Feb. 5, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - For the fifth time in the past seven years, Siena Lacrosse is the preseason favorite to win the MAAC. The conference's seven head coaches also tabbed junior midfielder Conor Prunty as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year.
Siena, which returns nine of its top 10 scorers from last year's squad, received 46 votes. Detroit, which defeated the Saints in last year's MAAC Championship Game, was projected to finish second receiving 41 votes. Marist (33) was predicted third followed by Canisius (27) and new MAAC member Quinnipiac (27) which were tied for fourth. Manhattan (15) checked in sixth, followed by Monmouth (7).
The Saints boasted five of the 13 Preseason All-MAAC selections headlined by Prunty. The Yorktown Heights, N.Y. native was named a First Team All-MAAC selection last spring after pacing the conference with 50 points. Prunty, who tallied a point in all 17 games last season including seven four-point games, ranked tied for third in the MAAC in both goals (31) and assists (19).
Prunty was joined on the Preseason All-MAAC squad by teammates Colin Clive, Adam Hall, Richie Hurley and Brendan Meehan.
A senior attackman from Massapequa, N.Y., Clive enters his senior year as the program's active leader in career points (109) and goals (86). Last season he tallied six hat tricks and tied for the conference lead in goals (33) while ranking fourth in points (46) en route to being named a First Team All-MAAC selection.
Hall was a Second Team All-MAAC selection following a stellar spring at long stick midfielder. The senior and Bedford, N.H. native corralled 26 groundballs and caused nine turnovers last season.
Hurley too was a Second Team All-MAAC selection last season. A red-shirt junior and captain of this year's squad, the Setauket, N.Y. native tied for second in the MAAC in scoring last season with 49 points and ranked tied for third in assists (19) and fifth in goals (30). Hurley, who tallied a point in all 17 games, tied for the MAAC lead scoring 17 goals in conference action.
A red-shirt senior defenseman from Rockville Centre, N.Y., Meehan appeared in just three games (two starts) last season due to injury. A 2011 MAAC All-Tournament Team selection and 2012 First Team All-MAAC selection, Meehan enters his final season wearing the Green and Gold ranked third all-time in program history with 37 caused turnovers.
Siena has won the MAAC Regular Season Championship five of the past seven years and posted a 42-8 (.840) record in regular season action over that time. The Saints have tallied six 10+ win seasons in the past seven years and the program's 76 wins since the start of the 2007 season are tied for the seventh most nationally.
Siena, which has made five consecutive MAAC Championship Game Appearances winning conference titles in 2009 and 2011, returns five starters and 35 letterwinners from last year's team which posted an 8-9 overall record. The Saints open their season Monday at 2013 NCAA Finalist Syracuse at 7 p.m. at the Carrier Dome. The Orange enters the year ranked No. 1 nationally in the first USILA Coaches' Poll and second in the Warrior Media Poll.