NCAA Win Moves Bucknell Water Polo Up 2 Spots to #10 in CWPA Poll

Although there was only one collegiate men’s water polo match on Week 13, there were small movements across this week’s CWPA Top 20 poll.

#1 Stanford and #2 USC are followed by #3 UCLA, #4 Pepperdine and #5 Pacific. The Bruins, Waves and Tigers were in a three-way tie at #3 a week ago.

UC Davis moved up one spot from 9 to 10. Bucknell, which won the lone match of the week, handing then #9 Harvard its first defeat of the year with a 13-12 decision in the NCAA first round, climbed two spots from #12 to #10. The Crimson, meanwhile, fell three spots from #9 to #12 with the loss.

UC Irvine took sole possession of the #14 spot, while Cal Baptist dropped from a tie at #14 to #15.

Princeton and Loyola Marymount swapped spots, winding up at #17 and #18 respectively.

Week 14 action begins with the NCAA quarterfinals on Thursday in Stockton, California, with Bucknell facing off with USC and UC Davis taking on Pepperdine. The winners of those matches move on to face Stanford and Pacific respectively in Saturday’s semifinals. The national champion will be crowned on Sunday.

The USA Water Polo Division III Championship is set for Saturday and Sunday in Whittier, California. On Saturday, the host Whittier Poets take on MIT, while Johns Hopkins is set to play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. On Sunday, the losers will play in the third place game at 1:30 p.m. ET and the winners will battle for the title at 3:30 p.m. ET. A live stream of all four matches will be available here.

CWPA Top 20 Poll – Dec. 4, 2019

Rank Team Week 12 Poll Points
1 Stanford University 1 100
2 University of Southern California 2 92
3 University of California-Los Angeles 3 (T) 87
4 Pepperdine University 3 (T) 84
5 University of the Pacific 3 (T) 82
6 University of California-Santa Barbara 6 75
7 Long Beach State University 7 70
8 University of California 8 69
9 University of California-Davis 10 58
10 (T) Bucknell University 12 49
10 (T) University of California-San Diego 11 49
12 Harvard University 9 48
13 San Jose State University 13 38
14 University of California-Irvine 14 (T) 30
15 California Baptist University 14 (T) 29
16 George Washington University 16 25
17 Princeton University 18 20
18 Loyola Marymount University 17 16
19 Brown University 19 12
20 Santa Clara University 20 10
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