Talent and attitude helped Trinity win its first Division III national championship last Sunday over Drew (N.J.) University under difficult conditions, capping a 24-0 season.
After surviving in the semifinals last Saturday on a dramatic golden goal from Chris Quinn in a 3-2 victory over Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Trinity won the title over Drew in front of 3,000 fans on a cold New Jersey day.
The San Antonio university held the No. 1 national ranking in Division III from start to finish this year and conceded only seven goals in 24 games.
After receiving a first-round bye, Trinity plowed through the University of the Ozarks, Piedmont College and California-Santa Cruz before ousting Wisconsin-Oshkosh in a battle of unbeaten teams in the semifinals. Inexplicably, the NCAA had the semifinals and final on consecutive days, making it a physical and mental battle of endurance.