STOCKTON, Calif. - The No. 5 Pacific men's water polo team faces an early season test with a road matchup at No. 1 Cal on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Berkeley.
The Tigers are off to a 4-0 start after posting blowout wins over No. 14 Bucknell, No. 15 Brown, No. 19 St. Francis Brooklyn and Wagner.
Pacific outscored opponents 87-25 at the Brown Bruno Classic. Kale Ai and Engin Ege Colak led the offensive assault with 15 goals each in four games. Ai scored 15 goals on 17 shots to earn Golden Coast Conference Player of the Week honors, while adding 10 assists for 25 points. Colak tallied his 15 goals on 20 shots. Devon Thumwood added 11 goals, while Luke Pavillard chipped in 10. Andres Schmidt (6), Ben Stevenson (5), Derek Clappis (5), Wyatt Barker (5), Luis Araya (4), Andrea De Nardi (4), and Eli Luke (4) give the Tigers 11 players averaging a goal per game or better.
The Tigers face a Cal squad that has 98 of 100 possible points in the CWPA Top 20. The Bears opened the 2017 season with five wins, downing LMU 16-1, No. 12 UC San Diego 12-7, No. 8 Long Beach State 14-7, No. 6 UC Santa Barbara 8-7, and No. 9 UC Davis 15-10.
Pacific has won the last two meetings against the Bears in Berkeley, with an 11-10 win in 2015 when both teams were tied for No. 2 in the CWPA Top 20, and a 7-6 win over the No. 4 Bears while the Tigers ranked third in 2013. The Bears, however, have won once twice at Chris Kjeldsen Pool, and three neutral site matchups in that span.
The Tigers will be looking for another win over the No. 1 team in the nation and the possibility of moving up the early season polls. Pacific last beat No. 1 USC at home in 2013. Pacific has been ranked in the top five for 32 consecutive editions of the CWPA Top 20 poll.
Pacific will over live stats of Saturday's matchup via TheFOSH.net.