Courtesy: Collegiate Water Polo
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The Golden Bears of the University of California retain the No. 1 position in the nation as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases the Week 6/March 3 Winter 2021 Men’s Varsity National Top 10 and Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Top Five Polls.
In the MAWPC Top Five rankings, Bucknell University takes over at No. 1 following the decision of the United States Naval Academy to conclude the Midshipmen’s competitive schedule prior to the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Championship.
Voted on by a panel of coaches from the MAWPC, Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC), Golden Coast Conference, Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the polls are compiled and released on Wednesdays during the abbreviated Winter 2021 season through the week following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship slated for March 18, 20 and 21 on the campus of Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.
WINTER 2021 MEN’S VARSITY NATIONAL TOP 10 (WEEK 6)
The University of California stays in front of the field for another week as the Golden Bears top the Week 6/March 3 National Men’s Varsity Top 10 Poll. The National Top 10 is a change from the normally released Top 20 due to a decrease in the number of varsity programs competing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Changes are not plentiful in the Top 10, but do occur at No. 2 and 9 for the second week in a row.
Behind Cal (97 points), Stanford University (95 points) takes over sole possession of the runner-up position after tying with the University of California-Los Angeles (91 points) last week.
UCLA, the University of Southern California (87 points), Pepperdine University (82 points), Loyola Marymount University (73 points), California Baptist University (71 points) and the United States Air Force Academy (66 points) rate at No. 3-to-8, respectively.
The United States Naval Academy (52 points), which was tied with San Jose State University at No. 9 last week, gains a new dance partner in Bucknell University (52 points) to complete the Top 10.
WINTER 2021 MEN’S VARSITY TOP 10 (WEEK 6/MARCH 3)
|Rank||Team||Week 5 Poll||Points|
|1||University of California||1||97|
|2||Stanford University||2 (T)||95|
|3||University of California-Los Angeles||2 (T)||91|
|4||University of Southern California||4||87|
|6||Loyola Marymount University||6||73|
|7||California Baptist University||7||71|
|8||United States Air Force Academy||8||66|
|9 (T)||Bucknell University||RV||52|
|9 (T)||United States Naval Academy||9 (T)||52|
|RV||San Jose State University||9 (T)||49|
|RV||Santa Clara University||RV||46|
|RV||George Washington University||RV||42|
|RV||La Salle University||RV||28|
|RV||Fresno Pacific University||RV||21|
|RV||Mount St. Mary’s University||RV||11|
WINTER 2021 MEN’S VARSITY MID-ATLANTIC WATER POLO CONFERENCE TOP 5 (WEEK 6)
Changes abound in the Week 6/March 3 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Top Five poll due to the United States Naval Academy and Fordham University terminating their seasons early.
Bucknell University (99 points) – which ranked at No. 2 last week behind Navy – takes over at No. 1 as the Midshipmen and Rams are not ranked this week.
George Washington University (94 points) – which ranked at No. 5 last week – climbs to No. 2 due to the loss of previously No. 1 Navy and No. 3 Fordham University. The Colonials also usurp formerly No. 4 La Salle University (88 points) as GW claimed a 9-8 defeat of the Explorers on Sunday, February 28.
MAWPC-West Champion McKendree University (88 points) moves up from receiving votes to tie with La Salle at No. 3, while Iona College (49 points) concludes the Top Five by claiming the final spot.
WINTER 2021 MEN’S VARSITY MID-ATLANTIC WATER POLO CONFERENCE TOP 5 (WEEK 6/MARCH 3)
|Rank||Team||Week 5 Poll||Points|
|2||Georg Washington University||5||94|
|3 (T)||McKendree University||RV||88|
|3 (T)||La Salle University||4||88|