Nov. 8, 2012
Siena Men's Soccer begins its quest for the program's first MAAC Championship when the second seeded Saints take on No. 3 seed Niagara in the conference semifinals at 7 p.m. at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Fans can watch the online webcast of the game exclusively at MAAC.TV.
Geoff Brault has the call of the match online at MAAC.TV which fans can access from the links above. Additionally, fans can follow the live stats, read up on the matchup with the game notes and view a special feature on MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Sindre Ek by clicking the links at the top of the release. Follow @SienaSaints for twitter updates as well throughout the day.
Siena (10-6, 6-1) makes its fifth appearance in the MAAC Championships in the past six years. The Saints are riding a three-game winning streak and have won eight of 10 overall.
Led by Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year Gareth Elliott and Offensive Player of the Year Ek, the Saints posted their best-ever conference winning percentage this season (.857) and are just one win shy of tying the program record for overall wins.
Niagara (11-1-4, 5-1-1) too enters the MAAC Championships following an historic regular season. The Purple Eagles are receiving 17 votes in this week's NSCAA Coaches' Poll - the 26th highest total in the nation - and have an RPI of 54.
Additionally, for a seventh straight week Niagara is ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA North Atlantic Poll and received two major MAAC awards Wednesday night as well as Rene DeZorzi was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year and Brett Petricek was the Goalkeeper of the Year.
Siena and Niagara are meeting for the first time in postseason play and the Saints hold a 14-6-4 all-time advantage in the overall series. In their regular season meeting Oct. 19 in Loudonville, Siena posted a 1-0 win at a rain soaked Siena Turf Field, handing Niagara their first - and to date only - loss of the season. Daniel Alderstad scored the game-winning goal in the 43rd minute for the Saints, while Adam Myers made five saves to post his first collegiate shutout.
The winner of tonight's conference semifinal battle will face the winner of No. 1 Loyola/No. 4 Iona which kicks off at 9 p.m. The MAAC Championship match is set for Saturday night at 8 p.m. and will be televised worldwide on ESPN3.