Steve Karbowski enters his 16th season as head coach
July 23, 2014
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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Soccer will play a program record 19 regular season matches this fall. The Saints' 2014 slate includes nine home matches, kicking off with the season opener Fri., Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. vs. Holy Cross at Siena Field.
"We are looking forward to getting the team on campus in August," said head coach Steve Karbowski, who enters his 16th season at the helm. "During the first three weeks we have a good test in a preseason exhibition against Bryant and four non-league games prior to classes starting up. This period will be important to develop the team's identity and establish our style of play."
Siena's Aug. 22 opener against the Crusaders ties the Saints' 2010 MAAC Championship squad for the earliest start in program history. Four of the Saints' nine non-conference matches will be played at Siena Field, a venue where the Saints have enjoyed much success recently. Since 2007, Siena is an impressive 43-12-5 (.758) at home including a remarkable 24-2-1 (.907) mark in non-conference action. Additional non-conference home tests will come against Stony Brook (Aug. 28), Hartford (Sept. 7) and Long Island (Sept. 12).
The Saints' first road trip comes Aug. 24 at America East foe UMass-Lowell. Seven of Siena's nine non-conference matches this fall will be against America East opponents as the Saints will play all but two teams in the league. All five of the Saints' non-conference road games will be against America East schools as Siena will also play crosstown rival UAlbany (Aug. 31), Binghamton (Sept. 5), New Hampshire (Sept. 14) and Vermont (Sept. 17). Overall, the Saints have posted .500 or better non-conference records in five of the past six seasons.
For the second straight season, Siena will play a 10-match MAAC schedule under the new 11-team conference structure. The Saints will play both five home and five road conference matches with MAAC play opening on Sept. 24 at defending regular season and tournament champion Monmouth.
"Opening our conference schedule at defending MAAC Champion Monmouth is a great way to start conference play," added Karbowski. "The quality of players and coaching in the MAAC has improved in recent years and we will be prepared to play in many close games. There's added emphasis on MAAC play with six teams qualifying for the MAAC Tournament and home field on the line for the first time this season which makes every game even more valuable."
Siena's MAAC home opener is against Iona on Sat., Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at Siena Field. Additional conference home opponents are Niagara (Oct. 8), Manhattan (Oct. 11) and the final two regular season matches of 2014 against Rider (Oct. 25) and Quinnipiac (Oct. 29).
In addition to Monmouth, Siena will play Marist (Oct. 1), Saint Peter's (Oct. 4), Canisius (Oct. 15) and Fairfield (Oct. 22) in MAAC road games.
Under a new format, the top-six teams in the MAAC will qualify for the conference championships this fall. The top two seeds will earn byes to the semifinal round with the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds hosting quarterfinals contests against the sixth and fifth ranked finishers respectively on Nov. 1. The MAAC Regular Season Champions will then have the privilege of hosting the MAAC Semifinals (Nov. 7) and Championship (Nov. 9) matches.
Siena welcomes eight freshmen to the program this fall and returns six starters and 17 letterwinners from last year's team which posted an 11-9-1 overall record including a 5-4-1 conference mark and advanced to the MAAC Semifinals.