Dec. 12, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Third-year Siena Lacrosse Head Coach John Svec has released his program's 2014 schedule. The Saints will face a challenging slate, with 10 of their 14 regular season contests coming away from home and three games scheduled against Inside Lacrosse Faceoff Yearbook Preseason Top-20 squads.
"Our goal each year is to prepare for our conference opponents by scheduling the best competition available," explained Svec. "Our non-conference schedule is full of talented programs that will challenge us each week."
The Saints open their 2014 campaign with their first five games coming outside the Capital Region. The season faces off Feb. 10 with a date against 2013 NCAA Finalist Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. The Orange are ranked No. 2 in the Inside Lacrosse Faceoff Yearbook Preseason Top-20.
Siena returns to Central New York a week later to face Hobart on Feb. 15. The Saints will also travel to Binghamton (Feb. 22), St. John's (Mar. 1) and Hartford (Mar. 8) during their season-opening road trip. St. John's checks in at No. 16 in the IL Preseason Top-20.
Siena plays all four of its games at Siena Turf Field during a four-game homestand covering a 17-day stretch. The Saints host Robert Morris in the home opener Wednesday, Mar. 12 at 3 p.m.
MAAC play opens Mar. 15 when the Saints welcome Marist to Siena Turf Field. The Saints also play host to new conference member and first-year men's lacrosse program Monmouth (Mar. 22) and Canisius (Mar. 29) in conference home action.
MAAC road games include a rematch of last year's conference title game between the Saints and Detroit Apr. 12 in the Motor City. Siena also faces new MAAC member Quinnipiac (Apr. 19) and concludes regular season action at Manhattan (Apr. 26) in conference road action.
The month of April includes a pair of road contests against perennial regional powers. The Saints travel to Hofstra Apr. 5 and square off in the annual Capital Region battle at crosstown rival UAlbany Apr. 22 at 7 p.m. The defending America East Champions, the Great Danes ended last season ranked 12th nationally in the USILA Coaches' Poll. The Saints upset then 10th ranked UAlbany 10-9 last season in Loudonville.
The top-four finishers in the new look seven-team MAAC Men's Lacrosse League will earn berths to the conference championships to be hosted by Marist College May 1-3 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
The Saints return nine of their top-10 scorers from last year's team which posted an 8-9 overall record and advanced to the MAAC Championship Game for a fifth consecutive year. Over the past seven years the Saints have won 76 games - ninth most in Division I.