LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Field Hockey Head Coach Kara Zappone released the program’s 2017 schedule. The 17-game schedule begins on Friday, August 25.
"We are very excited about our 2017 schedule,” said Zappone. “We have a few teams we have not played before, and a few that we haven't played in a few years. It is exciting to play some new, and very competitive, competition. All of our non-conference games will prepare us for the 2017 MAAC schedule, and the MAAC Tournament."
The Saints begin their 2017 campaign on the road in Burlington, Vermont at Vermont. The Saints faced the Catamounts last season and fell 5-2 with the Catamounts returning leading scorer Landon Warren.
Siena will then return back to the Capital District and host Miami (Ohio) at UAlbany on Sunday, August 27 at 11 a.m. The Redhawks went 5-1 in the MAC last season falling in the Championship game to Kent State.
After hosting Miami (Ohio), the Saints will travel to take on Hofstra (Aug. 30) and Colgate (Sept. 6). The Saints are taking on the Pride for the first time since 2011. Hofstra holds a 8-0 record against Siena. The Green and Gold took down the Raiders in the 2016 season 4-2.
The Saints will then host St. Francis at Siena Turf Field on Saturday,September 9 at 1 p.m. The Red Flash went 11-9 last season after falling in the A-10 Semifinals. The Red Flash hold a 10-7 record against the Saints, with the last game in 2016 going to St. Francis. Siena remains at home to host Lock Haven on Sunday, September 10 at 12 p.m. The Bald Eagles went 10-8 last season, including a 3-0 victory over the Saints.
Siena will travel to Providence, Rhode Island to take on Brown (Sept. 15) before returning back to the Capital District to host Lehigh (Sept. 17). Siena has not faced Brown since the 2014 season, while the Bears hold a 4-0 record over Siena all-time. Lehigh took down the Saints 4-3 in overtime last season. Siena will then again hit the road to Lowell, Massachusetts to take on UMass Lowell (Sept. 24) before hosting La Salle (Oct. 1) before MAAC play begins.
The Saints open up MAAC play in New Haven, Connecticut as they take on Sacred Heart on Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m. Siena defeated the Pioneers last season on penalty shots. The Saints will then play their final non-conference matchup against Quinnipiac on the road on Sunday, October 8.
Rider will make their way to Loudonville for a conference matchup on October 13. The Broncs finished in one of the top four spots to find their way into the MAAC Tournament. Rider defeated Siena during the regular season 4-0.
Siena will travel to take on LIU Brooklyn in just their second season of existence. The Saints took down the Blackbirds 6-2 last season at Siena Turf Field. Siena will then host reigning MAAC Champions Monmouth on Friday, October 20. The Hawks earned their way into the NCAA Tournament after going a perfect 6-0 in MAAC play and taking down #2 seeded Fairfield in the MAAC Championship.
Siena hits the road for the final road matchup at Fairfield who finished 8-13 on the season and earned the #2 seed in the MAAC Tournament. The Stags took down the Saints 4-1 in conference play last season. The Saints then host Bryant on Sunday, October 29 in their final game of the regular season. Bryant earned the last spot in the MAAC Tournament last season after going 4-2 in league play.
The top-four finishers in the MAAC will qualify for the conference championships. The MAAC Tournament begins on Friday, November 3 with the semifinals and then the championship on Sunday, November 5. The tournament location and times are to be determined as it is hosted by the highest seeded full MAAC member. The winner of the tournament will get an automatic bid to the NCAA.
The Saints hope to use momentum from last season as they are set to return their top scorer from a team who scored their most goals since 2009. The program also finished in fifth and was just two wins away from earning a spot in the conference tournament.