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Mission Statement | About Siena Athletics

Mission Statement

The Athletic Department will provide a dynamic and progressive environment in which members of the Siena community can take part in competitive and or recreational opportunities while providing its student athletes with a positive environment in which to learn, live, compete and practice.

Core Values

1. Community
The athletic department will provide opportunities in which student athletes can share in the Franciscan values of Siena through its Saints in the Community program. The department recognizes the unique place Siena athletics holds in the Capital Region and that it has a responsibility to share its major varsity sports teams with the community.

2. Equity
Athletics will prioritize the competitive opportunities it offers the student athletes in a fair manner. The department will provide recreational and intramural opportunities to all members of the community who desire to participate.

3. Integrity
The athletic department will win the right way. Success achieved by taking short cuts or operating outside prescribed requirements-NCAA, Conference, College policy--is a hollow success. As a staff our actions and attitude will serve as examples to our students and teach them that any success worth having should be done the right way.

4. Student Centered
The department's services and efforts will be centered on the student athletes and will assist them in developing to their full academic, athletic and social potential. Student athletes will be given the opportunity to develop skills such as leadership, teamwork, decision-making and organization. We will educate student athletes to the importance of respect, responsibility, accountability and compassion. Our recreational programs will provide the student community a means whereby their social development will continue beyond the classroom experiences.

About Siena Athletics...

Since Siena's founding in 1937, athletics have played an important role in the development of its students and community.

In 1976, Siena's athletics program was elevated to NCAA Division I status. With that move, the College committed itself to upgrading its program and making all teams competitive. After stops in the ECAC Metro and North Atlantic Conference, Siena moved to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in 1989, where it has made its mark.

The Program

Siena has won 41 MAAC Championships since joining the MAAC. In 2014-15, Siena's volleyball team captured its record ninth MAAC Championship.

Take a look at some of the accomplishments...

Men's Basketball

  • 2014 College Basketball Invitational Champions
  • Six MAAC Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Three NCAA Tournament victories (1989 vs. Stanford, 2008 vs. Vanderbilt and 2009 vs. Ohio State)
  • Six Postseason NIT appearances, including 1994 semifinals at Madison Square Garden
  • Edwin Ubiles became the first former Saint to play in an NBA game, appearing for the Washington Wizards during the 2011-12 season
  • Kenny Hasbrouck '09 signed with the Miami Heat and is currently one of seven former student athletes playing basketball overseas professionally
  • Tay Fisher '08 plays for the Harlem Globetrotters
  • O.D. Anosike '13 led the nation in rebounding in 2011-12 and 2012-13 and Ronald Moore `10 led the country in assists in 2010

Men's Lacrosse

  • Three MAAC Championships and NCAA Tournament Appearances
  • Won 92 games since the start of the 2007 season – the 10th highest total in all of Division I
  • Finished the 2011 season ranked No. 20 nationally in both major polls
  • Won four consecutive MAAC Regular Season Championships from 2009-12 and six overall in the past nine seasons
  • Brent Herbst '10 became first Siena lacrosse player to be drafted by Major League Lacrosse
  • Bryan Neufeld '12 was a two-time All-American Honorable Mention and capped his career with 156 goals - the most of any Division I player from the Class of 2012
  • Boasted at least one candidate for prestigious Senior CLASS Award each of the past six years with seven candidates in total including Tom Morr '12 was one of 10 national finalists
  • Casey Dowd '15 graduated ranking tied for fifth all-time in NCAA Division I history in groundballs (472) and sixth in faceoffs won (772)

Women's Basketball

  • First MAAC Women's Basketball program to win three games in a national postseason tournament, advancing to the 2015 Women's Basketball Invitational Championship
  • 2001 MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance
  • Seven regular-season MAAC Championships
  • Three WNIT appearances
  • Tehresa Coles '15 was named the MAAC honoree for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award and Lily Grenci '13 was tabbed a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award


  • Record nine MAAC Championships, including four straight from 2005-08
  • Five NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Taylor Akana '14 and Lesli Akeo '13 were named MAAC honorees in consecutive years for both the NCAA Woman of the Year and Senior CLASS Awards


