STOCKTON, Calif. - The No. 5 Pacific men's water polo returns to action at the Aggie Roundup in Davis Friday through Sunday. The Tigers will play four games in three days, opening with No. 15 Cal Baptist.
Pacific faces CBU on Friday at 5:00 p.m., and then meet No. 6 Long Beach State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday the Tigers wrap the tournament with games against MIT at 9 a.m., and San Jose State at 1:30 p.m.
The Tigers are ranked No. 5 for the third-straight edition of the CWPA Top 20, which was released Wednesday. Again, Pacific is unanimously number five. Pacific has been ranked in the top five for the 35th consecutive edition of the poll.
Pacific sits at 4-1 on the year, with the lone loss coming on the road at No. 1 California last Saturday. Luke Pavillard scored four goals in the contest, while Luis Araya and Ben Stevenson each added a hat trick. John Hedges made nine saves in goal with seven steals. Pacific nearly erased an 8-2 deficit early, closing within 9-8, but Cal fended off the Tigers' upset bid.
The Tigers' first test at the Aggie Roundup will be Cal Baptist. The Lancers are 5-1 this season, with a win over No. 14 Bucknell and the lone loss against No. 15 Brown. Pacific and Cal Baptist both participated in the Brown Bruno Classic to open the season, but did not meet.
Pacific faces No. 6 Long Beach State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The 49ers are 5-1 on the year, with their lone loss also coming to No. 1 Cal. The Tigers have won 12 of the last 15 meetings with Long Beach, and 17 of the last 21.
On Sunday, Pacific faces MIT in the morning. MIT is 3-3 on the year with wins over McKendree and Connecticut College twice. The Engineers three losses have come to No. 7 Pepperdine, No. 3 Stanford and Wagner. The Tigers have won 34 straight games against teams from the east coast. Pacific has faced MIT twice, in 2013 and 2009, both Tiger victories.
In the finale, Pacific takes on San Jose State. The Spartans are 1-1 this season with a win over Santa Clara and a loss to No. 9 UC Davis. The Tigers are 2-0 against San Jose State since the Spartans resurrected their men's water polo program, and 8-4 all-time.
Following the Aggie Roundup, Pacific will head to the MPSF Invite, hosted by Southern Cal and Loyola Marymount. The bracket for the tournament was announced Wednesday, and Pacific will open at LMU against No. 13 UC San Diego on Friday at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the Tigers will play twice, starting with either No. 4 UCLA or No. 20 LMU. Pacific will play on USC's campus Saturday at 12:45 p.m. with a win Friday, or at LMU at 12:00 p.m. with a loss Friday. The full tournament schedule is available on the MPSF Invite Tournament Central Page.
Pacific also announce that its home game against USC on Nov. 5 will start at 1 p.m.