Collegiate Water Polo Association Releases September 25/Week 3 Men's Varsity Polls; University of California-Los Angeles Takes Over at No. 1 in National Top 20

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- For the first time since November 30, 2011, a team other than the University of Southern California is ranked No. 1 in the nation as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases the September 25/Week 3 Men's Varsity National Top 20, Division III Top 10 and CWPA Top 10 Polls.

The University of California-Los Angeles, which defeated the University of Southern California 9-8 over the weekend in the title game of the NorCal Tournament, reclaims the No. 1 spot in the National Top 20 Poll for the first time since November 30, 2011 to snap a 19-week and nearly two-year reign by the Trojans as the top men's water polo program in the nation.  In addition, UCLA picked up 100 points to rank as the first team to hold the unanimous No. 1 position other than USC since Stanford University was the undisputed top program on October 5, 2011.  Due to UCLA becoming a unanimous No. 1 pick, the run of USC garnereing at least one first place vote each week since Stanford's tenure in the top position comes to an end.

In the Division III Top 10 Poll, the University of Redlands holds on at No. 1 for another week with 97 points, but the squad's position on top of the rankings became more tenuous as Johns Hopkins University claimed 93 points to move within four votes of tying for the top spot.

Similar to the National Top 20, the CWPA league poll sees a new team take over as the undisputed top choice as Princeton University retains the No. 1 spot by picking up 100 points to outdistance former fellow No. 1-ranked and defending league champion St. Francis College Brooklyn.

Voted on by a panel of coaches from the CWPA, Western Water Polo Association (WWPA), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the polls are compiled and released on Wednesday during each week of the season through the week following the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.

2013 Men's Varsity National Top 20 (Week 3)

Thanks to a 9-8 victory in the title game of the 2013 NorCal Tournament, the University of California-Los Angeles (100 points) makes history in taking over at No. 1 in the September 25/Week 3 National Top 20 Poll to snap a nearly two-year run by the University of Southern California Trojans (95 points) as the top program in the land.

UCLA, which takes over at No. 1 for the first time since November 30, 2011, terminates an unprecedented tenure by USC on top of the standings and in consideration for the title of the top men's water polo program in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

USC, which is coming off a 2012 season in which the Trojans claimed their fifth consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship, last ranked at No. 2 or lower on November 30, 2011 as the Trojans held 96 points to then top-ranked UCLA's 99.  The ranking lasted only a week, however, as USC avenged a loss in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament to claim the NCAA Championship and finish the season as the unanimous No. 1 team in the final poll of the season.

In addition, UCLA becomes the first team other than USC to hold the position of being the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation since Stanford University achieved the feat on October 5, 2011.  During the span of October 5, 2011 to present, USC received at least one first place vote each week for a run of 28 consecutive weeks in which at least one pollster considered the Trojans a contender for the No. 1 position.

Overall, the results of the NorCal Tournament impacted more than just the top spot in the Week 3 rankings as only two of the teams in last week's Top 10 retained their positions this week.

Behind the Bruins and Trojans, Stanford (90 points) jumps two places to take over at No. 3, while the University of California (84 points) clings to the No. 4 position for another week. The University of the Pacific (81 points) joins USC in falling down in the Top 10 as the Tigers slip two notches to No. 5.

The University of California-Santa Barbara (75 points) stays at No. 6, with Long Beach State University (70 points) leap-frogging Loyola Marymount University (62 points) to rate at No. 7 and 8, respectively.

Pepperdine University (60 points) and the University of California-Irvine (52 points) complete the Top 10 at No. 9 and 10 as all the squads which rated in the upper echelon of the rankings last week remain there until at least next Wednesday (October 2).

One of the biggest movers this week is Concordia University (43 points) which rises five positions to tie with Princeton University (43 points) at No. 11. 

The University of California-Davis (42 points) and the University of California-San Diego (33 points) slip to No. 13-to-14, with Santa Clara University (29 points) retaining its prior position at No. 15.

