Dec. 19, 2012
There are many first on the Siena softball’s 2013 schedule. The Saints will play six opponents for the first time in program history and travel to six different states in a diverse campaign.
“We are very excited about this year’s schedule with a number of new teams that we will be playing,” head coach Bill Lajeunesse said. “We've expanded our schedule to include competition from a number of different conferences from the southeast to the Midwest. These different teams will help provide us with the type of competition that prepares us for MAAC games.”
In total, the Saints will play teams from 12 different conferences including squads from the Big East, Ivy, Mountain West, and the Big 12.
Siena will open up the campaign against East Tennessee State on Feb. 23, one of six different opponents Siena will see for the first time ever.
They will then play in the first of their two tournaments on the season when they travel to Hampton, Va., to take place in the Lady Pirates Classic.
Over the next month, Siena will play in 20 games, and log over 4500 miles as they travel to Maryland (as part of the UMBC Spring Classic), New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut, and back to New York.
“The teams we will be playing are accomplished in their conferences and will challenge our teams ability, but most importantly provide us with the competition needed to help take this program to the next level,” coach Lajeunesse said. “The way the schedule is set up provides us with strong early season match-ups that will help identify where we stand amongst our competition and what areas we will need to develop more before entering MAAC play.”
After the two month road trip, the Saints will finally return home to take on defending MAAC Champions, Iona on Apr. 6 to open up their conference schedule. Siena will host 18 games in Loudonville, the most since 2004.
The next three home series will be in the nonconference variety, with Seton Hall, Holy Cross, and Hartford travelling to Siena. On Apr. 20, Siena will welcome Rider and Fairfield to get back in the conference swing.
After a road trip to Saint Peter’s and Manhattan, the Saints will enjoy their last home stand in the rivalry game against UAlbany and Canisius.
Siena will close the regular season against visiting Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., which will also be the site of the 2013 MAAC Softball Championships.
The Saints are coming off a year where they finished fifth, one game shy of qualifying for the MAAC tournament. Siena will try to finish in the top-four and compete for the title for the first time since 2002.