Upset Puts Stanford in CWPA #1 Spot, Bumping USC After 350 Days

USC’s nearly one year stranglehold on the top spot of the CWPA Top 25 poll has ended. Stanford takes over the #1 position after knocking off the then top-ranked Trojans 9-8 in overtime on Saturday.

The Cardinal (15-1, 3-0 MPSF) last held the #1 spot nearly one year ago, on April 11, 2018. USC assumed the top spot the following week (April 18, 2018) after downing Stanford 8-5 (April 13) and went on to win the national championship over the Cardinal (5-4) a month later (May 13).

Saturday’s loss was the first of the season for the Trojans, snapping a 37-match win streak and dropping the team to 20-1 on the season and 2-1 in MPSF play.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, UCLA kept its place at #3 with a 10-7 win over #7 Pacific. Hawaii moved up a spot to #4 after defeating then-#4 Cal 6-5 on Friday. The Bears took over the #5 position.

Last week’s #8 team, Arizona State, lost 9-7 to then-#19 San Jose State and #9 UC Santa Barbara succumbed to #11 UC Davis. Those losses dropped the Sun Devils to #10 and the Gauchos to #11. UC Irvine and UC Davis filled the openings in the top 10, each moving up two places to #8 and #9 respectively.

Princeton was the biggest mover of the week, climbing three spots from #18 to a tie for #15 after defeating then-#16 Wagner 11-10. The loss dropped the Seahawks two spots to #18.

After being ranked among the Top 25 all season, peaking at #13 in the preseason listing, Indiana (5-13) has dropped into the ranks of the vote getters.

Pomona-Pitzer (12-11) made its first appearance among the vote getters as well.

Rank Team Points Last Week
1 Stanford 100 2
2 USC 96 1
3 UCLA 92 3
4 Hawaii 88 5
5 Cal 84 4
6 Michigan 80 6
7 Pacific 76 7
8 UC Irvine 68 10
9 UC Davis 67 11
10 Arizona State 64 8
11 UC Santa Barbara 63 9
12 Long Beach State 54 12
13 Loyola Marymount 51 13
14 Harvard 48 14
T15 Princeton 38 18
T15 Fresno State 38 15
17 UC San Diego 37 17
T18 Wagner 32 16
T18 San Jose State 32 19
20 San Diego State 29 21
21 Marist 21 20
22 Cal State Northridge 14 22
23 Bucknell 10 24
24 Azusa Pacific 8 23
25 Cal Baptist 6 T25
RV Indiana 5 T25
RV Pomona-Pitzer 1 NR
RV Brown 1 RV

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