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Siena Softball Picked Fourth in MAAC Poll
Jessika-Jo Sandrini leads the Saints into the 2014 season.

 
Jessika-Jo Sandrini leads the Saints into the 2014 season.
 

Feb. 12, 2014

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – The Siena softball team was picked to finish fourth in the 2014 MAAC Preseason Poll, as announced by the league Wednesday afternoon. Senior Jessika-Jo Sandrini and junior Paige Lloyd were named to the 2014 All-MAAC Preseason Team.

Siena looks to fill the void left from graduating Shannon Jones, one of the most prolific offensive players in program history, with their 7 returning starters, including Paige Lloyd and Jessika-Jo Sandrini, received 80 points in the poll.

Marist, the defending MAAC Champions were picked to finish first with 110 points, followed by the Fairfield Stags (105) and new MAAC member Monmouth (104) finished third. Canisius (67), Iona (64), and new member Quinnipiac are in the middle of the pack, finishing fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Niagara finished in eighth place with 57 points, followed by Manhattan (46), Rider (22) and Saint Peter’s (13) to compete the MAAC poll.

The Saints earned two of the 15 Preseason All-MAAC selections headlined by senior Pitcher Jessika-Jo Sandrini. The Adna, Wash. native pitched in 30 games, while starting 17. In 2013, Sandrini led the MAAC with 15 wins and earned 14 complete games. As a hitter, Sandrini finished seventh in the MAAC with a .361 batting average on 44 hits in 122 at-bats and finished third in the MAAC with 12 doubles.

Junior infielder Paige Lloyd joins Sandrini on the 2014 MAAC All-Preseason team. Lloyd, a Wilmington, Del. native finished third in the MAAC and led the team with a .377 batting average. Lloyd finished with 46 hits and a team leading 8 home runs, producing 34 RBI’s. Lloyd will solidify the defense at first base after recording 317 put outs with 12 assists for a .971 fielding percentage last year.


 

 

The Saints finished 21-26, 12-4 last season, earning the program’s first MAAC Regular Season Championship. The 2014 season starts on February 22-23, 2014 in Johnson City, Tenn. for the Buccaneer Challenge Presented by Holiday Inn. 

 MAAC Preseason Softball Poll
Order of finish

Points

Marist

110

Fairfield

105

Monmouth

104

Siena

80

Canisius

67

Iona

64

Quinnipiac

58

Niagara

57

Manhattan

46

Rider

22

Saint Peter’s

13

MAAC Preseason Team

 

C – Lauren Liseth

Fairfield

INF – Vanessa Cardoza

Monmouth

INF – Robin Kennery

Canisius

INF – Kristen Filicia

Fairfield

INF – Paige Lloyd

Siena

OF – Nicole Cheek

Marist

OF – Eileen McCann

Iona

OF – Sammy Ruffolo

Fairfield

OF – Courtney Solt

Quinnipiac

OF – Kehli Washington

Rider

DP – Nicole Cheek

Marist

UT – Alyssa Zahka

Marist

UT – Elena Bowman

Manhattan

P – Jennifer Sansano

Niagara

P – Jessika -Jo Sandrini

Siena

 

 

MAAC Preseason Poll  -- Preseason Co Players of the Year

 

Lauren Liseth

Fairfield

Nicole Cheek

Marist

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