STOCKTON, Calif. - The home opener for the No. 5 Pacific men's water polo team arrives Saturday, as the Tigers take on No. 4 Stanford at Chris Kjeldsen Pool at 7 p.m. Pacific has won six of the last eight meetings with the Cardinal.
The Tigers look to keep their successful run against Stanford going. Pacific is 6-2 in the last eight matchups dating back to 2013. The Tigers won both matchups with the Cardinal last season, the second in Palo Alto after a neutral-site win at the NorCal Tournament in Berkeley. Pacific downed Stanford 11-7 in 2015 in the last meeting in Kjeldsen Pool, while Stanford won both games in 2014. Pacific fell in overtime in the first meeting of 2013 before reeling off three-straight the rest of the 2013 season, including a victory in the NCAA Semifinals in 2013, in the Cardinal's home pool.
Pacific remained No. 5 in the CWPA Top 20 this week, but picked up one vote over last week's total. The Cardinal slipped from No. 3 to No. 4 after placing fourth at the MPSF Invitational with losses to No. 1 Cal and No. 2 USC. Stanford on the year is 7-3, with the other loss also coming against the Trojans, on Sept. 8 in the MPSF regular season opener.
The Tigers are 12-2 through 14 games, and have defeated nine ranked teams. Pacific's two losses are to then No. 1 California, and current No. 2 UCLA.
Pacific is 1-0 in Golden Coast Conference play, after a 14-10 win over No. 6 Long Beach State. Luke Pavillard led the Tigers with six goals in Pacific's third win this season over the 49ers.
The Tigers have scored 241 goals in 14 games so far in 2017, an average of 17.2 per game. Pacific's all-time scoring record is 406 goals in 28 games, 16.5 goals per game by the 2013 team. The 2017 Tigers are on pace for 413 goals through two games of the GCC Tournament. Pacific's offense is the best in the nation according to the ARRIAGA Rankings.
After going 10-1 in neutral pools and 2-1 on the road, Pacific returns to Chris Kjeldsen Pool where the Tigers will look to capitalize on home pool advantage. The Tigers are 22-9 in the last five years at home, including five victories over fellow 'Big Five' teams.
The Tigers will once again offer a pre-game tailgate prior to the game, starting at 5:30 p.m., and will give away free Pacific Water Polo Rally Towels to the first 250 fans.
Live statistics will be available via TheFOSH.net, with the match streamed online at PacificTigers.com.