Pacific Trips To Fresno Pacific Saturday
In The Polls
Pacific sits just outside of the top 20 in this week's Collegiate Water Polo Association poll. One of three teams that are receiving votes, the Tigers trail 20th-ranked Princeton by nine votes. Pacific opened this season outside of the top 20, marking the first time since Feb. 10, 2010, that the Tigers were not ranked. Pacific spent all of last season ranked in the top 20, debuting at No. 18 in the preseason poll before finishing the year ranked 20th.
Fresno Pacific is not receiving any votes in either the Varsity Top 20 or the Division III polls.
Series vs. Fresno Pacific
This is the sixth meeting all-time against Fresno Pacific with Pacific leading the series 5-0. The first meeting was at the Chris Kjeldsen Aquatics Complex on Feb. 17, 2008, a match that the Tigers dominated en route to a 19-2 win. The previous five meetings have not been close, with Pacific winning by a combined 52 goals. Fresno Pacific has never scored more than eight goals against the Tigers, while Pacific has registered at least 10 goals in each of the previous matches.
The two squads last met at the Pacific Invitational last weekend, with the Tigers winning 13-6. Pacific got a majority of its scoring from unlikely places as sophomore Rebecca Wright and freshmen Taylor Adair andBrydie Pye all recorded hat tricks. The Tigers led 5-1 after the first quarter before extending their lead late with a four-goal fourth quarter. Sophomore goalkeeper Michele Relton recorded 11 saves in a complete-game effort. Fresno Pacific was led by a pair of scores from Krista Loper while goalkeeper Kelsey Harvey notched 14 blocks.
Charting Coach Thomson
Pacific Women's Water Polo head coach Megan Thomson is 70-97 (.419) in six years on the deck for the Tigers. Her 70 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.