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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The University of California-Los Angeles returns to No. 1 as the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases the 2021 Week 6/October 13 Men’s Varsity National Top 20, Division III Top 10, Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Top Five and Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Top Five Polls.

UCLA, which solely held or shared the No. 1 spot in the Preseason and Week 1-to-3 polls, dislodges the University of Southern California from the lead position following a loss by the Trojans.  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges retains sole custody of the top spot in the Division III Top 10 ranking, with Fordham University continuing as a unanimous No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Top Five.  Harvard University pulls one vote ahead of Princeton University to stand alone in the Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Top Five ranking.

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

2021 Men’s Varsity National Top 20 (Week 6)

The University of California-Los Angeles returns to the lead position in the 2021 Week 6/October 13 National Men’s Varsity Top 20 Poll.

UCLA (98 points) – which shared the No. 1 berth in the Week 2 Poll with sole custody of the rating in the Preseason, Week 1 and Week 3 voting – dislodges the University of Southern California as the Trojans dropped a 7-6 game to the University of California over the weekend.

The victory allows California (95 points) to jump three spots to take over at No. 2, while USC (92 points) slips to No. 3.  The rise of the Golden Bears combined with the fall of the Trojans drives Stanford University (86 points) back to No. 4.  Long Beach State University (78 points) and the University of California-Santa Barbara (76 points) – which rated at No. 8 and 4 last week – ascend and sink to No. 5 and 6, respectively, with University of the Pacific (71 points) and the University of California-Davis (64 points) taking over at No. 7 and 8.

Pepperdine University (58 points) inches back to No. 9, while San Jose State University (54 points) completes the Top 10 by standing as the lone team in the upper half of the rankings to retain its position from the Week 5 balloting.

The University of California-San Diego (51 points) remains at No. 11 for another seven-day run with Princeton University (45 points) and Harvard University (38 points) creeping past the University of California-Irvine (34 points) as the trio move to No. 12-to-14.

Loyola Marymount University (28 points) holds at No. 15 with Fordham University (25 points), Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (23 points) and California Baptist University (12 points) readjusting to attain the No. 16-to-18 slots.

The final two positions in the Top 10 are held in a tie as St. Francis College Brooklyn (9 points) and the United States Air Force Academy (9 points) are deadlocked at No. 19.

2021 Men’s Varsity Top 20 (Week 6/October 13)

Rank Team Week 5 Poll Points
1
University of California-Los Angeles
2
98
2
University of California
5 95
3
University of Southern California
1
92
4 Stanford University
3
86
5
Long Beach State University
7 78
6 University of California-Santa Barbara
4 76
7
University of the Pacific
6 71
8 University of California-Davis
9
64
9
Pepperdine University
8
58
10
San Jose State University
10
54
11
University of California-San Diego
11
51
12
Princeton University
13
45
13
Harvard University
14 38
14
University of California-Irvine
12 34
15
Loyola Marymount University 15 28
16
Fordham University
17 (T)
25
17
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
16 23
18
California Baptist University
19 (T) 12
19 (T)
St. Francis College Brooklyn
RV 9
19 (T)
United States Air Force Academy
17 (T)
9
RV Santa Clara University
19 (T) 7
RV Bucknell University
NR 3
RV United States Naval Academy
NR 1
RV George Washington University
NR 1

 

2021 Men’s Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 6)

The Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges remain the undisputed top team in the 2021 Week 6/October 13 Men’s Varsity Division III Top 10 Poll.

Pomona-Pitzer (100 points), which was ranked at No. 3 in the Preseason balloting, is a unanimous top selection for the sixth week in a row.  California Lutheran University (95 points), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (88 points), Whittier College (86 points) and Chapman University (77 points) stay at No. 2-to-5, respectively.

Occidental College (72 points) inches up to No. 6, the University of Redlands (71 points) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (69 points) slip to to No. 7 and 8, while Austin College (58 points) and Johns Hopkins University (37 points) complete the Top 10.

2021 Men’s Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 6/October 13)

Rank Team Week 5 Poll Points
1
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
1 100
2 California Lutheran University
2 95
3
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges
3 88
4 Whittier College
4 86
5 Chapman University
5 77
6
Occidental College
7 (T)
72
7
University of Redlands
6
71
8
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7 (T) 69
9 Austin College
9 58
10 Johns Hopkins University
10 37
RV University of La Verne
RV 22

 

 

2021 Men’s Varsity Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Top 5 (Week 6)

Fordham University remains on top in the 2021 Week 6/October 13 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Top Five Poll.

The Rams (100 points) remain a unanimous No. 1 selection with the United States Naval Academy (92 points) surpassing George Washington University to take over at No. 2.  Bucknell University (90 points) sails up the rankings behind the Midshipmen to attain the No. 3 spot, while George Washington (87 points) and Wagner College (81 points) wrap-up the Top Five in the final two positions.

The largest collegiate water polo conference, the MAWPC features 12 teams as Bucknell, Fordham, George Washington, Navy, Johns Hopkins University, Wagner and Mount St. Mary’s University comprise the Eastern Region, with Gannon University, Mercyhurst University, Salem University, Washington & Jefferson College and McKendree University competing in the Western Region.

2021 Men’s Varsity Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Top 5 (Week 6/October 13)

Rank Team Week 5 Poll Points
1
Fordham University
1 100
2
United States Naval Academy
3 (T) 92
3
Bucknell University
3 (T)
90
4 George Washington University
2 87
5 Wagner College
5 81

 

2021 Men’s Varsity Northeast Water Polo Conference Top 5 (Week 6)

The 2021 Week 6/October 13 Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Top Five Poll sees a change as Harvard University (98 points) shatters a tie with Princeton University (97 points) to attain sole possession of the No. 1 berth.

The change reflects the outcome of the two programs lone meeting as Princeton fell to Harvard by a 10-8 count at home in DeNunzio Pool.

Tied at No. 1 last week, the Crimson and Tigers stand at No. 1 and 2 this week with St. Francis College Brooklyn (89 points) – which knocked off Harvard by a 12-10 count two weeks ago – remains at No. 3.

Brown University (86 points) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (64 points) conclude the Top Five.

A seven-team conference, the NWPA is comprised of Brown, Connecticut College, Harvard, Iona College, MIT, Princeton and St. Francis Brooklyn for the 2021 season.

2021 Men’s Varsity Northeast Water Polo Conference Top 5 (Week 6/October 13)

Rank Team Week 5 Poll Points
1
Harvard University 1 (T)
98
2
Princeton University 1 (T) 97
3 St. Francis College Brooklyn
3 89
4 Brown University
4 86
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
5 64
RV Iona College
RV 16
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