St. Francis College Brooklyn (25 points), Brown University (23 points) and the University of Redlands (12 points) move to No. 16-to-18, with George Washington University (11 points) cracking the Top 20 at No. 19 for the first time the Colonials have appeared in the Top 20 since rating at No. 18 in the 2008 Preseason Poll.

The United States Air Force Academy (8 points) and Johns Hopkins University (8 points) complete the poll by tying at No. 20.

2013 Varsity Top 20 (Week 3 - Sept. 25)

Rank Team September 18 Poll Points
1  University of California-Los Angeles
2 100
2  University of Southern California
1 95
 Stanford University
5 90
4  University of California 4
5  University of the Pacific
3 81
 University of California-Santa Barbara 6 75
7  Long Beach State University
9 70
8  Loyola Marymount University 8 62
9  Pepperdine University 10 60
10  University of California-Irvine
7 52
11 (T)
 Concordia University
11 (T)
 Princeton University
13  University of California-Davis
12 42
14  University of California-San Diego
11 33
15  Santa Clara University
15 29
16  St. Francis College Brooklyn 14
17  Brown University
 University of Redlands
 George Washington University
RV 11
20 (T)
 United States Air Force Academy
20 8
20 (T)  Johns Hopkins University
RV 8
RV  Bucknell University
RV  Harvard University
RV  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
RV  United States Naval Academy
RV 1
RV  Mercyhurst University RV 1


2013 Men's Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 3)

The University of Redlands (97 points) continues to rank at No. 1 in the September 25/Week 3 Division III Top 10 Poll.

Redlands, which also holds the No. 18 ranking in the nation, saw its lead over runner-up/No. 20 Johns Hopkins University (93 points) shrink from eight points down to just four this week as the Division III rankings tightened up.

Former No. 1-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (90 points), which held the top position in the Preseason and Week 1 polling, rises one place to take over at No. 3, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (84 points) drops down to No. 4.

Whittier College (83 points) completes the Top Five to start a trend as the final six positions in the Top 10 remain relatively unchanged from the September 18 voting results.

California Lutheran University (77 points), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (70 points), the University of La Verne (50 points) and Chapman University (49 points) stay at No. 6-to-9, respectively, with Washington & Jefferson College (35 points) moving up from "Receiving Votes" to tie with Occidental College (35 points) at No. 10.

2013 Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 3 - Sept. 25)

Rank Team September 18 Poll Points
 University of Redlands
2  Johns Hopkins University
3  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 4
4  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
5  Whittier College
5 83
6  California Lutheran University 6
7  MIT
8  University of La Verne
9  Chapman University
10 (T)
 Occidental College 10
10 (T)  Washington & Jefferson College
RV 35
RV  Connecticut College RV 12


2013 Men's Varsity CWPA Top 10 (Week 3)

Princeton University (100 points) used a 3-0 weekend in Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division-East Region play, combined with a loss by defending league champion St. Francis College Brooklyn to claim sole possession of the No. 1 position in the September 25/Week 3 CWPA Top 10 Poll.

Princeton, which was tied with St. Francis on top of the September 18 rankings, claimed all of the first place votes to rate as the unanimous top choice in the league.  St. Francis (95 points), which dropped a game to Harvard University over the weekend to snap an 11-year home winning-streak, slips back to No. 2.

Brown University (88 points) holds on at No. 3 for another week, while Johns Hopkins University (83 points) and George Washington University (82 points) move to No. 4 and 5 to conclude the upper half of the league poll.

Bucknell University (69 points), Harvard University (68 points) and the United States Naval Academy (52 points) come in at No. 6-to-8, with Mercyhurst University (43 points) and Fordham University (37 points) completing the Top 10.

Iona College (36 points) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (12 points) also received votes.

2013 Varsity CWPA Top 10 (Week 3 - Sept. 25)

Rank Team September 18 Poll Points
 Princeton University 1 (T)
 St. Francis College Brooklyn
1 (T)
3  Brown University
4  Johns Hopkins University
7 83
5  George Washington University 4 82
 Bucknell University
 Harvard University
8 (T)
 United States Naval Academy
8 (T)
 Mercyhurst University
10  Fordham University
RV  Iona College NR 36

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