John Svec returns to coach at the field he called home for seven years
April 24, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Lacrosse looks to wrestle back Capital Region bragging rights when the Saints battle crosstown rival UAlbany at 7 p.m. tonight at John Fallon Field. The game will be televised throughout New York on Time Warner Cable Sports.
Chris Watson and Kelly O'Donnell have the call of the game on Time Warner Cable Sports. You can see tonight's channel listings throughout New York of the live broadcast through the chart on the right.
UAlbany (3-9) has won 24 of the 33 all-time meetings in the series, including a 12-10 triumph last season at Siena Turf Field. But two years ago the Saints (9-3) prevailed in the most recent meeting at John Fallon Field for their first win over the Great Danes since 1988.
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Albany (Channel 3 or 1803)
New York City/Hudson Valley (Channel 197)
Buffalo (Channel 13)
Syracuse (Channel 1026)
Rochester (Channel 98)
In addition to the obvious local rivalry, several other storylines stand out in tonight's matchup, most prominently with the coaching staffs. First year Siena head coach John Svec served as an assistant under UAlbany's Scott Marr for seven years. Additionally, assistant coach Dan McKeon played goalie for the Great Danes under both Marr and Svec from 2006-09.
On the UAlbany sidelines, assistant coaches Liam Gleason and Eric Wolf, both of whom played for the Great Danes, are former Siena assistants.
Siena enters tonight's meeting winners of eight in a row and in search of adding another quality non-conference win to their resume. With a victory tonight, the Saints would win their 10th game of the year marking the sixth straight season in which the program achieved a double-digit win total. Prior to 2007, the Saints had won 10 or more games just twice in the program's first 43 seasons.
Siena has been paced by a tremendous offensive output during its winning streak, averaging 15.4 goals per game. The team now ranks third nationally in scoring and senior attackman Bryan Neufeld leads the nation averaging 5.33 points per game. With 228 career points to his name, Neufeld needs just two more points to breaks the MAAC's all-time scoring record.
In addition to watching the game on TV, fans can also keep up to track with live stats by clicking the above link. Read up more on today's matchup by clicking the game notes link and receive in-game twitter updates throughout the evening by following @SienaSaints.