April 1, 2009
The Siena men's and women's basketball teams will hold year-end banquets to honor their senior classes and present season awards. The women's banquet will take place Sunday, April 26 at 1 p.m. at The Century House in Latham and features dinner followed by the traditional awards ceremony. The men's banquet, presented by First Niagara, is scheduled for Monday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Wolf Road Marriott and includes a cocktail reception followed by dinner and awards ceremony.
The women's banquet is priced at $35 and $16 for children 12 and under and the men's banquet is $75 and $28 for children 12 and under. VIP tickets to the men's banquet which include a private one hour reception with open bar and a meet and greet with the team and coaching staff are priced at $150.
The women are set to recognize seniors Heather Stec and Jessica Edmonds. The women finished in sixth place in the MAAC and lost in the Quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament. Stec secured Second Team All-MAAC honors and Stec, Edmonds and juniors Sarah Fullmer, Merrick Volpe and Sara Parnell were MAAC All-Academic selections. Head Coach Gina Castelli and staff will be on hand to distribute the annual awards and recap the season.
The Siena men recently completed their most successful seasons in program history. The Saints advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament after capturing both the MAAC regular-season and postseason Championship. Siena knocked off Big Ten power Ohio State in double overtime in one of the NCAA Tournament's most exciting games this year. It marked the program's fourth NCAA Tournament win in five appearances and their second in as many years.
Senior Kenny Hasbrouck was named MAAC Player of the Year and MAAC Tournament MVP. Junior Edwin Ubiles joined Hasbrouck on the MAAC First team and the NABC District I First Team. Juniors Alex Franklin and Ronald Moore were MAAC Second Team selections and sophomore Clarence Jackson was named MAAC Sixth Man of the Year. Freshman Kyle Downey was a MAAC All-Rookie selection.
Head coach Fran McCaffery, the only coach to guide Siena to two Division I NCAA Tournaments, will be on hand to present awards and recap the season.
Sponsorship opportunities, including sponsor tables, are available for both banquets. For more information, contact the Siena athletics office at 518-783-2450 or print out, complete and send in the reservation form attached to this release.