LOUDONVILLE, NY - Winners of five straight, red-hot Siena Women's Soccer hosts defending MAAC Champion Monmouth in a Senior Day showdown at Siena Field at 1 p.m. The Saints will honor their seven-member Senior Class in a special pre-match ceremony at approximately 12:40 p.m.
Today's matchup features the past two MAAC Champions and the two squads which currently sit atop the conference standings with exactly one week remaining in the regular season. Despite suffering its first conference loss Wednesday vs. Marist, Monmouth (9-3-2, 6-1) remains in first place in the MAAC with 18 points and is three points clear of both Siena (9-6, 5-3) and Manhattan who are currently tied for second. The Hawks and Jaspers both have a match in hand however on the Saints who will have the bye on the final weekend of the regular season next Saturday. All 11 teams will qualify for the MAAC Championships to be held later this month in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, although only the top-five seeds will receive coveted First Round byes.
The Saints' decorated Senior Class has amassed 37 wins to date and will become the second straight class - and also only the second in program history - to qualify for the MAAC Championships in all four years. The classes crowning achievement was playing an integral part in the program's second and most recent MAAC Championship as sophomores in 2015.
Siena enters today's pivotal MAAC matchup playing its best soccer of the season. This marks the third consecutive season in which the Saints have posted at least a five-match winning streak and, with a win today, would tie for the program's most consecutive wins since reeling off a program record 12 straight during the first MAAC Championship season of 2010.
The Saints have erupted for 13 goals during their five-match win streak with junior striker Gabby Albano and senior midfielder Michele Tremblay leading the offensive charge. Albano ranks fourth nationally with her five-game winning goals this season and is second in the MAAC in both points (18) and goals (eight). Meanwhile Tremblay stands third nationally with nine assists which is tied for the most in program single-season history with Val Kujan '97 who set the benchmark in 1993.
Siena and Monmouth meet for the fifth time, with all five meetings coming since the Hawks joined the MAAC in 2013. Monmouth has won four of the first five matchups, although the Saints hold the biggest series win. Sixth seeded Siena upset the top seed and tournament host Hawks in the MAAC Semifinals two years ago on the Jersey Shore en route to continuing their Cinderella run to the program's second MAAC Championship.
Monmouth is in search of its fifth consecutive MAAC Regular Season Championship since joining the conference. The Hawks have also captured the MAAC Tournament Championship twice (2013, 2016). Monmouth is an astounding 41-3-3 all-time in MAAC Regular Season matches. The Hawks had been a perfect 23-0 at home in MAAC Regular Season action prior to Wednesday's loss vs. the Red Foxes, which also snapped a 20-match conference unbeaten streak (19-0-1). Overall, the loss also halted a 10-match unbeaten streak (9-0-1) for Monmouth which suffered its first loss since Aug. 25.