Aug. 7, 2012
A year after being picked first and finishing seventh in the MAAC, the Siena women's soccer team is out to prove prognosticators wrong again in 2012. The Saints were picked fifth in a poll of the 10 MAAC women's soccer coaches released Tuesday, an expectation head coach Steve Karbowski thinks fair, but ultimately meaningless.
"I think that's probably about right," Karbowski told the MAAC. "I think the predictions are a little bit of a carryover from the year before, so I think that's about right. Hopefully we can go higher than that (in) the postseason ratings which are obviously more important."
Senior Caitlin Cahalan (Cohoes, N.Y./Shaker) was named to the 11-member Preseason All-MAAC Team at midfield. Karbowski is predicting a big year for the diminutive local product, but not in the midfield.
"Caitlin will probably see a lot more playing time as a striker this year," Karbowski said. "I think that will be more to her liking. I think she will have an excellent year for us scoring goals and setting them up."
Cahalan is one of just three seniors on this year's roster. She racked up 18 goals and 51 points in her first three years with the program. Cahalan was named MAAC co-Rookie of the Year in 2009, and MAAC Second Team last season.
Defending champion Marist was on overwhelming favorite in the Poll, followed by Fairfield, Loyola, Niagara, Siena, Canisius, Iona, Rider, Manhattan and Saint Peter's.
The 2012 Siena schedule is demanding. The Saints play nine non-conference matches and nine MAAC games. Due to the unbalanced league schedule, five of the Saints' MAAC games will be played on the road. In fact, eight of the team's first 12 games are on the road starting with a game at Rhode Island Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.