Nov. 28, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Freshman Milos Golic was named the 2007 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Year it was announced Wednesday by the conference. Golic was named to the All-MPSF Second Team, along with senior Ross Sinclair, and sophomore Zsombor Vincze picked up his second straight All-MPSF Honorable Mention nod.
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 ranks sixth in conference. He posted 17 multiple-goal games including seven games with a hat trick or more. Golic led UCSB with nine goals in last weekend's MPSF Tournament including five against UCLA in the fifth-place game. In addition to his prolific scoring, Golic led the team in assists during the season.
Sinclair picked up his second All-MPSF honor of his career this week, last season he was named to the second team as well. The senior led UCSB in scoring for the second straight season posting 55 goals this year with an average of 1.72 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 and field blocks, and second for assists.
Sinclair finishes 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 twenty years.
Rounding out the Gaucho honorees is Vincze, who picked up his second straight All-MPSF Honorable Mention nod. The sophomore was third amongst the Gauchos this season scoring a total of 46 goals. He scored in 23 games and averaged 1.59 goals per game, good for 13th in the MPSF. The native of Szeged, Hungary had 13 multiple-goal games and had a streak of four straight games with multiple goals against top-four ranked teams. Vincze led UCSB with a hat trick in a 9-7 win over Stanford, the first program win over the Cardinal since 1985. He also led UCSB in earned penalties and ejections this year.
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.