The Top 5 remained in tact after Week 6 of collegiate men’s water polo play, while several small shifts also highlighted the Oct. 16 Top 20 poll.
#1 Stanford holds down the position for the third straight week after downing #8 Long Beach State (11-5) and #13 UC Irvine (16-7). Dylan Woodhead put in four goals to lead the Cardinal against LBSU, while Ben Hallock logged a hat trick vs. the Anteaters.
#6 Pepperdine moved up a spot from #7 after edging then #6 Cal 13-12 in overtime thanks to a Curtis Jarvis game winner with five seconds remaining. Marko Asic and Balasz Kosa notched hat tricks in the upset.
With the loss, Cal dropped two spots to #8.
Long Beach State lost its lone match of Week 6, falling to #1 Stanford 11-5, but still managed to climb one spot to #7.
Harvard and UC San Diego swapped spots, checking in at #9 and #10 respectively.
UC Irvine and UC Davis also flip-flopped with the Anteaters checking in at #12 and the Aggies falling a spot to #13. Bucknell and George Washington also were part of the one-spot ranking changes with the Bison taking over at #14 and the Colonels dropping to #15.
The biggest move of the week saw St. Francis Brooklyn fall four spots from #16 to a tie for #20 after dropping a 13-5 decision to then #19 Princeton. That opened the rankings for Fordham, Pomona-Pitzer and Princeton to each climb one position to 16 through 18 and for San Jose State to reenter the Top 20 at #19 after receiving votes a week ago.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps earned a spot among the vote getters after recording a 9-8 win over #18 Pomona-Pitzer to open the Week 6 upsets. Ethan Lewis put in the game winner for the Sagehens, notching his fourth goal of the game, to cap the team’s rally from down 8-6.
Oct. 16 CWPA Men’s Varsity Top 20
|Rank||Team||Week 5 Poll||Points|
|2||University of California-Los Angeles||2||96|
|3||University of the Pacific||3||90|
|4||University of Southern California||4||84|
|5||University of California-Santa Barbara||5||80|
|7||Long Beach State University||8||67|
|8||University of California||6||66|
|10||University of California-San Diego||9||58|
|11||Loyola Marymount University||11||49|
|12||University of California-Irvine||13||43|
|13||University of California-Davis||12||40|
|15||George Washington University||14||26|
|19||San Jose State University||RV||10|
|20 (T)||St. Francis College Brooklyn||16||9|
|20 (T)||California Baptist University||20||9|
|RV||Santa Clara University||RV||1|