Men's Water Polo All-Decade Team Revealed
Dec. 17, 2009
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The conclusion of the first decade of the new millennium is just days away and to commemorate it, the UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department will take a look back and honor the athletes who have made the biggest impact on their respective teams over the past 10 years.
It has been a decade that saw a national championship, numerous Big West titles, All-Americans, Players of the Year, record-setting performances and far more victories than defeats.
In a retrospective look, the team sports at UCSB will release the All-Decade Teams - compiling the players who helped make those teams successful from 2000-09.
Sure, there are certain criteria for selecting the starting lineups of these teams. To be considered for the All-Decade Team in his or her sport, a student-athlete must have played the majority of their contests in the past 10 years; student-athletes who spent more time at UCSB to accomplish greater things typically will be given the edge over those who either left early or started late, but it won't rule out transfer students or those who departed for professional careers; while the players selected may have won more awards or had better statistics, the All-Decade Teams don't go solely by what happens between the lines or shows up in the box scores - intangibles play a large role; the idea of the All-Decade Team is to make the best starting lineup of the players who competed for UCSB from 2000-09. Part two of this 10-part series, which will be released over the final two weeks of 2009, is the UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team.
Over the past 10 seasons, the men's water polo team has compiled 136 wins and has ended eight seasons ranked among the nation's top-10 teams, including three consecutive seasons ranked at No. 6 (2006-08).
UCSB has had nine players named All-Americans (with the 2009 selections not yet announced) - including a First Team All-American - and has had 17 placed on All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Teams.
Many talented players have represented the blue and gold over the past 10 seasons at Campus Pool and here are the seven that make up the All-Decade Team, in alphabetical order.
Brian Alexander, 2001-04, Defender
A two-time All-American, Brian Alexander's post-collegiate career has been even more impressive than his time at UCSB. The Cambria, Calif. native is currently a member of the United States National Team and was an alternate for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
While at UCSB, Alexander tallied 149 goals during his four-year career, which now ranks ninth all-time in the Gaucho record books and third among players from this past decade. He got his collegiate career off to a solid start, earning the team's Rookie of the Year honors in 2001. Fittingly, it was his final two seasons in which he made his biggest impact. During his junior campaign, he scored 70 goals, making him one of just 11 Gauchos to accomplish that feat in a single season and he was the first to do so since 1994. For his standout play, he was awarded Third Team All-American honors and Third Team All-MPSF accolades. During his senior season, he posted 64 goals, leading the Gauchos offensively and was also a defensive powerhouse. In 2004, he earned Second Team All-MPSF honors and again was awarded with All-American accolades.
Anthony Borasi, 1999-2002, Driver/Defender
A 2002 All-American Honorable Mention, Anthony Borasi brought speed to the Gaucho attack during his time at Campus Pool. As a senior, Borasi led a young Gaucho team with 34 goals on the season and scored in 18 of UCSB's 25 games. He tallied a total of 76 career goals. As a rookie, he was named the Gauchos' Freshman of the Year and he was named the team's most improved player three consecutive seasons.
Milos Golic, 2007-Present, Utility
Destined to go down in history as one of the Gauchos' all-time greats, this junior is already a two-time All-American and three-time All-MPSF selection. During his freshman season in 2007, Golic tallied 53 goals for the Gauchos and was named the MPSF Newcomer of the Year and an Honorable Mention All-American. He built upon his rookie year and in 2008, he led UCSB and the MPSF with his 3.03 goals per game average. He picked up First Team All-MPSF honors at the end of the season and became the first Gaucho in 20 years to earn First Team All-American accolades. Additionally, he was named UCSB's Male Athlete of the Year at the 2008-09 SB Awards.
This past season, he once again led the conference, posting a 2.75 goals per game average and was once again awarded with First Team All-MPSF honors. The native of Belgrade, Serbia has already become just the fourth player in program history to surpass 200 career goals and has 212 with one more year of eligibility left. Not just a standout in the pool, Golic is also a two-time All-Academic honoree and was UCSB's 2008-09 Golden Eagle Ring Award winner for having the best GPA out of all Gaucho male athletes.
Andrew Schoneberger, 2001-04, Left-Handed Driver
Andrew Schoneberger has been selected to the All-Decade team not just for his outstanding play, but also for his outstanding leadership. The left-handed driver was a three-time McCormick Leadership Award recipient and also a two-time All-MPSF Honorable Mention. Shoneberger was the Gauchos' second leading scorer for three consecutive years and tallied a total of 110 career-goals ranking 19th all-time in the Gaucho record books. The Santa Barbara, Calif. native had the honor of representing the United States at the 2003 World University Games in Daegu, South Korea.
Schoneberger also played for the UCSB baseball team for two seasons as a left-handed pitcher. He made 35 relief appearances on the mound for the Gauchos.
Ross Sinclair, 2003-07, Driver
Ross Sinclair helped lead UCSB to two of its most successful seasons of this decade. The two-time Third Team All-American and two-time Second Team All-MPSF selection led UCSB in scoring during both the 2007 and 2008 seasons. During that two-year span, the Gauchos posted a 40-28 record.
As a junior and senior, he also led the team in assists, steals and field blocks. During his final season, he strung together an impressive 15-game scoring streak, one game shy of tying his 16-game streak from the previous year. Sinclair tallied a total of 156 career goals, which is tied sixth on the UCSB all-time career goals list with Peter Neushul and is the second most by a player from this decade. Since graduating from UCSB, Sinclair has played professionally in both Australia and France.
Trevor Spence, 1997-2001, Goalkeeper
Trevor Spence played at UCSB from 1997-2001 and was the Gauchos' starting goalkeeper from 1999-2001. The San Diego, Calif. native was an All-American in 1999 as well as a Third Team All-MPSF honoree. A member of the 1997 USA Junior National Team, Spence anchored the UCSB defense during his three seasons as a starter. For his career, he posted a total of 492 saves and an average of 8.36 saves per game. Meanwhile, he had a career goals-against average of 6.52.
During the 2000 season, Spence had eight games with double-digit saves and on Oct. 22, 2000 in a game against Pacific, he posted a career-high 20 saves, a feat that was not repeated by a Gaucho until eight years later when Fraser Bunn posted 20 saves against UC San Diego (Oct. 24, 2008). Following his career at UCSB, Spence played professionally in Australia.
Zsombor Vincze, 2006-Present, Utility
Zsombor Vincze came to UCSB from Szeged, Hungary in 2006 and immediately made an impact on the program. In his first season with the Gauchos, he scored 30 goals ranking fourth on the team and was named an All-MPSF Honorable Mention. During that season, he helped the Gauchos to their first 20-win season (21-14) since 1990 and their best national finish - No. 6 - since 1994. As a sophomore he once again picked up All-MPSF Honorable Mention honors after posting 46 goals and leading the squad with 46 earned penalties or ejections.
After being sidelined with an injury in 2008, Vincze returned to the pool this season and posted 38 goals, good for second on the squad. With one year of eligibility left, he currently ranks 17th all-time in the UCSB record books with 123 career goals. Like Golic, he is not just an excellent water polo player, but also a phenomenal student, having earned the Golden Eagle Ring Award in 2007.