With just four Week 5 upsets and just one involving a Top 10 team, it is no surprise that the rankings stayed relatively calm.
#1 Stanford (11-1) held down the top spot for the second straight week after besting #3 Pacific 11-8 on Sunday with help from hat tricks by Tyler Abramson and AJ Rossman.
The Cardinal are followed by #2 UCLA and #3 Pacific, who maintain their poll positions from a week ago. USC and UC Santa Barbara swapped spots, checking in a #4 and #5 respectively after the Trojans avenged their Sept. 15 loss to the Gauchos with a 10-9 win on Sunday. Jake Erhardt put int he game winner for USC with 6:48 to play in the fourth quarter, but it was Jacob Mercep to paced the team offensively, notching a hat trick.
The only other movement in the Top 10 saw Harvard climb two spots from #12 to #10, bumping Loyola Marymount and UC Davis, who were tied for 10th last week to #11 and #12 respectively. The Crimson went 3-0 last week, topping #18 Princeton 12-9, #17 St. Francis Brooklyn 17-15 and Iona 19-9. Dennis Blyashov netted 13 goals on the weekend to lead the Harvard attack.
Fordham was the biggest mover of the week, jumping back into the Top 20 at #17 after a week among the vote getters. The Rams downed #16 Cal Baptist 11-10 in overtime thanks to hat tricks by Jake Miller-Tolt and Dimitris Koukias. Miller-Tolt sealed the upset, sinking a penalty shot with 37 seconds left in the second overtime stanza.
Cal Baptist kept its spot in the Top 20 but fell from #16 to the #20 position after going 1-3 at the Gary Troyer Tournament. The Lancers fell to RV Fordham (11-10 OT), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (8-7) and #18 Pomona-Pitzer (10-7), but topped #20 Whittier (12-11).
Whittier fell out of the Top 20, dropping to a spot among the five vote getters outside of the poll.
Santa Clara and Navy each were mentioned among the vote getters on in this week’s poll. The Broncos went 4-0 at the Gary Troyer Tournament, besting Cal Lutheran (14-5), Wagner (13-11), La Verne (17-12) and Occidental (18-10), moving to 8-4 on the year. Navy is back among the vote getters after a 4-0 weekend, besting Air Force (13-12), Chapman (19-11), Redlands (13-11) and Concordia (Irvine)(13-11) to move to 11-6.
Week 6 action begins at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday when #1 Stanford takes on RV Santa Clara.
|Oct. 9||#1 Stanford at RV Santa Clara||7 p.m.||Watch||Live Stats|
|Cal Tech at Occidental||10 p.m.||Watch|
|Chapman at RV Whittier||10 p.m.||Watch||Live Stats|
|Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at #18 Pomona-Pitzer||10 p.m.||Watch||Live Stats|
|La Verne at Redlands||10 p.m.||Watch||Live Stats|
Collegiate Water Polo Men’s Top 20
|Rank||Team||Week 4 Poll||Points|
|2||University of California-Los Angeles||2||94|
|3||University of the Pacific||3||88|
|4||University of Southern California||5||87|
|5||University of California-Santa Barbara||4||82|
|6||University of California||6||74|
|8||Long Beach State University||8||65|
|9||University of California-San Diego||9||58|
|11||Loyola Marymount University||10 (T)||51|
|12||University of California-Davis||10 (T)||41|
|13||University of California-Irvine||13||37|
|14||George Washington University||15||29|
|16||St. Francis College Brooklyn||17||23|
|18||Pomona-Pitzer Colleges||18 (T)||20|
|19||Princeton University||18 (T)||13|
|20||California Baptist University||16||10|
|RV||San Jose State University||RV||6|
|RV||Santa Clara University||NR||2|
|RV||United States Naval Academy||NR||1|