Dec. 11, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - New women's lacrosse head coach Melissa Pearsallhas released her first Siena schedule. The Saints will play a program-record tying 17 regular season games including nine home dates in 2014.
"We are very excited for our 2014 schedule," said Pearsall. "We are looking forward to playing in California along with some other very competitive non-conference games which will help us for an increasingly challenging MAAC schedule with the additions of Monmouth and Quinnipiac."
Siena opens its 18th varsity season on Tuesday, February 18th when the Saints host Bryant at 3 p.m. for the first of a program record-tying nine home games.
Five of Siena's nine non-conference games will be held at Siena Turf Field with Wagner (Mar. 1), Central Connecticut (Mar. 5), St. Bonaventure (Mar. 16) and Binghamton (Mar. 20) also coming to Loudonville.
The Saints encounter a grueling non-conference road schedule which opens on Feb. 26 at Vermont. The Saints make their second-ever trip to the Golden State in mid-March with games at UC Davis (Mar. 10) and California (Mar. 12). On Mar. 22 the Saints travel to defending America East Champion Stony Brook which ended last season ranked 10th nationally in the final deBeer Media Poll.
With the additions of Monmouth and Quinnipiac to the MAAC, the Saints will also play a record eight league games this spring. Conference play opens on Mar. 29 when Siena welcomes two-time defending Northeast Conference Champion and new MAAC member Monmouth to Siena Turf Field.
Siena also hosts defending MAAC Champion Canisius (Apr. 9), new MAAC member Quinnipiac (Apr. 19) and Marist (Apr. 23) in home conference action. On the road, the Saints face Manhattan (Apr. 2), Fairfield (Apr. 12), Niagara (Apr. 16) and Iona (Apr. 26).
The top-four finishers in the nine-team MAAC Women's Lacrosse League will earn berths to the conference tournament hosted by Canisius College May 2 and 4 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Siena returns eight of 12 starters from a team which posted a 4-12 overall record last season and finished 3-3 in the MAAC, qualifying for the four-team conference championships for a fourth consecutive season.