July 12, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Field Hockey will play eight of its 16 games at home this fall according to the program's 2013 schedule revealed Friday. The Saints also begin their first season in the newly formed MAAC Field Hockey League which features six conference dates.
"It is a very exciting time to be a part of the Siena Field Hockey program," said Kara Zappone who begins her second season as the Saints' head coach. "We are very excited about our schedule and being a part of the MAAC this season. There are many challenging opponents that will help us prepare for our conference games, as well as more home competitions allowing us to play in front of our very supportive fans!"
The Saints open the season with back-to-back road games at Holy Cross (Sept. 1) and Villanova (Sept. 7). The home slate kicks off on Saturday Sept. 14 when the Saints host Rutgers at 3 p.m. at Alumni Turf Field at UAlbany. The next afternoon the Saints return to Loudonville to face Lock Haven at noon.
Siena also hosts future MAAC Field Hockey member Fairfield (Sept. 22) and Colgate (Oct. 2) in non-conference action at Siena Turf Field.
Additional road non-conference contests are set against crosstown rival and defending America East Champion UAlbany (Sept. 18), a pair of games in Richmond, Va. against host VCU (Sept. 27) and Davidson (Sept. 28) and at Saint Joseph's (Oct. 6).
Siena, which spent the previous 15 seasons as an associate member of the Northeast Conference Field Hockey League, opens the inaugural MAAC season Oct. 11 at Siena Turf Field against Bryant. The Saints will play four of their six conference games at home this fall and also host Monmouth (Oct. 18), defending NEC Champion Rider (Oct. 20) and Quinnipiac (Nov. 3).
The Saints lone MAAC road contests come against Robert Morris (Oct. 27) and Sacred Heart (Nov. 1).
The first-ever MAAC Field Hockey Championship pits the top-four teams in the seven-team league Nov. 8-9 at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.