brooklyn vs. #16 Cal Baptist St. Francis Brooklyn 11-10
Wagner vs. MIT MIT 18-12
Cal Lutheran at #20 Brown Brown 14-7
RV St. Francis Brooklyn vs. McKendree St. Francis Brooklyn 18-7
#16 Bucknell vs. #16 Cal Baptist Bucknell 20-19
Connecticut College at #20 Brown Brown 10-5
Citrus Tournament (Fullerton, Calif.)
Cal Tech at Cypress Cal Tech 13-10
Occidental at Citrus College Occidental 23-1
Triton Invitational (La Jolla, Calif.)
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at #9 UC San Diego UC San Diego 12-2
#4 Cal vs. RV Whittier Cal 22-2
#5 Long Beach State vs. Fresno Pacific Long Beach State 19-7
Chapman vs. #10 UC Davis UC Davis 22-5
Concordia (Irvine) vs. #7 UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara 12-7
#7 Pepperdine vs. #19 Pomona-Pitzer Pepperdine 12-8
#13 UC Irvine at #9 UC San Diego UC Irvine 5-4
#4 Cal vs. #14 Loyola Marymount Cal 14-9
#5 Long Beach State vs. #10 UC Davis Long Beach State 13-12 (OT)
Chapman vs. Fresno Pacific Chapman 10-9
#7 UC Santa Barbara vs. #7 Pepperdine UC Santa Barbara 11-5
#19 Pomona-Pitzer vs. Concordia (Irvine) Pomona-Pitzer 12-9
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. #13 UC Irvine UC Irvine 8-7
#14 Loyola Marymount vs. RV Whittier LMU 12-10
Pacific Invitational (Stockton, Calif.)
RV Santa Clara at #5 Pacific (Exh.) Pacific 13-8
Cuesta College vs. #18 San Jose State San Jose State 15-13
#18 San Jose State at #5 Pacific Pacific 16-11
Cuesta College vs. RV Santa Clara (Exh.) Santa Clara 12-6
RV Santa Clara vs. #18 San Jose State (Exh.) San Jose State 10-9
Cuesta College at #5 Pacific (Exh.) Pacific 21-10
Sept. 8 Occidental vs. Fullerton College Occidental 19-6
Occidental vs. Santa Monica College Occidental 15-2
Occidental vs. Cypress Occidental 16-7
Cal Tech vs. Citrus College Cal Tech 19-4
Cal Tech at Fullerton College Cal Tech 13-11
Air Force Invitational (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Redlands vs. #15 George Washington George Washington 10-7
La Verne at RV Air Force Air Force 23-9
Redlands vs. Salem Redlands 20-11
La Verne vs. #15 George Washington George Washington 19-11
Salem at RV Air Force Air Force 20-4
Washington & Jefferson Invitational (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Gannon vs. Michigan State Club (Exh.)
Gannon at Washington & Jefferson (Exh.) Washington & Jefferson (5-0 forfeit)
Navy Labor Day Open (Annapolis, Maryland)
Johns Hopkins vs. #2 Stanford Stanford 22-2
Austin College vs. #12 Princeton Princeton 18-5
Fordham vs. La Salle Fordham 15-6
#2 UCLA at RV Navy UCLA 20-7
#2 Stanford vs. #12 Princeton Stanford 22-8
Johns Hopkins vs. Iona Iona 18-14
#2 UCLA vs. La Salle UCLA 20-2
Fordham vs. Austin College Fordham 21-4
Iona at RV Navy Navy 18-9
Bruno Classic (Providence, Rhode Island/Cambridge, Mass.)
Wagner vs. RV St. Francis Brooklyn St. Francis Brooklyn 10-9
MIT vs. McKendree* MIT 23-14
#16 Bucknell at #20 Brown Bucknell 17-9
#11 Harvard vs. Cal Lutheran* Harvard 16-7
Wagner vs. #16 Cal Baptist Cal Baptist 17-6
#16 Bucknell vs. RV St. Francis Brooklyn Bucknell 13-10
MIT vs. Cal Lutheran* MIT 7-6
#16 Cal Baptist at #20 Brown Brown 16-14
#11 Harvard vs. McKendree* Harvard 20-8
Triton Invitational (La Jolla, Calif.)
#19 Pomona-Pitzer vs. Fresno Pacific Pomona-Pitzer 14-6
RV Whittier College vs. Concordia (Irvine) Whittier 11-9
#9 UC San Diego vs. #10 UC Davis UC San Diego 12-8
#7 Pepperdine vs. #14 Loyola Marymount Pepperdine 19-14
#13 UC Irvine vs. #5 Long Beach State Long Beach State 10-8 (OT)
#7 UC Santa Barbara vs. #4 Cal UC Santa Barbara 8-5
#19 Pomona Pitzer vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Pomona-Pitzer 8-5
Chapman vs. RV Whittier Whittier 10-5
5th Place #7 Pepperdine vs. #9 UC San Diego Pepperdine 11-8
7th Place #10 UC Davis vs. #14 Loyola Marymount UC Davis 14-13
1st Place #7 UC Santa Barbara vs. #5 Long Beach State UC Santa Barbara 12-9
3rd Place #4 Cal vs. #13 UC Irvine Cal 11-6
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Fresno Pacific Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 7-4
Concordia (Irvine) vs. Chapman Concordia 13-12

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Lisa Schaffer

Nice photo, Nathan Puentes! But I still think you would have made an amazing swimmer, had you mastered your underwaters a bit more 🙂

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