Pacific WWP Heads South For Six-Game Road Trip
Stockton, Calif. -
Date: Mar. 16-17
Site: Burns Aquatics Center (Loyola Marymount)
Time: All Day
Series vs. Colorado State: Pacific leads 3-0 (Pacific +3)
Series vs. CSU Bakersfield: Pacific leads 6-5 (Pacific +1)
Series vs. Pomona-Pitzer: Pacific leads 3-0 (Pacific +3)
Series vs. Loyola Marymount: LMU leads 6-2 (LMU +6)
Date: Mar. 18
Site: Aztec Aquaplex (San Diego State)
Time: All Day
Series vs. Wagner: Pacific leads 4-0 (Pacific +4)
Series vs. Princeton: Princeton leads 5-1 (Pacific +1)
In The Polls
Pacific sits outside of the top 20 in this week's Collegiate Water Polo Association poll. The Tigers opened this season as one of six teams receiving votes, marking the first time since Feb. 10, 2010, that Pacific was not ranked.
Loyola Marymount is currently ranked sixth in the nation while Princton is the No. 18 team in the country and CSU Bakersfield is the No. 20 team. Pomona-Pitzer is the second-ranked team in the Division III poll.
Series vs. Colorado State
This is the fourth meeting all-time against Colorado State with Pacific leading the all-time series 3-0. The two squads first met in San Diego on Mar. 16, 2008, a match the Tigers won, 10-9. The most recent meeting was in Bakersfield on Feb. 14, 2010, as Pacific defeated the Rams, 9-4.
Series vs. CSU Bakersfield
This is the 12th meeting all-time against CSU Bakersfield with the Tigers leading the all-time series 6-5. Pacific hosted the first meeting on Apr. 25, 1999, beating the Roadrunners, 10-7. The two teams last met in San Diego on Mar. 13, 2011, with the Tigers emerging victorious, 6-3. Sophomore Elise Martin led Pacific with two goals while sophomore goalkeeper Michele Relton blocked 15 shots. The Tigers won five of the first six meetings before dropping four straight. Thomson is 1-2 all-time versus CSU Bakersfield.
Series vs. Pomona-Pitzer
This is the fourth meeting all-time versus Pomona-Pitzer with the Tigers never having lost to the Sagehens. Pacific won the first meeting, 8-4, in Claremont on Mar. 18, 1999. The most recent meeting was on Mar. 19, 2011, in Riverside, with the Tigers winning, 11-5, behind four goals from senior Brittany Lloyd. Thomson is 1-0 all-time against Pomona-Pitzer.
Series vs. Loyola Marymount
This is the ninth meeting all-time against Loyola Marymount with the Lions leading the all-time series 6-2. Pacific won the first meeting, 10-8, in Los Angeles on Apr. 27, 1996. The two squads last met on Apr. 7, 2002, as LMU won, 4-2, at Kjeldsen Pool. The Tigers won the first two games of the series but have not defeated Loyola Marymount since 1997.
Series vs. Wagner
This is the sixth meeting all-time versus Wagner with Pacific never having lost to the Seahawks. Pacific won the first meeting, 11-8, in Riverside on Mar. 17, 2004. The two teams have already played once this season as part of the Pacific Invite. The Tigers won, 7-5, behind hat tricks from sophomores Elise Martin and Malena Prlain. Sophomore goalkeeper Michele Relton tallied 13 saves. Thomson is 3-0 all-time against Wagner.
Series vs. Princeton
This is the seventh meeting all-time versus Princeton, with Princeton leading the all-time series 5-1. The first meeting saw Pacific fall, 6-5, in overtime at Kjeldsen Pool on Mar. 18, 2000. The two squads most recently met on Feb. 13, 2011, with Pacific winning, 6-4, in Princeton, N.J. Sophomore Malena Prlain scored two goals while sophomore goalkeeper Michele Relton blocked 10 shots. Thomson is 1-2 all-time versus Princeton.
Charting Coach Thomson
Pacific Women's Water Polo head coach Megan Thomson is 71-98 (.420) in six years on the deck for the Tigers. Her 71 career wins make her third among active Big West coaches. Thomson's first career victory as a head coach came against Cal State East Bay on Feb. 18, 2007, when Pacific won 16-13. She won her 25th match on Feb. 12, 2010, after leading the Tigers to an 11-4 win over Santa Clara. She won her 50th match on Feb. 13, 2011, when the Tigers routed George Washington 14-6 at the Princeton Invitational in New Jersey. Thomson is 23-28 (.451) in matches played at the Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex, including a 12-4 (.750) mark in the last two seasons.