Stanford Maintains Top Spot in Women’s Water Polo Poll

With upsets at a minimum on Week 5 of the collegiate women’s water polo season, it is no surprise that movement in the Top 25 was minimal.

Stanford and UCLA maintain the top two positions in the poll for the second straight week. The Cardinal tallied a pair of Top 20 wins, besting #18 Pacific 17-3  behind four Madison Stamen goals and #12 Fresno State 8-6 with help from a Sarah Klass hat trick. The Bruins had the week off from competition.

There was only one small adjustment to the Top 10. Hawaii and USC, who were tied at #3 in the Feb. 12 poll, have separated with the Rainbow Wahine holding down the #3 position, while the Women of Troy fell one place to #4.

Hawaii returns to action today (Wednesday) after 17 days away from the pool. The Rainbow Wahine (8-0) face Azusa Pacific at 9 p.m. ET, marking their first action since posting five wins at the ASU Cross Conference Challenge, Feb. 1-2.

USC won its lone contest on Week 5, edging past #6 UC Irvine 9-6 on Saturday. The Women of Troy were led by Denise Mammolito and Kelsey McIntosh, who each netted a hat trick.

Princeton climbed two spots from #21 to #19 after going 2-1 at home last weekend. The Tigers fell to #17 Wagner to open the Princeton Invitational, but rebounded with wins over #22 San Diego State (7-5) and Long Island Brooklyn (13-9).

Pacific was the biggest mover of the week, falling three spots from a tie for #18 to #21 after going 0-3 at the UC Davis Aggie Invitational. The Tigers fell to #1 Stanford 17-3, #12 Fresno State 12-7 and #14 UC Davis 12-7.

Cal State East Bay earned a spot among the vote getters after splitting weekend contests with RV Santa Clara (L 15-13 OT) and Fresno Pacific (W 13-9). Adrien Van Dyke paced the Pioneers vs. Santa Clara, netting five goals, followed by three apiece from Auriel Bill and Payton Bosque. Bill racked up eight of the team’s 13 goals in the win over FPU, marking the top individual scoring effort of the week.

Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Top 25, Feb. 19, 2020

Rank Team Week 4 Poll Points
1 Stanford University 1 99
2 University of California-Los Angeles 2 95
3 University of Hawaii 3 (T) 91
4 University of Southern California 3 (T) 90
5 Arizona State University 5 84
6 University of California-Irvine 6 79
7 University of California 7 76
8 University of California-San Diego 8 73
9 University of California-Santa Barbara 9 66
10 University of Michigan 10 65
11 Fresno State University 12 57
12 Long Beach State University 11 56
13 San Jose State University 13 54
14 Indiana University 15 (T) 45
15 University of California-Davis 14 44
16 Loyola Marymount University 15 (T) 40
17 Harvard University 18 (T) 34
18 Wagner College 17 29
19 Princeton University 21 28
20 California State University-Northridge 20 24
21 University of the Pacific 18 (T) 23
22 San Diego State University 22 18
23 Bucknell University 23 13
24 Marist College 24 8
25 California Baptist University 25 3
RV Sonoma State University RV 2
RV Azusa Pacific University RV 2
RV Brown University RV 1
RV California State University, East Bay NR 1

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