Trinity University Athletes Shine in Fall Sports Competitions

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James Hill ’76

Nov. 29, 2011

Trinity University Athletes Shine in Fall Sports Competitions

WOMEN'S SOCCER - Competing in their 17th NCAA Division III postseason tournament, the Tigers advanced to the third round. Ithaca College edged Trinity 1-0 in an overtime match-up at Ithaca, N.Y. The Tigers hosted two NCAA games, beating St. Scholastica (Minn.) and defending national champion Hardin-Simmons. At season's end, the Tigers had a 22-1-0 mark, setting a school record for victories. In the regular season, Tigers were undefeated with a 20-0-0 record, the third perfect season in Trinity history. Led by eighth-year head Coach Lance Key, Trinity won its 16th overall Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship (the sixth under Key), with an 8-0-0 record. Key was elected the SCAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time. Senior forward Abby Loar was named the SCAC Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. First-year player Stephanie Segovia was selected as the SCAC Newcomer of the Year. Eight Tiger players were named to the All-SCAC Team.

FOOTBALL - Trinity returned to the NCAA playoffs for the first time in four years, completing the regular season with a 10-0 record, the first unblemished regular-season campaign since 2005. The Tigers won their 15th SCAC title, but lost to McMurry 25-16 in the playoffs. Head Coach Steve Mohr, in his 22nd season, was elected SCAC Co-Coach of the Year, earning the top accolade for the 11th time. Senior linebacker Ben Robinson was named SCAC Defensive Player of the Year, highlighting a group of 19 Tiger players chosen for the All-SCAC Team.

MEN'S SOCCER -Head Coach Paul McGinlay, in his 21st year at the Tigers helm, guided Trinity to the NCAA playoffs for the 14th time. Texas-Tyler upset the Tigers in an NCAA second-round home game. Trinity also captured its 14th SCAC Championship, sporting a 9-0-0 record. First-year goalkeeper Matt Cardone was named the SCAC Newcomer of the Year, heading a list of eight Tigers elected to the all-conference team. Trinity completed the season with a 14-2-2 record.

CROSS COUNTRY - Two Tiger sophomores competed in the NCAA Women's Championship meet at Winneconne, Wis. Rosemary Steup and Maddie Murphy, facing a field of 277 runners, finished the 6K event in 74th and 82nd place, respectively. The Tiger duo earned their second straight invitations to nationals, with strong performances at the NCAA Regionals at Texas Lutheran in Seguin. Steup placed fifth at Regionals, and Murphy was sixth. Murphy earlier captured the SCAC crown at Sewanee, Tenn., and Steup came in at No. 4. The Tiger women were SCAC runners-up, and the men's team finished fourth. Five Tiger runners, three women, and two men turned in All-SCAC times. Trinity's head coach for women's and men's cross country is Jenny Breuer, who completed her 13th season.

VOLLEYBALL - The Tigers made a strong run at the SCAC Championship, at the tournament played at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.  Fifth-seeded Trinity defeated Sewanee: University of the South, and then beat No. 4 Birmingham-Southern. The Tigers upset top seed (and nationally sixth-ranked) Southwestern in the semifinals, before falling to No. 2 Colorado College, the defending conference champion. Trinity completed the campaign with a 22-16 record. In student honors, first-year hitter Maggie Emodi and senior right-side player Catharine Found were elected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Honorable Mention Team. Emodi had one of the best first seasons in Trinity history, as she was also named the AVCA South Region Freshman of the Year, and the SCAC Freshman of the Year. The Tigers are led by 27th-year Head Coach Julie Jenkins.

TENNIS - The fall season was successful for Trinity's men and women, as four Tiger players competed in the USTA/Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Small College Championships at Mobile, Ala. Senior Max Frey and junior Erick DelaFuente took home fifth place in the Division III Men's Doubles event. In addition, Frey represented Trinity in singles at the prestigious tournament. First-year player MacKenzie Knoop placed sixth in women's singles, and teamed with first-year teammate Stephanie Williamson in doubles. All of the participants qualified for the national tournament by capturing ITA Regional Championships. Russell McMindes is in his third season as the men's head coach, and his first as the women's.