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No. 3 Pacific to visit the No. 4 Golden Bears in Berkeley
No. 1 UCLA, No. 9 UC Irvine
The Bruins return to action on Friday when they travel to UC San Diego.
Last weekend, UCLA improved to 14-0 on the season with a 15-3 win against No. 11 Princeton (8-3) on Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Center. Freshman Lovre Milos and senior Lucas Reynolds each scored hat tricks for UCLA as nine different Bruins scored.
Senior driver Mitch Wise, a two-time All-American, leads UCI with 45 goals this season. Wise, who has 207 goals in his Anteater career, ranks second in the MPSF with a scoring average of 3.75 goals per game this season.
No. 2 Southern California
Southern California will spend another weekend at home as the Trojans line up to host their first MPSF game of the year. USC (12-1) goes up against No. 9 UC Irvine (10-2) in a clash on Saturday at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
USC was ranked No. 1 in the nation from Nov. 9, 2011 up until this week's rankings. USC's loss to UCLA on Sept. 22 snapped a 41-game winning streak held by the Trojans, who are now ranked No. 2 in the nation for the second week in a row. UC Irvine is ranked No. 9 this week.
No. 3 Pacific, No. T4 California
In one of the biggest matches of the early 2013 season, No. 4-ranked Cal (8-2) hosts No. 3-ranked Pacific (9-1, 1-0) on Saturday. The Golden Bears are looking to upend the higher-ranked Tigers in their league opener.
Pacific upset then-No. 3-ranked Stanford, 14-12, last weekend, while Cal outscored Redlands (20-8) and UC Davis (14-4) at the Aggie Shootout in Davis. The Bears, whose two losses this season have been to No. 1 UCLA (6-5) and No. 4 Stanford (12-10), feature 2012 first-team All-American Collin Smith and 2012 Olympian Aleksa Saponjic. Smith led Cal with 61 goals and 31 steals last season, and Saponjic won a bronze medal as a member of the Serbian National Team in London and was a 2012 second-team All-American.
No. T4 Stanford
On Saturday, No. 3 Stanford will take on Santa Clara in the Trojans' home opener.
Last weekend, No. 3 Stanford’s comeback bid fell short Sunday afternoon and the Cardinal dropped a 14-12 decision to No. 5 Pacific in Stockton.
No. 6 UC Santa Barbara
No. 7 Long Beach State
No. 7 Long Beach State returns to tournament action this weekend, playing a pair of games at Whittier College before finishing the weekend at Pomona-Pitzer for two games.
Long Beach State picked up a big 11-7 win in its home opener last weekend against Princeton, and will look to improve on their 10-3 overall mark this weekend. A late change in the schedule will lead to an interesting rematch, as the 49ers will get the opportunity to avenge one of those three losses by facing Concordia for the second time. Concordia's 10-9 win against the 49ers propelled the Eagles into the national rankings, and they sit No. 11 coming into the weekend.
That matchup between ranked teams will start the tournament for the 49ers on Friday at Whittier. The 49ers will then face the hosts later that evening, closing out the day's action.
On Saturday, the 49ers will travel to a different location, playing two games at Pomona-Pitzer, first facing off against Cal Baptist before again closing the day against the hosts.
No. 8 Pepperdine
Pepperdine returns to action when it opens the home portion of its schedule with a four-team invitational against Concordia, Golden West College, and Long Beach City College on Saturday at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.
Last weekend, Pepperdine roared back from a daunting first-half deficit, but could not come all the way back against No. 1 UCLA, dropping an 8-7 non-conference contest Friday night. The Waves (3-5) pushed the top-ranked Bruins (12-0) to the brink of their first loss of the season, scoring three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter.
No. 10 Loyola Marymount
Loyola head to the Troyer Invitational hosted by Pomona-Pitzer on Friday and Saturday where they will face the hosts, Fresno Pacific, Iona, and Whittier in pool play.
Last weekend, Loyola Marymount fell to No. 1 UCLA. UCLA held on to a 3-2 lead after one but pulled away from the Lions in the middle quarters, outscoring LMU 11-2 in the second and third quarters combined. Ten different Bruins scored, while LMU's Emanuel Di Stasio scored two of LMU's four goals.