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Tigers v CCNY

Tigers v CCNY

After a strong 3-0 start the Tigers struggle to come up with a win as they lose four games in a row. The last two wins for the Tigers were Central Penn 52-28 and a close game against PSU Mont Alto 59-56.

The Tigers losses statistically have been a result of a low shooting percentage and higher than normal turnover rate. I was able to bring in Senior Guard, Kiana Graves to share some insight on what she thought contributed to the changes in the Tigers game and how they planned to improve.

I started by asking Kiana, “What has been the difference in the first three games and the last four games?” She stated, “The difference has been stamina with our small roster and I think we dug ourselves into a hole not only with our losses but mentally after winning three game following by losing four games in a row.

I followed by asking, “As a senior guard for Tigers what type of changes will the tigers need to make to end the losing streak?” Kiana said, “We need to put together a full forty minutes of basketball; we usually have a strong start but once we get tired we stop playing our game and make bad decisions with the ball.”

I said to Kiana, “There are two games left before winter break. How do you see the Tigers competitively against WAU (6-5) and MACU (3-4)?” She responded by saying, “For Washington Adventist we have to come out playing hard and our game which is smart basketball no matter their record. For MACU we can’t come out underestimating the opponent again no matter their record.”

Lastly, I had to ask the senior about the Tigers stats these last few games when I asked her did she have any comment on it she said, “It’s been hard with a lot of injuries and a short bench but I mostly think people are mentally checked out after losing and finals week is hunting us. So, there are many factors.”

We appreciate the inside scoop from the Senior Guard, Kiana Graves and hope that the Tigers win their two final games before the winter break. Good luck to the Tigers as finals week is approaching.

The Tiger will face Washington Adventist University on the Shock’s home court Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7 PM.

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Posted: December 4th, 2017 under Basketball, Uncategorized - No Comments.

Player Highlight: King #24

Junior, Alyssa King

Junior, Alyssa King

Name: Alyssa King

Year: Junior

Major: Occupational Therapy/ Human Relations

Something other than your sport you’re passionate about: Dance

Favorite professional sports team: Lakers

Ice bath or hot tub: Hot Tub

Apple or HP: Apple

Favorite movie genre: Horror

Something the Trinity Community doesn’t know about you: I won Prom Queen

Posted: November 30th, 2017 under Basketball, Uncategorized - No Comments.

Trinity Soccer: The Results Are In!

Senior, Gabriela Escobar

Senior, Gabriela Escobar

Yesterday, November 14, 2017, the Association of Division III Independents released the names of 2017 All-Independent Women’s Soccer Teams and the Trinity Tigers made the list. First Team included Forward, Angely Mercado and Defender, Gabriela Escobar. Second Team included Midfielder, Jessica Alonso and Defender, Brenda Alonso. Tigers Forward, Angely Mercado also earned DIII Independents Offensive Player of the Year. Mercado led AD3I with 22 goals and 49 points in just nine games this season. She has been ranked in the top two nationally for goals per game and points per game throughout the season.The Tigers recorded a .500 season up from their 2016 season of .438. Coach Amy Olson is tasked with replacing 5 seniors for next seasons to fill and add to her developing team.

Posted: November 15th, 2017 under Soccer, Uncategorized - No Comments.

A Fresh Start for Trinity Basketball

Trinity huddle during timeout.

Tigers huddle during timeout.

The Trinity Tigers start their season off with a win in an exhibition game against the College of Southern MD. Last season the Tigers struggled winning only 5 of their 19 games. With the Tigers facing many of the same teams this season they plan to seek redemption.

Trinity basketball coaching staff had many difficult decisions to make regarding the game plan going into the scrimmage with #12 for the College of Southern MD scoring 41 points earlier that week and the Tigers only having four returning players to start the new season.

The Tigers proved to have the winning strategy playing an aggressive defense protecting the three-point line and outrebounding the Hawks defensively. On the offensive end Senior, Kiana Graves had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds as well as Senior, Zuri Wells with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman, Londyn Wooten also contributed a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The final score for the game was 62-59.

The Tigers travel to their first away game against Central Penn on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:00PM in PA. Meet us back at home for our home-opener against PSU Mont Alto on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00PM. Pregame festivities for the home-opener will start at 5PM outside of the Trinity Center.  Follow Trinity Athletics on Twitter @TrinityDCTigers for game footage, photos, and updates.

Posted: November 13th, 2017 under Basketball, Uncategorized - No Comments.

