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GCC WEEKLY UPDATE: UC Irvine’s Antoine Lena earns Player of the Week honors.
GCC WEEKLY UPDATE: UC Irvine’s Antoine Lena earns Player of the Week honors.
Men's Water Polo - Thu, Oct. 5, 2017


LOS ANGELES - Nine games are on the schedule for the week within the Golden Coast Conference, and all but one feature a ranked opponent. Speaking of ranked, all six GCC institutions are in the top-20 once again this week, including a move to number six by UC Irvine after their win over previously top-ranked UCLA last weekend.


Senior Antoine Lena fired the game-winner with 39 seconds left to help No. 7 UC Irvine upset No. 1 UCLA, 9-8 last Saturday to Golden Coast Conference Player of the Week honors for Oct. 5. Lena scored all three of his goals in the second half, including two in the final period to answer every UCLA goal. Three goals is a season-high for Lena.

Past Winners:
Sept. 7 - Kale Ai (Pacific)
Sept. 14 - Sam Paur (Pepperdine)
Sept. 21 - Engin Ege Colak (Pacific)
Sept. 28 - Jacob Mercep (San Jose St.)
Oct. 5 - Antoine Lena (UC Irvine)


As mentioned, all six GCC teams are in this week's national coaches' poll. Pacific remained at No. 5 while the Anteaters moved up one spot to No. 6 after the win over UCLA. Long Beach State is at No. 7, UC Santa Barbara is at No. 8 and Pepperdine is at No. 9. San Jose State remains at No. 18.



Like last week, there will be a single match-up on this week's schedule featuring a conference showdown. This week the game features No. 18 San Jose State traveling to No. 6 UC Irvine on Friday, Oct. 6. Start time is 7 pm. Other featured match-ups have both No. 8 UCSB and No. 7 Long Beach State taking on No. 1 USC. No. 8 Pepperdine travels to the Gauchos for a non-conference match-up. The Waves host the No. 2 team in the nation for the second weekend in a row, hosting the Bruins on Saturday. A big showdown in Stockton will end Saturday night as No. 4 Stanford travels to No. 5 Pacific. Here is the full schedule for the week plus last week's results:

DateTimeMatch-up  ScoreNote
Sept. 303:00 PM(18) San Jose State @ (4) Stanford5-16 
 12:00 PM(2) USC @ (9) Pepperdine5-11 
 12:00 PM(3) California @ (8) UCSB12-9 
 1:00 PM(1) UCLA @ (7) UC Irvine8-9 
 7:00 PM(5) Pacific @ (6) Long Beach State14-10GCC Match-up
Oct. 55:00 PM(7) Long Beach State @ (1) USC  
 7:00 PM(9) Pepperdine @ (8) UCSB  
Oct. 67:00 PM(18) San Jose State @ (6) UC Irvine GCC Match-up
Oct. 79:15 AM(15) California Baptist vs. (18) San Jose State Gary Troyer Tournament
 12:00 PM(2) UCLA @ (9) Pepperdine  
 3:30 PMLa Vernevs.(18) San Jose State Gary Troyer Tournament
 4:45 PM(RV) Whittiervs.(18) San Jose State Gary Troyer Tournament
 7:00 PM(4) Stanford @ (5) Pacific  
Oct. 812:00 PM(1) USC @ (8) UCSB  


Long Beach State's Freshman Marwan Darwish had five saves against No. 5 Pacific including one penalty shot save in the GCC match-up last Saturday. No. 6 Long Beach State will be back on the road Thursday, as the men's water polo team will be in Los Angeles to take on No. 2 USC at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. This will be the second time that the Beach (9-6) will face the Trojans (16-1). The two battled back on Sept. 17, with USC coming away with the win at the Aggie Invitational..

Luke Pavillard scored six goals to lead Pacific to a 14-10 win over No. 6 Long Beach State in the GCC season opener Saturday, the Tigers lone game of the week. He registered his six goals on 10 shots, reaching a hat trick by the end of the first quarter. He also added a field block as the Tigers improved to 12-2 overall this season. For the year, Pavillard has 45 goals in 14 games (3.21 GPG). The Tigers host No. 4 Stanford Saturday at 7 p.m.

Marko Asic had two goals in the loss against USC, on a .400 shooting percentage. Mate Toth also had two goals on the day for the Waves. The No. 9 Pepperdine men's water polo team plays travels to No. 8 UC Santa Barbara on Thursday for a non-conference matchup, and host No. 2 UCLA on Saturday.

San Jose State remains ranked 18th nationally and will travel to No. 6 UC Irvine for a GCC match-up on Friday at 7 p.m. They will then play three games on Saturday at the Gary Troyer Tournament. They will face No. 15 California Baptist at 9:15 a.m., La Verne at 3:30 p.m., and Whitter at 4:45 p.m.

Fresh off an upset win over No. 1 UCLA, the sixth-ranked UC Irvine men's water polo team will now open Golden Coast Conference play as it welcomes No. 13 San José State to Anteater Aquatics Complex for a 7 p.m. showdown on Friday, Oct. 6. The Anteaters beat the Bruins for the first time since 2007, snapping a streak of 17 consecutive losses. UCI is 9-4 overall, dealing UCLA its first loss of the season (12-1).

The No. 8 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team (8-5) hosts a pair of Top-10 ranked opponents this week, welcoming No. 9 Pepperdine (13-6) to Campus Pool on Thursday night and No. 2 USC (16-1) on Sunday afternoon. The Gauchos went 3-1 in four meetings with the Waves in 2016, however, their only loss came in the Golden Coast Conference (GCC) Semifinals. Pepperdine is coming off an 11-5 loss at the hands of USC. On Sunday afternoon, the Gauchos will take on the No. 2 ranked Trojans, whose only loss on the year came against now No. 1 UCLA at the Mountain Pacific Invitational.