Nov. 1, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has cancelled all remaining regular season men's soccer matches scheduled for this weekend. Siena's games originally slated for Friday at Iona and Sunday at Fairfield will not be made up.
"Since all the teams that qualify for the men's soccer championship have been determined it was decided that the teams will be able to earn the NCAA automatic bid on the field and playing games in the storm impacted regions for seed lines was not practical," said Rich Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC. "In some cases, MAAC campuses are closed until next week because of power or water issues, lack of food services or housing issues. The league priority is to support the recovery efforts, not add to the challenges these communities are facing."
Entering the final weekend of conference action, the four teams that qualified for the 2012 MAAC Men's Soccer Championship had already been determined. As a result, the athletic administrators voted unanimously to cancel all remaining games on a conference call Thursday morning. The MAAC administrators agreed that team standings will be frozen for seeding purposes as based on the results of all games played through Sunday, Oct. 28.
Siena thus finishes the regular season with a 10-6 overall record and places second in the MAAC with a 6-1 conference record. The Saints will be the No. 2 seed in next week's conference championships which are scheduled to take place Nov. 8 and 10 at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field on the campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. More information on the matchups and match times is expected to be announced in the near future.
According to the final frozen standings, the Saints would play No. 3 seed Niagara in the MAAC Semifinals next Thursday. The Purple Eagles are 11-1-4 this season, but their lone defeat came at the hands of the Saints, 1-0 on Oct. 19 in Loudonville.
Due to the storm which ravaged a large portion of the east coast earlier this week, the Saints will go 12 days between their last match - Oct. 27 vs. Marist - until they next step on the pitch Nov. 8. Siena finished regular season action with a three-match winning streak and enters the conference championships winners of eight of their last 10 matches.