SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After posting a hat trick in five straight games to end the week, Boris Jovanovic has become the first player ever to be named the GCC Player of the Week three straight times, the conference announced on Thursday.
The Novi Sad, Serbia native stayed hot during the Gauchos' busiest week of the year, leading No. 7 UCSB to a 4-2 record while tallying 16 goals. That included a 16-13 win over No. 11 UC San Diego and a 13-11 win over fellow GCC program No. 6 Pacific. He also helped lead the way in 17-10 and 23-3 wins over Fresno Pacific and Chapman.
Consistent as he has been all year, Jovanovic finished with exactly three goals in each of his last five contests. He put away all three Gaucho scores in a 10-3 defeat to No. 1 USC, and finished with three goals, two steals, an assist and a drawn exclusion against No. 2 UCLA. He now has 42 goals on the year, averaging 3.0 per game.
Serving as a key contributor in wins against four ranked opponents so far this year, Jovanovic has helped move the Gauchos up two spots to a No. 5 national ranking, their highest since November of 2016. At 11-3 overall, Santa Barbara is out to its best start since 2013.
Jovanovic now has more than half of the program's GCC Player of the Week honors, joining Reed Cotterill and Liam Lenihan as the only Gauchos to earn the award since UCSB joined the conference in 2016.