September 19, 2012

USC & Pomona-Pitzer Remain at No. 1, Brown Takes Over League's Top Spot as CWPA Releases 2012 Men's Varsity Week 3/September 19 Polls

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The University of Southern California and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges hold on to the top spots in the Week 3/September 19 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Men's Varsity National Top 20 and Division III Polls, while Brown University takes over the top position in the league's Top 10.

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.

 

2012 Men's Varsity National Top 20 (Week 3)

The University of Southern California Trojans continue to "Fight On" as the program remains the unanimous No. 1 team in the country with 100 points to outdistance the field in the September 19/Week 3 Men's Varsity National Top 20 Poll.

The unanimous choice since claiming last season's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship, USC, which ranked at No. 1 or No. 2 in 13 of the 14 polls released last season, holds a five point lead in the poll over its closest opponent, the University of California-Los Angeles (95 points).

Unlike previous weeks, the Top 10 experienced three minor changes due in part to the results of the NorCal Tournament as host Stanford University (90 points) climbs one spot to displace the University of California (85 points), while the University of California-Irvine (80 points) takes over the fifth position from the University of California-Santa Barbara (75 points).

Pepperdine University (70 points) also moved up to take over at No. 7 as University of the Pacific (65 points) slides back to No. 8.  Long Beach State University (60 points) and Loyola Marymount University (55 points) hold firm at No. 9 and 10, respectively, to complete an All-California Top 10.

The University of California-San Diego (50 points) and University of California-Davis (45 points) stay at No. 11 and 12 for another week, while the string of California squads is snapped at No. 13 by Brown University (35 points) which climbs six positions to take hold of No. 13.

Brown's dramatic rise has an impact on the backend of the Top 20 as the United States Air Force Academy (31 points) ascends to No. 14 and Princeton University (25 points), which lost to Brown in the semifinals of the North-South Invitational at Harvard University, drops two spots to No. 15.

Santa Clara University (24 points) and the United States Naval Academy (23 points) join the Tigers in sliding back one position to stop at No. 16 and 17, respectively, while California Baptist University (17 points), St. Francis College (14 points) and Concordia University (12 points) round out the Top 20.

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (1 point) and Johns Hopkins University (1 point) were the only other teams to receive votes this week.

2012 Varsity Top 20 (Week 3 - September 19)

Rank Team September 12 Poll Points
1  University of Southern California
1 100
2  University of California-Los Angeles
2 95
3  Stanford Univiersity
4 90
4  University of California
3 85
5  University of California-Irvine
6 80
6  University of California-Santa Barbara
5 75
7  Pepperdine University
8 70
8  University of the Pacific
7 65
9  Long Beach State University
9 60
10  Loyola Marymount University
10 55
11  University of California-San Diego
11 50
12  University of California-Davis
12 45
13  Brown University 19 35
14  United States Air Force Academy
16 31
15  Princeton University
13 25
16  Santa Clara University
14 24
17  United States Naval Academy
15 23
18  California Baptist University
17 17
19  St. Francis College (N.Y.)
20 14
20  Concordia University (Calif.)
18 12
RV  Johns Hopkins University
RV 1
RV  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
RV 1

 

2012 Men's Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 3)

Pomona-Pitzer Colleges continues to rank at No. 1 among small institutions as the Sagehens garnered 99 points to continue as the top squad in the September 19/Week 3 Division III Top 10 Poll.

The Sagehens, who registered 99, 100 and 95 points in the preseason, Week 1 and Week 2 polls, saw the list of programs ranking at No. 2-to-10 fall further behind as the closest programs now trail Pomona-Pitzer by 11 points .

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (88 points) and Johns Hopkins University (88 points) move into a tie for the runner-up position as the Engineers and Blue Jays picked up a equal number of votes. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (85 points) remains at No. 4 for another week, while California Lutheran University (83 points) cracks the Top Five after a seventh place ranking last week.

Chapman University (76 points) and the University of Redlands (74 points) fall to No. 6 and 7, with the University of La Verne (61 points) holding firm at No. 8

Occidental College (47 points) and Whittier College (38 points) complete the Top 10.

Washington & Jefferson College (36 points), which defeated Fordham University over the weekend for the program's first defeat of a Division I opponent, also received votes.

2012 Varsity Division III Top 10 (Week 3 - September 19)

Rank Team September 12 Poll Points
1  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
1
99
2 (T)
 Johns Hopkins University
3 88
2 (T)  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2
88
4  Claremont Mudd Scripps Colleges
4
85
5  California Lutheran University
7
83
6  Chapman University 5
76
7  University of Redlands
6
74
8  University of La Verne
8
61
9  Occidental College
9 47
10  Whittier College
10
38
RV  Washington & Jefferson College RV 36

 

2012 Men's Varsity CWPA Top 10 (Week 3)

A new team reigns supreme in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) as the Brown University Bears picked up all but one first place vote and 99 points for the No. 1 spot in a September 19/Week 3 CWPA Top 10 Poll.

Brown, which defeated former No. 1 Princeton University (92 points) and St. Francis College (89 points) over the weekend in the semifinals of the North-South Invitational at Harvard University, jumps two places to take over the top position. The Tigers slip one position to No. 2, while the Terriers acquire sole possession of third place.

The United States Naval Academy (88 points), which was ranked at No. 2 in the league since last year, slides to No. 4 after hosting a home tournament over the weekend, while Johns Hopkins University (80 points) stays at No. 5.

Bucknell University (75 points), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (73 points) and Harvard University (66 points) rate at No. 6-to-8, respectively, with George Washington University (61 points) and Mercyhurst University (47 points) completing the Top 10.

Washington & Jefferson College (22 points) is the sole team outside the Top 10 to receive votes.

2012 Varsity CWPA Top 10 (Week 3 - September 19)

Rank Team September 12 Poll Points
1  Brown University
3 (T)
99
2  Princeton University
1 92
3
 St. Francis College (N.Y.)
3 (T)
89
4
 U.S. Naval Academy
2 88
5
 Johns Hopkins University
5 (T)
80
6
 Bucknell University
7
75
7
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5 (T)
73
8  Harvard University
10
66
9  George Washington University
8 61
10  Mercyhurst University
RV
47
RV
 Washington & Jefferson College
NR
22

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