It's hard to be No. 1 as the top-ranked Stanford men's water polo team can attest. The Cardinal was atop the CWPA poll in week two, replacing USC. UC Santa Barbara took over in week three and Stanford regained the top spot after winning the SoCal Invitational.
After beating No. 3 Pacific 11-8 in a nonconference match Sunday the Cardinal is poised to become the first repeat No. 1 of the season.
Tyler Abramson and RJ Rossman each scored three times to help Stanford extend its winning streak to six games with the result at Chris Kjeldsen Pool in Stockton.
Both teams entered with 10-1 records, the Cardinal handing the Tigers their only loss last week in Los Angeles in the semifinals of the SoCal Invitational.
Rossman scored 25 seconds into the contest but the Tigers answered with four goals over a five-minute stretch to pull ahead. Jackson Reybold scored in the final two minutes to bring the Cardinal within 4-2 after the first period.
Dylan Woodhead scored, on a feed from Abramson, with five seconds remaining in the second quarter to give Stanford a 7-5 advantage at halftime.
The Tigers came back to tie the match at 7-7 midway through the third period. Abramson and Ben Hallock netted goals to put the Cardinal ahead to stay.
Goalkeeper Andrew Chun recorded eight saves for the Cardinal, which travels to play Santa Clara at 4 p.m. Wednesday in a nonconference match.
Abramson added three assists and Bennett Williams scored a goal and recorded a pair of assists.