July 3, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - New men's soccer head coach Cesar Markovic has unveiled his first schedule at Siena. The Saints will play a total of 18 regular season games this fall which includes nine home dates at Siena Turf Field.
"Our schedule is an interesting one in that our opponents will bring a blend of different styles and attributes," commented Markovic. "Our non-conference schedule will serve us well going forward as MAAC play - especially with two new additions - will be intensified."
The Markovic era kicks off when the Saints open the 2013 campaign on Sept. 1 at Sacred Heart. It will be one of at least two - and hopefully three - trips to Fairfield, Conn. this fall. Siena also plays at conference foe Fairfield Oct. 23 and the Stags will serve as the host for this year's MAAC Championships Nov. 15 and 17.
The Saints will also face Hartford in non-conference road action (Sept. 6) before returning to the Capital Region for the home opener Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. vs. Buffalo. That match kicks off a season long three-game homestand in which the Saints host Bucknell (Sept. 15) and Saint Joseph's (Sept. 18). Siena's closes non-conference action Oct. 5 at Siena Turf Field against 2012 NCAA College Cup Sweet 16 participant Fairleigh Dickinson.
Additionally, the Saints will play crosstown rival UAlbany (Sept. 25) and UMass (Sept. 28) in non-conference road action.
The new 11-team MAAC features 10 conference games and the Saints open with defending champion Niagara Oct. 9 in Loudonville. The Saints will also play host to Iona (Oct. 19), Manhattan (Oct. 26), Rider (Nov. 2) and new MAAC member Quinnipiac (Nov. 6).
On the road, the Saints face new conference opponent Monmouth (Oct. 12), Canisius (Oct. 16), Fairfield, Marist (Oct. 30) and Saint Peter's (Nov. 9).
Siena posted a 10-7 overall record last fall and finished second in the MAAC with a 6-1 conference mark.
"I feel very positive about the group we have assembled and look forward to a great season," added Markovic. "I want to extend an invitation to Siena fans and soccer fans alike to come watch our games. We will always try to play positive attacking soccer and we should be fun to watch."