The Stanford men's water polo team is tied for third in the 2015 MPSF Preseason Coaches' Poll announced by the league on Monday morning.
The Cardinal and California each received one first-place vote and totaled 65 points. UCLA topped the poll with 78 points and eight first-place votes. USC was slotted second with 66 points. Pacific came in fifth with 44 points to round out the top five.
Coming off a 2014 season in which it posted its highest win total since 1994 and won the program's first MPSF Championship since 2004, the 2015 Cardinal returns three All-Americans to a squad looking to improve on its third-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Stanford's returnees, which include four of its top five goal scorers, are highlighted by senior Bret Bonanni, who continues his assault on the MPSF all-time scoring record. The only player in MPSF history to post multiple 90-goal seasons, he will enter this season on The Farm with 266 career scores, just 66 shy of Tony Azevedo's school and league record (332).
Back with Bonanni are fellow All-Americans BJ Churnside, the 2014 NCAA Elite 89 award winner, and Drew Holland in the cage. That trio will lead a group that must replace All-Americans Alex Bowen, Conner Cleary and Nick Hoversten. Bowen and Bonanni, both 2015 Cutino Award finalists, played with the United States Men's Senior National Team this summer alongside junior Jackson Kimbell and Azevedo.
Stanford begins its 2015 campaign the weekend of September 5-6 with five games over two days at the Harvard Invitational and Bruno Fall Classic in Cambridge, Mass., and Providence, RI. The Cardinal returns home to host the 16-team NorCal Invitational the weekend of September 19-20 at Avery Aquatic Center.
No. 3 Stanford's game scheduled for Monday against No. 16 BYU in Hawaii was canceled due to inclement weather conditions.
Stanford (1-0) hosts Boston College (2-0) on Friday at 7 p.m.
The field at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium was deemed unplayable as a result of inclement weather conditions.
The teams plan on rescheduling the matchup. Details about the rescheduled match will be announced at a later date.