#6 Pepperdine, RV Santa Clara Score WP Week 11 Upsets

Collegiate men’s water polo regular season play wrapped up with 19 matches.

Week 11’s #1 teams Stanford and USC both came up victorious in their final MPSF contests.

The Trojans squeaked past #7 Cal 14-13, thanks in part to a 7-4 halftime advantage and a four-goal effort by Hannes Daube. Jake Ehrhardt also chipped in a hat trick in the USC win. Nikolaos Papanikolaou and Jordan Hoover scored three goals apiece for the Bears.

Stanford left no doubt in its 17-11 win over UCLA. The Cardinal led 13-6 at the half, including a seven-goal second quarter. Ben Hallock dropped in five goals, while Bennett Williams and AJ Rossman added four and three scores respectively. UCLA got two goals each from Jake Cavano, Matthew Kacura and Nicolas Saveljic.

There was one Top 10 upset with #6 Pepperdine edging past #5 UC Santa Barbara. In other Top 20 action, RV Santa Clara knocked off #12 San Jose State.


  • RV Santa Clara def. #12 San Jose State 11-10 – Santa Clara led 7-6 at the half, after a four-goal second quarter, and held on for the win as both teams scored four goals down the stretch. The teams tied at 8 and 10, before Shane Hughes put in the game winner on a power play with 4:32 left. Patrick Kirk scored four times for the Broncos, while Finn Pardon and Adam Bado led the Spartans with two goals apiece.
  • #6 Pepperdine def. #5 UC Santa Barbara 17-10 – UCSB went up 4-3 in the first eight minutes, but Pepperdine charged back putting in five goals in the second quarter and eight in the third to pull away in the 17-10 win. Six different players scored in the offensive explosion with Chris Dilworth putting in two goals. Sean Thomas, Balazs Kosa and Dilworth each put in a hat trick for the Waves. Nathan Puentes and Leo Yuno notched three goals in for UCSB.


  • Pomona-Pitzer def. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 10-9 SD – It took eight periods of play, including two in sudden death, before Pomona-Pitzer claimed the win on a goal by Dylan Elliott with 2:38 left in the final stanza. The teams went to overtime tied at eight after Claremont-Mudd-Scripps scored twice in the fourth quarter. Both teams managed a goal in the second overtime period.  Elliott finally ended the game in the second sudden death period by finding the back of the net for the fourth time in the game. Will Clark, Christian Thornton and Ethan Lewis each scored twice for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
  • #8 Long Beach State def. #13 Loyola Marymount 21-20 OT – The 49ers won despite an eight-goal output by LMU’s Blazo Mitrovic and hat tricks by David Carrasco and Jonny Rimlinger. LBSU got five-goal outings from Rafael Real Vergara and Austin Stewart, while Theodoros Pateros added four scores. LMU led 10-7 at the half only to see LBSU score seven times in the third quarter to knot the score at 14. Both teams scored four goals in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime at 18-all. The teams traded goals in the first overtime period, but LBSU got goals from Pateros and Stewart to go up 21-19 in the second. Alexandros Athymaritis scored the final goal of the day for LMU with 1:06 left.

Collegiate Water Polo Week 11 Results

Nov. 12 #16 Fordham vs. RV St. Francis Brooklyn Fordham 9-8
Nov. 13 Redlands at La Verne Redlands 10-9
#12 San Jose State at RV Santa Clara Santa Clara 11-10
Occidental at Cal Tech Occidental 10-8
RV Whittier at Chapman Whittier 22-9
Pomona-Pitzer at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Pomona-Pitzer 10-9 SD
RV Concordia (Irvine) at #14 UC Irvine UC Irvine 16-5
Nov. 14 #8 Long Beach State at #13 Loyola Marymount Long Beach State 21-20 OT
Nov. 16 #15 Bucknell at #16 Fordham Bucknell 9-6
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Cal Tech Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 14-3
Chapman at Redlands Redlands 10-9
Cal Lutheran at RV Pomona-Pitzer Pomona-Pitzer 15-9
Occidental at RV Whittier Whittier 13-8
#5 UC Santa Barbara at #6 Pepperdine Pepperdine 17-10
#4 Pacific at #12 San Jose State Pacific 13-8
#3 UCLA at #1 Stanford Stanford 17-11
#8 Long Beach State at #14 UC Irvine Long Beach State 11-8
#1 USC at #7 Cal USC 14-13
La Salle vs. #16 Fordham Fordham 10-9

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