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Women's Water Polo To Face UC San Diego Saturday

Mar 1, 2012

Gameday Central
Date: Saturday, Mar. 3, 2012
Site: Schaal Aquatics Center (UC Davis)
Time: 10 a.m.
Series vs. UC San Diego: UC San Diego leads 7-4
Series Streak: 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 outside of the top 20, marking the first time since Feb. 10, 2010, that Pacific was not ranked.

UC San Diego is ranked 20th in this week's CWPA poll. The Tritons are receiving four votes and dropped one spot from 19th after losing all four of their games last weekend.

Series vs. UC San Diego
This is the 11th meeting all-time against UC San Diego with the Tritons leading the all-time series 7-4. The first meeting was on Apr. 25, 1996, in Berkeley, as UCSD defeated the Tigers 7-5. Only three of the 11 matches have been decided by five or more goals, and six matches have been decided by two goals or less. Head coach Megan Thomson is 1-2 all-time versus UC San Diego.

The two squads last met on Mar. 12, 2011, in San Diego, with Pacific winning 9-6. The Tigers trailed 2-1 after the first quarter before ripping off four goals in the second frame to take a 5-3 lead into intermission. Pacific shut out the Tritons in the third quarter whilte notching one goal, and the two teams played even in the fourth. Sophomore Elise Martin led all scorers with five goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Michele Relton blocked seven shots.

Charting Coach Thomson
Pacific Women's Water Polo head coach Megan Thomson is 71-97 (.423) 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.

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