Offences were at their best as Friday brought 96 goals in four Champions League Group A matches, including 28 in a match between Jug and Barceloneta.
Eighteen matches between ranked teams, including three Top 10 affairs, are on tap for Week 7 beginning Thursday with RV Santa Clara vs. #11 Loyola Marymount.
With 140 efforts of a hat trick or more and several stellar performance between the pipes, these players stood out as conference award winners.
All favorites began the season with a win – now 2016 champion Jug is up against 2014 victor Barceloneta on Day 2 of the Champions League main round.
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.
Although there were just 49 matches on Week 6, there were 51 occurrences of four or more goals, plus another 89 hat tricks.
The lone Top 10 upset saw #7 Pepperdine edge out #6 Cal 13-12 in overtime on the road Saturday. It marked the Waves first win of the Bears since 2008.
After the conclusion of the men’s qualifications for the 2020 European Water Polo Championships, the same field awaits the draw as in 2018.
#5 UC Santa Barbara, #7 Pepperdine and #5 USC are looking to avenge earlier season losses to #2 UCLA, #6 Cal and #3 Pacific respectively on water polo Week 6.
Concordia Irvine’s Marius Jakimcikas put in nine goals in the Eagles’ 22-15 win over La Verne, setting the school season record for goals with 56.
Eight men teams and six women’s are to complete the field of the 2020 European Water Polo Championships after this weekend’s qualifications tournaments.
Stanford held down the #1 spot for the second straight week after besting #3 Pacific 11-8, while Fordham moved up to #17 with an upset win over Cal Baptist.
Title-holder Ferencvaros and last season’s bronze medalist Recco had to overcome some struggles before securing their victories in Champions League Group B.
Three #1 teams, each suffering a loss while owning the top spot, 35 upsets, and 15 overtime affairs have highlighted the first 5 weeks of college water polo.
The favorite sides passed the tests in the opening round: Olympiacos, Jug, Barceloneta and Szolnok won convincingly in Group A.