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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 36 MAAC Championships since joining the MAAC. In 2012-13, Siena boasted six Senior CLASS Award candidates, third most in the nation behind Notre Dame and Florida State.

Take a look at some of the accomplishments…

Men’s Basketball

  • Six MAAC Championships and six 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

  • Finished the 2011 season ranked No. 20 nationally in both major polls
  • Won MAAC Championship in 2009 and 2011, earning an NCAA Tournament bid each year
  • Won four consecutive MAAC regular-season champion ships and five in the past seven seasons. Over the past seven years, the Saints have won 76 games – tied for the eighth most in the nation
  • Brent Herbst ’10 became first Siena lacrosse player to be drafted by MLL
  • 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
  • Tom Morr ’12 was one of just 10 finalists nationally for the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

Women’s Basketball

  • 2001 MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance
  • Seven regular-season MAAC Championships
  • Three WNIT appearances


  • Eight MAAC Championships, including four of the last eight
  • Five NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Taylor Akana ’14 was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore


  • Four MAAC Championships, reached title game in 2008, 2011 and 2013
  • 1999 NCAA Tournament appearance
  • 37 players have signed professional contracts
  • John Lannan ’06 pitches for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • 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
  • Mike Fish was drafted in the 32nd Round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. Fish was named MAAC Player of the Year in 2013 and a Third Team ABCA All-American

Men’s Golf

  • Two MAAC Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Don DeNyse III ’11 won the MAAC individual champion ship in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament

Women’s Golf

  • 12 consecutive MAAC Tournament Championships from 2001-2012 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2012
  • Honored by NCAA for posting multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top-10 percent of all teams each of the past three years

Women’s Lacrosse

  • Five MAAC Tournament appearances, including each of the last four years
  • Won 2005 regular-season MAAC Co-Championship


  • Won first MAAC regular-season title in 2013 behind MAAC Coach of the Year Bill Lajeunesse 
  • Junior Shannon Jones ’13 was named the MAAC Co-Player of the Year in 2012 and broke many of the program’s offensive records
  • 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 a hitter and a Second Team honoree for her pitching accolades

Swimming and Diving

  • Program earned scholar All-American status in 2013
  • Swam to a third-place finish at the MAAC Championships in 2010, its second best in program history
  • Posted six straight seasons with a .500 or better record
  • Brittany Povalko ’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

  • The team’s 3.38 GPA in 2012 was the 12th highest in the nation
  • Finished second in the MAAC in 2008 and 2010, equaling its best league finish ever
  • In 2012 defeated nationally ranked opponents Ohio State and Iona and also earned a win over Syracuse

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
  • Finished as the 10th Most Improved Team in the country in 2008
  • Since the start of the 2007 season, the Saints have posted a highly impressive 36-9-5 (.770)
  • 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 NSCAA Team Academic Award in 2012

Cross Country

  • Men’s and women’s programs earned USTFCCA All-Academic status in 2011
  • Both programs were honored by NCAA for posting multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top-10 percent multiple times (men: 2010, 2011 and 2012; women: 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013)

Men’s Tennis

  • Honored by NCAA for posting multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top-10 percent of all teams the past four 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 the past four years

Field Hockey

  • Program joins the new MAAC Field Hockey League in 2013

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 in 2013
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