Siena Lacrosse opens its 55th varsity season on Saturday, February 17 when the Saints face Hobart in Geneva, New York at 1 p.m. Siena and Hobart have faced off each year since 2012.
Hobart holds the series record 4-2 having edged the Saints last season 16-15. In five of six meetings, the two teams met as the second game of the season. The only time the two programs met outside of the second game was when it was Siena’s season opener on February 19, 2012 where the Saints came out with a 13-11 victory. In the six meetings, the average score difference is three.
Siena is 16-38 all-time in season openers and dropped five straight, albeit against #7/5 Syracuse (2017), #7 Syracuse (2016), #4 Syracuse (2015), #1 Syracuse (2014) and #4 Johns Hopkins (2013).
The Saints were projected to finish fifth (seven teams) according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Siena posted a 3-3 league record last year and missed out on the MAAC Tournament by one game.
The Saints return four of their five top scorers from last season, including Reginging MAAC Player of the Year and MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Chris Robertson. Robertson enters the game on a 14-game goal scoring streak, which is the seventh best of all active players. Siena welcomed 11 newcomers to the 2018 squad.
Hobart enters the game having lost their season opener to #12 Penn State 15-8. The Statesmen feature junior attackman Chris Aslanian who enters as the reigning NEC Player of the Week. He recorded six points on four goals and two assists. It's the most points by a Statesman in a season opener since Cam Stone '14 produced four goals and two assists in an 18-15 Hobart win at Siena on Feb. 16, 2013.