May 8, 2009
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena men's lacrosse will appear in its first NCAA Tournament game this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Their opponent, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, No. 2 seed in the tournament and defending national champion Syracuse Orange. The first round game will be played at Syracuse's Carrier Dome and televised nationally on ESPNU. Fans can also listen for free at SienaAllAccess.com. Siena and Syracuse have never met in lacrosse.
Siena (12-5) won the MAAC Championship, its first in program history, last Sunday in Buffalo, N.Y. The Saints defeated Manhattan 9-5 to earn the league's automatic bid behind another solid defensive performance. Goalkeeper Brent Herbst made 14 saves and earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. He leads the country in GAA (6.01) and the team ranks second in team defense (6.24 goals against per game).
Syracuse (12-2), a perennial power, makes its 29th postseason appearance and is gunning for its 11th NCAA Championship. The Orange have a 21-1 (.955) record in NCAA playoff games at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse tops the nation in scoring (13.14 goals per game) with Kenny Nims leading the way (4.21 points per game).
The two teams shared four common opponents this season in Providence, Johns Hopkins, Loyola (Md.) and UAlbany. Syracuse defeated all four of those teams while Siena went 2-3, beating Providence twice and losing to the other three teams. Siena lost to Loyola (Md.) and UAlbany by a combined three goals.
Siena is riding a 10-game win streak.