USC, Stanford Tie for the #1 Spot in CWPA Water Polo Top 20 Poll

USC, which occupied the #1 spot in the first two CWPA Top 20 polls in 2019, has found its way back atop the Nov. 13 poll, but the Trojans share the #1 slot with Stanford.

USC dropped as low as #7  in the October 30 poll, has defeated the last two #1 teams, downing the Cardinal (9-8) on Nov. 1 and most recently, UCLA (10-7) on Saturday. Marin Dasic logged a hat trick to lead the Trojans past the Bruins, while five other players scored in the win.

Stanford held down the #1 position in the Sept. 18 poll and for five weeks from Oct. 2 to Oct.30. The Cardinal won its lone contest of Week 10, downing #9 Cal 15-8. Ben Hallock racked up eight goals and Tyler Abrahamson chipped in a hat trick in the win.

With the loss to USC, UCLA dropped two spots from #1 to #3. That shift pushed Pacific down a spot to #4 after a six-week stay at #3.

UC Santa Barbara rounds out the Top 5 at #5 for the second week in a row.

UC Davis and UC San Diego swapped spots with the Aggies moving up to #10 and the Tritons falling to #11. The Aggies went 2-0 on the week, besting #12 Loyola Marymount 12-9 on Thursday and also downing the Triton 9-7 on Saturday. Nir Gross notched a hat trick in the win over LMU, while Eric Martel paced the Aggies with two goals in the victory over UCSD.

No team moved more than two spots up or down in the poll besides USC. Eleven teams moved one position up or down.

The first matchup between ranked foes will be played Wednesday night as #12 San Jose State takes on RV Santa Clara and RV Concordia (Irvine) faces #14 UC Irvine.

The full Wednesday schedule is below.

Nov. 13 Redlands at La Verne 7 p.m. Watch Live Stats
#12 San Jose State at RV Santa Clara 7:30 p.m. Watch Live Stats
Occidental at Cal Tech 10 p.m. Watch Live Stats
RV Whittier at Chapman 10 p.m. Watch Live Stats
Pomona-Pitzer at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 10 p.m. Watch Live Stats
RV Concordia (Irvine) at #14 UC Irvine 10 p.m. Live Stats

CWPA Top 20 Poll – Nov. 13, 2019

Rank Team Week 9 Poll Points
1 (T) University of Southern California 4 96
1 (T) Stanford University 2 96
3 University of California-Los Angeles 1 92
4 University of the Pacific 3 88
5 University of California-Santa Barbara 5 80
6 Pepperdine University 6 74
7 University of California 7 68
8 Long Beach State University 8 65
9 Harvard University 9 60
10 University of California-Davis 11 58
11 University of California-San Diego 10 52
12 San Jose State University 13 38
13 Loyola Marymount University 12 37
14 University of California-Irvine 15 29
15 Bucknell University 14 26
16 Fordham University 16 (T) 25
17 California Baptist University 16 (T) 22
18 George Washington University 19 19
19 (T) Princeton University 20 13
19 (T) Brown University 18 13
RV Pomona-Pitzer Colleges RV 2
RV Concordia University RV 2
RV St. Francis College Brooklyn RV 2
RV Santa Clara University RV 1
RV Whittier College RV 1


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