Jan. 8, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior Ross Sinclair and freshman Milos Golic each earned All-American honors while 10 of their teammates were named to the 2007 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Academic All-Conference Team, it was announced recently.
Sinclair, who was named Third Team All-American for the second consecutive season, led UCSB in scoring for the second straight year. The senior posted 55 goals with an average of 1.72 goals per game, ranking him 11th in the MPSF. The Newport, Calif. native scored in 27 of the 32 games he played this season, including 17 multiple-goal games. Sinclair also posted the longest Gaucho scoring streak of the year with 15 straight games with a goal (Sept. 15 through Oct. 27). In addition to his scoring prowess, Sinclair also finished the season first on the team for steals (29) and field blocks (17), and tied first for assists (36).
Sinclair finished his career at UCSB tied fifth with Peter Neushul (1979-82) amongst Gaucho all-time scoring leaders with 156 career goals. He is the most prolific goal scorer UCSB has seen in over 20 years.
Golic caps his impressive freshman campaign, which included MPSF Newcomer of the Year honors, with Honorable Mention All-American honors. After joining UC Santa Barbara nine games into the season, Golic made an immediate impact on the Gaucho offense. The freshman was second on the team with 53 goals scored and first for goals per game with an average of 2.3, which ranked sixth in the conference. He posted 17 multiple-goal games including seven games with a hat trick or more. Golic led UCSB with nine goals in the MPSF Tournament including five against UCLA in the fifth-place game. Golic was also tied first with Sinclair for assists with 36 during the season.
In addition to the All-American honors, four Gaucho juniors, four sophomores, and two seniors were honored today by the MPSF for their diligence in the classroom. In order to receive all-academic honors, the student-athlete must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, must be a sophomore academically, must have completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the season for which the award is being received, and must have competed in at least 50 percent of the games played by their team.
The list also included juniors Dane Lindstrom and Ratko Paunovic, each also picking up their first all-academic honors. All-MPSF Honorable Mention Zsombor Vincze and classmates Sean Castillo and Brian Bishop round out the Gaucho honorees.
A total of 55 student-athletes across the conference were named to the all-academic team. Stanford placed a conference-high 12 student-athletes to the team, while UCSB ran a close second with its 10 honorees, an improvement of seven student-athletes from last season and the highest total in program history.
The 2007 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team ended the season with a 19-14 overall record and a sixth-place finish in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship Tournament. The Gauchos also finished the regular MPSF season in a tie for sixth-place with Pepperdine with their 3-5 conference record. UCSB ended the season ranked sixth nationally for the second consecutive year in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 20 Poll.