  • Defeated Dallas Baptist 9-8 (10) in the 2014 Fort Worth Regional for program's first NCAA Tournament win
  • Five MAAC Championships, reached title game four times in the last five seasons
  • 1999 and 2014 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • 42 players have signed professional contracts
  • John Lannan '06 pitched in the Major Leagues for the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets
  • Dan Paolini was drafted in the 10th Round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners after setting the MAAC all-time home run record (54) in just three seasons and earning All-American honors as a sophomore and junior

Men's Golf

  • Three MAAC Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Don DeNyse III '11 won the MAAC individual championship in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament

Women's Golf

  • Won 13 of last 15 MAAC Tournament Championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2014
  • Kylie Strijek '14 won 2014 MAAC Individual Championship

Women's Lacrosse

  • Six MAAC Tournament appearances, including five of the past six years
  • Won 2005 regular-season MAAC Co-Championship


  • Won first MAAC regular-season title in 2013 behind MAAC Coach of the Year Bill Lajeunesse
  • Won program-record 29 games in 2014 and posted five consecutive 20-win seasons
  • Junior Shannon Jones '13 was named the MAAC Co-Player of the Year in 2012 and a Senior CLASS Award Candidate in 2013
  • Jessika-Jo Sandrini '14 became the first player in school history, in 2012 and 2013, to be named to two All-MAAC teams; she was a First Team selection as both a pitcher (2014) and a hitter (2012 and 2013)

Swimming and Diving

  • Captured the bronze medal at the ECAC Championships each of the past two seasons
  • Swam to a second place finish at the 2013 MAAC Championships
  • Kelsey Helin '15 was named the Female Walk-on Athlete of the Year by College Swimming and Diving Honors
  • Brittany Pavolko '11 was an academic All-District selection in 2011 after winning two MAAC titles and breaking the individual record in the 100 and 200 fly
  • Katie Carew '12 was the MAAC's national representative on the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She was the league's female nominee for the 2011 NCAA Sportsmanship award.

Men's Soccer

  • Defeated three NSCAA Top-25 opponents in the past four seasons – No. 23 Boston University in 2014 and No. 15 Ohio State and No. 16 Iona in 2011
  • Achieved three of the program's four winningest seasons the past five years
  • For two consecutive weeks in mid-September 2014 received votes in the NSCAA Top-25 Poll with a peak of 24 votes on Sept. 16 which marked the 32nd highest total in the nation
  • Jannis Opakla '13 James Beeston '14 were both candidates for the Senior CLASS Award
  • Finished second in the MAAC three times (2008, 2010, 2012), equaling the program's highest league finish

Women's Soccer

  • Captured its first MAAC Championship in 2010 and made its first NCAA Women's College Cup appearance
  • Started the 2010 season 12-0-0, ranking No. 25 nationally in the Soccer America poll and standing as the last undefeated, untied team in Division I
  • Tabitha Tice '11 was named the MAAC Honoree for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award in 2011 and Anna Grant '15 was named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award in 2014
  • Held a 15-game home unbeaten streak from 2009-11 and a 20-game non-league home win streak from 2007-12 (18-0-2)
  • Earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award each of the past 12 seasons

Cross Country

  • The men's program won Trinity College's Bantam Invitational in 2013 with woman's runner Christie MacFarlane ‘16 capturing the individual title
  • Kelly Pasko '17 was named a Junior All-American after running ninth at the 2014 Junior Women's Nationals 6K race Men's Tennis
  • Honored by NCAA for posting multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top-10 percent of all teams each of the past seven years

Women's Tennis

  • 2006 MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance
  • Honored by NCAA for posting multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top-10 percent of all teams each of the past seven years Field Hockey
  • Program joined the new MAAC Field Hockey League in 2013
  • Honored by NCAA for posting multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top-10 percent of all teams in 2015

Water Polo

  • Won the 2011 Saints Cup for community service, campus activism and academic performance
  • Honored by NCAA for posting multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top-10 percent of all teams each of the past three years

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