Water Polo Week 12 Poll Sees Minor Shifts Behind #1 Stanford, USC

Heading into conference tournament week, Stanford and USC continue to share the #1 spot in the collegiate water polo poll for the second straight week.

The Trojans are the #1 seed in this weekend’s MPSF Tournament after posting a 3-0 record in league action, including a 14-13 win over #7 Cal on Saturday.

The Cardinal went 2-1 in MPSF play, earning the #2 seed in league tournament after falling to USC 9-8 on November 2.

UCLA (16-3, 1-2 MPSF), the MPSF’s #3 seed, checks in at #3 in the national poll for the second straight week after falling to Stanford 17-11 on Saturday.

Pacific and Pepperdine, both out of the Golden Coast Conference,  round out the Top 5.  The Tigers are the top seed in the GCC Tournament after posting a 16-3 overall mark and 5-0 record in league play, including a 13-8 win over #12 San Jose State on Saturday.

Pepperdine, which moves up from #6, won its lone contest on Week 11, topping then-#5 UC Santa Barbara 17-10 with help from hat tricks by Sean Thomas, Balazs Kosa and Chris Dilworth. The Guachos dropped one spot to #6 with the loss.

There were a few shifts in the middle of the poll as Loyola Marymount moved up a spot from 13 to 12, Bucknell is tied with San Jose State at #13, followed by UC Irvine at #15.

LMU (13-11, 5-2) earned the #3 seed in the WWPA Championships. The Lions lost their regular season finale, falling 21-20 to #8 Long Beach State on Nov. 14, despite an eight-goal output by Blazo Mitrovic.

Bucknell is hosting the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The Bison, which topped #16 Fordham 9-6 on Saturday, are the #1 seed in the league tournament after posting a 10-2 record in MAWPC action. Rade Joksimovic paced the team with four goals in the win over the Rams.

San Jose State (7-18, 1-4 GCC) ended the regular season on a five-game losing streak, including an 11-10 loss to Santa Clara on Wednesday and a 13-8 loss to #4 Pacific on Saturday. The Spartans are the #5 seed in the GCC Championship.

UC Irvine ended its regular season at 7-14 and 0-5 in GCC play with an 11-8 loss to #8 Long Beach State. The Anteaters are the #6 seed in the GCC tournament.

Whittier, Santa Clara and Pomona-Pitzer rounded out the poll, receiving votes outside the Top 20.

Collegiate Men’s Water Polo Nov. 20 Poll

Rank Team Week 10 Poll Points
1 (T) Stanford University 1 (T) 97
1 (T) University of Southern California 1 (T) 97
3 University of California-Los Angeles 3 91
4 University of the Pacific 4 86
5 Pepperdine University 6 80
6 University of California-Santa Barbara 5 75
7 University of California 7 67
8 Long Beach State University 8 65
9 Harvard University 9 61
10 University of California-Davis 10 57
11 University of California-San Diego 11 51
12 Loyola Marymount University 13 39
13 (T) Bucknell University 15 35
13 (T) San Jose State University 12 33
15 University of California-Irvine 14 25
16 Fordham University 16 25
17 California Baptist University 17 20
18 George Washington University 18 16
19 (T) Brown University 19 (T) 9
19 (T) Princeton University 19 (T) 9
RV Whittier College RV 4
RV Santa Clara University RV 2
RV Pomona-Pitzer Colleges RV 1

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