Player Highlights

Najiyah VonHendricks

Najiyah VonHendricks

 Najiyah VonHendricks | Volleyball | Biology | Sophomore

Favorite musical artist: Lor Scoota

City or country? City

Favorite Quote: I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.

Lucky number: 4

Career Path: Doctor

 

Bruna Distinto

Bruna Distinto

 

 

Bruna Distinto | Soccer | Volleyball | International Relations/Sociology | Senior

Favorite color: Royal Blue

Water or Gatorade: Water

Countries visited: Bolivia, Brazil and US

Superstitions you believe: None

Where do you see yourself in five years? Working for United We Dream

 

Posted: October 19th, 2017 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

Trinity Tigers Defeated in Rematch against Washington Adventist University

JoyTrinity volleyball struggles to pick up their first win but play a competitive game against rival Washington Adventist University (Shock) Thursday, October 6, 2017. The player additions to the Shock proved to be useful in helping the Shock end the match in three straight sets (25-14, 25-16, 25-16).

However, Jr, Kenna Brooks opened up her game in the rivalry with 7 kills, 8.5 points, 2 digs and 1 block followed by Jr, Naysha Carrasquillo with 3 kills, 7 points, 3 aces and 1 block. Setter, Tatianna Marroquin helped the team stay within reach of the Shock with 8 assists, 9 digs and 1 kill.

The Tigers fought hard and have one more chance at redemption against the Shock on October 17, 2017 at 7 PM on the Shock’s home court.

 

Trinity volleyball will continue their season with their next home match against Virginia Union University on Thursday October 12, 2017 at 7 PM.

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Posted: October 10th, 2017 under Uncategorized, Volleyball - No Comments.

Player of the Week: September 23 – October 1

Forward, Angely Mercado

Forward, Angely Mercado

 

Player of the Week for September 23 – October 1 is Tigers forward, Angely Mercado. Mercado is from Takoma Park, MD right outside of the DC area. She studies nursing and dominates in soccer.

Stats:

v PSU Hazleton G:5 A:2

v Christendom College G:2 *scored winning OT goal

v Hollins University G:4

 

Shelby Swann: “Tell me about your soccer career leading up to starting at Trinity?”

Angely Mercado: “I started out as a goalie in about the 3rd or 4th grade playing for the Takoma Park club team. I also for the College Park club team growing up. I played varsity all four years for Parkdale High School in Riverdale, MD which led to me getting a scholarship to play for the College of Southern Maryland where I played my freshman season.”

Shelby Swann: “So you are a sophomore on the field?”

Angely Mercado: “Yes, only two years of eligibility after this season.”

Shelby Swann: “Interesting. This week you are Trinity’s Player of the Week as well as D3 Independents Player of the Week for your outstanding performances in the past three games. What lead to these team victories and personal career accomplishments this week?”

Angely Mercado: “Teamwork! Without the team I wouldn’t be able to have the stats I have now.”

Shelby Swann: “You scored 6 goals in 1 game to earn your first D3 Independents Player of the Week and this week you scored 11 goals in 3 games to earn the same award. How do you manage to dominate in each game the way you do?”

Angely Mercado: “I just do my part for the team that’s how I’m able to perform. Of course, I practice every day and you know the skills come with the effort and practice. [Laughter]”

Shelby Swann: “When you aren’t passing three defenders and scoring on the opposing team’s goalie unassisted, you receive assists from your center-mid’s Jessica Alonso and Raissa Audrey Tseumie. How do they elevate your scoring game?”

Angely Mercado: “Perfect passes to my chest or feet! No matter where I am on the field they can get me the ball with their great skills. This is how we perform as a team.”

Shelby Swann: “I’m not sure if you know but you are nationally ranked #1/198 players by NCAA D3 for goals per game and points per game. You are also ranked #1/27 in shots on goal per game and #17/176 in assists per game. How does this make you feel to be one of the best forwards in D3 soccer?”

Angely Mercado: “To be honest I didn’t even know I was ranked so it comes as a surprise. It feels good, it’s great, but mostly surprising.”

Shelby Swann: “Well, it is well deserved. Do you think being a good scorer helps you be a better passer or being a good passer helps you be a better scorer?”

Angely Mercado: “Being a good scorer helps me be a better passer. I like to help my teammates shoot, but if we need a goal, I will go score.”

