Dec. 13, 2011
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Andrea Duffy today released arguably the most challenging schedule in her program's 15-year history. The Saints will face a total of four teams that made the 2011 NCAA Tournament this spring including three teams which finished last year nationally ranked.
"We have a great non-conference schedule this spring which will really help us prepare for our conference play and hopefully a third straight appearance in the MAAC Tournament," noted Duffy. "I'm looking forward to getting our season started."
The Saints will play a total of 16 regular season games this spring, six of which will be contested at Siena Turf Field.
Florida and UAlbany, which advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2011 NCAA Tournament last season, highlight the schedule along with fellow tournament participants UMass and Canisius.
Siena opens the season with a pair of games in the Sunshine State beginning with the season opener Friday, Feb. 24 at Florida. The Gators finished 16-4 a year ago and were ranked No. 4 in the nation in the final IWLCA Coaches' Poll. The Saints conclude their tour of Florida Feb. 26 against Jacksonville which won 14 games a year ago en route to the National Lacrosse Conference title.
Siena, which is on the road for its first four games of 2012, returns north for games Feb. 29 at Vermont and Mar. 3 vs. Wagner. The Saints and Seahawks will battle in the Second Annual Oyster Bay Classic in Oyster Bay, N.Y., won last year by Siena 16-8.
The Saints host crosstown rival UAlbany in their home opener at Siena Turf Field on Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 3 p.m. The Great Danes went 18-1 last season on their way to a No. 8 national ranking.
Siena will have two additional non-conference home games on Mar. 17 vs. Bryant and Apr. 17 vs. Binghamton. Additional non-conference road games include Davidson (Mar. 10), Presbyterian (Mar. 12) and UMass (Mar. 24). Massachusetts went 17-3 in 2011 and finished the season ranked No. 19 nationally.
The six-game MAAC slate opens Mar. 31 when the Saints travel to Marist. Siena will also face conference foes Niagara (Apr. 11) and Fairfield (Apr. 21) on the road.
The Saints open conference home action against defending MAAC Champion Canisius on Apr. 4 and will also host Manhattan (Apr. 7) and Iona (Apr. 14) for Senior Day.
Should the Saints advance to the four-team MAAC Championships for a third straight season, the conference title will be contested at Canisius' Demske Sports Complex Apr. 27-29.
Siena returns eight of 12 starters and 17 letterwinners from their 2011 squad which finished 8-8 overall and third in the MAAC with a 3-3 conference mark.