Jan. 5, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Junior driver Ross Sinclair was named to the 2006 NCAA Division I All-American Third Team by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. This is Sinclair's first honor making him the 45th All-American in UC Santa Barbara men's water polo history.
Sinclair led the Gauchos offensively this season scoring 64 goals and handing out 48 assists, both team-highs. The Newport Beach, Calif. native collected a team-leading 52 steals and 14 field blocks and also was second on the team with 39 earned penalties and ejections.
Scoring in 28 of Santa Barbara's 35 games this season, Sinclair had 19 multiple-goal games, five hat tricks and four games with more than three goals. From September 9 to October 14, the 5'10" driver had a 16-game streak with at least one goal scored. It was during that very streak that Sinclair earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Mikasa Player of the Week honors on September 12 after a 21-goal weekend at the Inland Empire Tournament. He earned Golden 1/ucsbgauchos.com Student-Athlete of the Week honors the same week.
At the conclusion of the season, Sinclair earned his first All-MPSF nod with his placement on the conference's second team. Additionally, he was named the Gauchos' Offensive Most Valuable Player.
Sinclair is the first player to earn All-American status under head coach Wolf Wigo, a four-time collegiate All-American himself. Gaucho alum and current U.S. National Team member Brian Alexander was the last UCSB player to earn the distinction, having been named an All-American in 2003 and 2004.
In 2006, UCSB posted an overall record of 21-14, marking the first season since 1990 that they finished with 20 or more wins and only the seventh time in program history that feat has been achieved. In the final Collegiate Water Polo Association National Coaches Poll, UCSB was ranked sixth in the nation, the team's best ranking since the 1994 season when it also finished sixth. UCSB completed the MPSF season with a fifth-place regular season and tournament finish in the ultra-competitive conference. Also notable is the fact that the 2006 roster contained no seniors.