Shelby Swann: “All this with a broken hand and a cast that you often have to protect when falling. It clearly doesn’t affect your game but when does the cast come off?”

Angely Mercado: “[Laughter] I go to our team doctor October 9th to get some x-rays and to check if I need to keep the cast longer.”

Shelby Swann: The fans want to know something interesting about you. Give us the scoop!

Angely Mercado: “Um I don’t think I’m that interesting but something people may not know is that my dad is from the Dominican Republic and my mom is from Guatemala.”

Shelby Swann: “Alright. Thank you for your time. Keep up the good work!”

Posted: October 4th, 2017 under Uncategorized - No Comments.

Tigers Pick Up Road Win

Lead Scorer, Angely Mercado

Lead Scorer, Angely Mercado

The Trinity Washington University Tigers women’s soccer team put on a show Saturday afternoon as they outscored Hollins University 6-2 for their 5th win of the season.

Trinity’s first score of the event came from senior, Raissa Audrey Tseumie. She took an unassisted shot over the goalkeepers head from the top left corner 8 minutes into the game. Just 2 minutes later Hollins player, Mallory Jengo scored to tie to the game.

Before halftime Trinity managed to score 3 more goals taking a 3 point lead over Hollins. Angely Mercado scored in the 29th minute off an assist from Jessica Alonso who passed over the middle leading Mercado to a 1 v 1 with Hollins goalkeeper. Mercado scored again in the 37th minute assisted by Tseumie. To end the half Senior, Bruna Distino scored off a direct kick.

In the 71st minute Hollins only scoring player for the game Jengo scored again to open the 2nd half bringing the score to 4-2. Just 3 minutes later Trinity’s lead scorer, Mercado scored an unassisted goal after passing through three defenders of a fast break. Mercado closed the game in the 87th minute with her final goal assisted by Jessica Alonso.

Trinity outshot Hollins 20-10 for the game. Goalie, Vanessa Ramirez made 3 saves and earned her 3rd win for the season in goal.

The Tigers (5-3) play away Friday, October 6th against Salem International University (3-9) at 2 PM.

Follow Trinity Athletics on Twitter @TrinityDCTigers for game footage, photos, and updates.

Posted: October 2nd, 2017 under Soccer, Uncategorized - No Comments.

3 Game Win Streak with Win Against Crusaders

Center-Mid, Jessica Alonso

Center-Mid, Jessica Alonso

Quote from Captain, Jessica Alonso jokingly said “We like to make it a close game!”

The Trinity Tigers Soccer team were up 2-0 against the Christendom College Crusaders in the 1st half when they thought the game was secure. After Angely Mercado stole a pass from a defender and scored a goal and Jessica Alonso took a pass from Raissa Audrey Tseumie to shot and score from 26 yards the Tigers seemed to relax.

However, the Crusaders cut the led to 1 with a penalty kick by Anna Solitario. Martha Blank followed with a shot from inside 18 yards to tie the game and force the game into overtime.

The Tigers ended the game quickly, 1 minute and 6 second into overtime Jessica Alonso passed to Angely Mercado to close the game 3-2.

Another overtime win for the Tigers and a 3 game win streak. The Tigers are on the road this Saturday, September 30th to face Hollins University in VA at 2PM!!

Posted: September 28th, 2017 under Soccer, Uncategorized - No Comments.

Tigers Breeze Past PSU Hazleton

Goalkeeper, Laura Lusuli

Goalkeeper, Laura Lusuli

The Tigers record is 3-3 after last night’s win over PSU Hazleton. The Tigers beat PSU 8-3.

Leading scorer, Angely Mercado scored 5 goals and had 2 assists. Most of her goals were breakaway goals from between 35 to 20 yards out. Mercado’s 4th goal was assisted by a punt from Tigers, goalkeeper Laura Lusuli where Mercado split 2 defenders to score. Goalkeeper, Laura Lusuli had an outstanding game only allowing 3 goals with 16 saves.

The Tigers did not let up in the second half increasing the lead from 1 goal to 5 goals. Dicilia Ramirez scored the last 2 goals of the game assisted by Angely Mercado.

The Tigers have turned a two game losing streak into a two game winning streak.

Come and Support your Trinity Tigers Wednesday, September 27, 2017 as they face Christendom College at 4:30 PM on the soccer field!! Follow Trinity Athletics on Twitter @TrinityDCTigers for game footage, photos, and updates.

Posted: September 26th, 2017 under Soccer, Uncategorized - No Comments.