The MAAC coaches aren't expecting much from Siena's field hockey team this season. The Saints were picked to finish last in the Preseason Coaches' Poll , which was released by the MAAC office this morning. Third year head coach Kara Zappone feels the Saints are set to surprise.
"This season isn't going to be like any other," Zappone said. "We have amazing leadership that will elevate us to places we have never gone. We're prepared for this season, and look forward to what it has in store for us."
The Saints return their top six scorers from last year's team which finished sixth in a seven-team league, and snapped a 54-game winless streak with a 2-0 shutout at Sacred Heart (picked fifth in this year's poll).
Senior defender Megan Bohse ranked seventh nationally with six defensive saves in 2013 and found the back of the cage three times, including the game-winning tally in the victory over the Pioneers. Classmate Gabrielle Sullivan topped the squad with four goals, and junior Megan Meyers dished out a team-best five assists.
The Saints will have to replace four-year starting goalie Beth Meyers `14. Meyers was the NCAA's active saves leader (598) following her last game played.
Last year's champion Quinnipiac was picked to repeat its title, followed closely by Monmouth and Rider. The Saints didn't have any student athletes named to the 11-member Preseason All-MAAC team.
Siena opens its 16-game slate at Drexel August 31. The Saints home-opener is against Villanova on September 7.