May 6, 2012
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Siena Lacrosse goes for its third MAAC Championship in four years when the Saints take on No. 3 seed Canisius in the conference title game at 12 noon here at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. Fans can watch the video broadcast of the game online at MAAC.TV.
In addition to watching the game online, fans can also keep up to date by following the live stats by clicking the link above and receive updates on Twitter @SienaSaints. Make sure to read up on today's matchup as well by clicking on the game notes link at the top of the release.
Siena's (11-4) seniors have a chance to write a new chapter in program history with a win today. Already the winningest class in program history following Friday night's semifinal win over Marist, the seniors can put a bow on their brilliant careers with a third MAAC Championship.
Siena dominated Canisius (5-7) in the regular season meeting to the tune of a 14-2 final Apr. 14 in Loudonville. The Saints scored the final eight goals of the game, held Canisius scoreless for the game's final 36 minutes and the Griffs went the entire contest without and even strength goal.
But come playoff time, it's a whole different season. Siena also defeated Marist by 12 goals in the regular season, before holding on for a gritty 11-9 win Friday night. Sunday's game proves to be just as tough a task.
If Siena is Goliath, Canisius is very much the David. While Siena's seniors are playing in their fourth straight championship game, Canisius is making its first MAAC Tournament Appearance since winning it all in 2008 in Loudonville.
The Griffs seniors have led the program to the precipice of the program's second MAAC Title. Canisius' seniors have scored 77.7% of the team's goals this year and accounted for 70.1% of the team's points.
This resilient group won three in a row down the stretch and ultimately won a tiebreaker to qualify for the tournament. Canisius ended the regular season with a win here in Poughkeepsie - their first victory here in 20 years - to punch their ticket to the tournament. Now, with a third win in Poughkeepsie in six days, they would clinch an NCAA berth.
The winner of today's championship earns the MAAC's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament Field of 16 which begins play next weekend.