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Preview: UCLA faces tough weekend at home
No. 1 UCLA, No. 8 Loyola Marymount, No. 9 Pepperdine
UCLA begins a weekend of competition in Los Angeles by facing Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, and Princeton.
Last weekend, No. 2 UCLA improved to 11-0 on the season with a 9-8 win against No. 1 USC (11-1) to win the NorCal Invitational. The victory against the Trojans ended USC's 41-game winning streak, dating back to the 2011 season.
No. 2 Southern California
USC splashes down in home waters this weekend in a doubleheader at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Coming to town Saturday to take on the Trojans are Princeton and Whittier. USC will clash with the No. 11 Tigers, followed by a matchup with the Poets.
USC was ranked No. 1 in the nation from Nov. 9, 2011 up until this week's Sept. 25 rankings. Last weekend's loss to UCLA ended a 41-game winning streak held by the Trojans, who are now ranked No. 2 in the nation.
No. 3 Stanford
No. 3 Stanford and No. 5 Pacific will square off for the second time in eight days this Sunday in Stockton.
The Cardinal (7-1) and Tigers (8-1) were matched up in the same group at this past weekend's NorCal Invitational, meeting in Saturday afternoon's second round. Behind Forrest Watkins' goal with 1:17 remaining in the second overtime session Stanford pulled out a 9-8 victory against Pacific. It was the second goal of the game for Watkins, and the Cardinal was also helped by four goals from Bret Bonanni, two from Conner Cleary and one from BJ Churnside.
No. 4 California
After a busy NorCal Invitational last weekend at Spieker Aquatics Complex, No. 4-ranked Cal (6-2) has a lighter load with two matches Saturday at the Aggie Shootout at UC Davis. The Golden Bears play host UC Davis, followed by a match versus Redlands.
Cal has already faced both teams, defeating UC Davis, 15-4, and Redlands, 21-3, Sept. 7-8 at the season-opening Triton Invitational in San Diego.
No. 5 Pacific and No. 7 Long Beach State
Long Beach State will open its home schedule this Friday when the 49ers host No. 11 Princeton.
Long Beach State enters the weekend with a record of 9-3, and will play the sole home match before entering into two more non-conference tournament prior to the beginning of MPSF play. The Tigers, meanwhile, went 3-0 while hosting a tournament in the first weekend, and then beat Navy, Johns Hopkins, and George Washington in a trip to the Washington D.C. area to account for their 6-0 record.
No. 6 UC Santa Barbara
The Gauchos begin their weekend of games against Cal Lutheran at Samuelson Aquatics Center.
UCSB will then play No. 11 Concordia at El Toro High School later that day. On Saturday, the Gauchos continue their play against No. 14 UC San Diego, and finish the weekend games against the Navy.
No. 10 UC Irvine