LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - Siena Women's Soccer begins its quest for the program's third MAAC Championship when the fourth seeded Saints take on rival and No. 5 seed Marist in the conference quarterfinals at 2 p.m. at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Follow all the action by clicking on the MAAC Tournament Central link at the top of the page. There will be no video stream of today's match, but live stats will be provided. Additionally, on-site social media updates will be provided throughout the day from the field by following @SienaWSoccer on twitter. Join the conversation by using the hashtags #SienaSaints and #MAACSoccer.
The winner of today's match will advance to the MAAC Semifinals Tuesday at 11 a.m. on ESPN3, and will face the winner of #1 Monmouth vs. #8 Niagara which kicks off on an adjacent field today at 2:15 p.m.
Siena in the MAAC Championships
Record: 9-13-2 (18th Appearance)
Championships: 2 (2010, 2015)
Vs. Marist: 2-2
Siena is making the program's 18th MAAC Tournament appearance and program record fifth straight, as this season's senior class joins last year's seniors as the only two classes in school history to qualify for the MAAC Tournament in all four years. The Saints have captured the program's first two MAAC Tournament Championships over the previous seven seasons, winning their first title as the No. 3 seed in 2010, before going on a Cinderella-like run two Novembers ago in which Siena became the first-ever No. 6 seed to capture the crown.
The Saints are and impressive 7-3 in MAAC Tournament matches since 2010 after having posted a collective 2-10-2 mark over the program's first 18 seasons in the league. Siena's seven MAAC Tournament wins since 2010 are the most of any league school, as Rider and Marist are tied for the second most victories over that time with five. Siena is 2-4 all-time in MAAC Quarterfinals matches, and will be looking to advance to the MAAC Semifinals for the 13th time and third consecutive season. The Saints are 2-6-1 all-time as the No. 4 seed, although this marks the first time in which Siena has been seeded fourth since advancing to the MAAC Championship Match in 2006.
The Saints are making the program's fifth MAAC Tournament appearance at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, where Siena has posted a 2-4 all-time record. After dropping each of the program's first three MAAC Tournament appearances as the higher seeded team in the Sunshine State, the Saints earned the program's first two victories in Florida in it's last appearance here in 2013 to advance to the MAAC Semifinals as the No. 6 seed.
The Series With Marist (28th Meeting: Siena leads, 14-11-2)
Siena enters today's match against their I-87 rivals riding a six-match unbeaten streak vs. Marist (5-0-1) including four consecutive victories. Each of the Saints' past two wins over the Red Foxes have been of the sudden victory variety, including a 2-1 overtime triumph in Poughkeepsie last season, and 2-1 double overtime victory in Loudonville Oct. 4.
The programs are meeting for the fifth time in postseason play with that battle all square at 2-2. Marist captured the first two MAAC Tournament meetings, ironically defeating Siena as the lower seeded team each team here in Florida in both 2005 and 2009. Each of the Saints' two MAAC Tournament victories over the Red Foxes kicked off the program's runs to the first two MAAC Championships in 2010 and 2015. The lower seeded team has won each of the first four postseason meetings between the programs.
Freshman Darby D'Angelo scored the golden goal in the 107th minute of the Saints' double overtime triumph over the Red Foxes earlier this month. Classmate Jayanna Monds also scored in the 48th minute for Siena, which rallied back after bequeathing an own goal in the 13th minute. Both teams registered 13 shots apiece in the evenly played match, with the Saints' Taylor Dorado making eight saves while the Red Foxes' Makala Foley stopped seven shots.
Scouting Siena (10-7, 6-4)
Siena enters the MAAC Tournament playing its best soccer of the year, having won six of its past seven matches to close out the regular season. The Saints rallied back from the program's first 0-3 league start since their inaugural MAAC season in 1992 by outscoring their opponents 15-5 during their run with the team's only defeat coming at the hands of regular season champion Monmouth.
Siena closed out the regular season with a 1-0 victory at Rider on Oct. 18 to lock up a First Round bye and, as a result of that coupled with having a bye on the final weekend of the regular season, will take to the field today for the first time in 11 days. The victory over the Broncs also secured the program's 10th double digit win season and third in the past five years.
The Saints have been led offensively by junior Gabby Albano, who leads the MAAC with five game-winning goals while also ranking tied for second in goals (eight) and fourth in scoring (18). Albano's five game-winners this season are tied for 11th most nationally and are just one off the program single-season record of six set by Ashleigh Barone in 2008.
Senior captain Michele Tremblay is the other Saint to have recorded a double digit scoring campaign with 13 points. Tremblay ranks tied for seventh nationally with her nine assists, which are tied for the most in program single-season history (Val Kujan - 1993). Tremblay's 19 career assists also rank as third most in program history.
Defensively, goalkeeper Taylor Dorado has enjoyed another stellar year in goal. The sophomore leads the MAAC with a .843 save percentage, and ranks third in saves (91) and sixth in goals against average (1.02). Dorado was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week four times during the regular season, marking the most single-season conference weekly awards by any player in program history.
Scouting Marist (8-7-3, 5-3-2)
Marist enters the postseason riding a four-match unbeaten streak, as the Red Foxes went 3-0-1 to close out the regular season. Marist won the program's only MAAC Tournament Championship in 2011.