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Siena Women’s Lacrosse Releases 2016 Slate

0 Comments 22 December 2015

Siena Women's Lacrosse

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — Siena Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Bryana Borrelli has released her program’s 2016 schedule.

The Saints’ 17-game regular season docket is highlighted by a program record tying nine dates at Siena Turf Field this spring.

“It’s an exciting time for our program and we’re really looking forward to getting the season underway,” said Borrelli, who enters her second season.

The Saints’ 20th varsity season kicks off with a pair of games in Georgia, beginning with a doubleheader with the Siena men’s team. The Saints open with a 3 p.m. draw at Mercer on Tuesday, Feb. 23, with the men’s teams to follow at 7 p.m. Siena continues its swing through the Peach State on Feb. 25 at Kennesaw State, before returning north to conclude a season opening three-game road trip at UMass Lowell Mar. 2.

The home opener is set for Saturday, Mar. 5 when the Saints welcome Colgate to Loudonville. The matchup kicks off a season long four-game homestand which also features non-conference contests against Binghamton (Mar. 9), St. Bonaventure (Mar. 12) and LIU Brooklyn (Mar. 16) at Siena Turf Field.

Siena concludes its nine-game non-conference schedule to open the season with matchups at Vermont (Mar. 19) and at home vs. two-time defending Northeast Conference Champion Bryant (Mar. 22).

Conference play commences when the Saints welcome Monmouth to Siena Turf Field for their MAAC home opener on Mar. 26. Siena is also set to host Quinnipiac (Apr. 6) and Canisius (Apr. 13) before concluding regular season action against rival Marist (Apr. 27) in a rematch of last year’s MAAC Quarterfinal.

The Saints’ eight-game MAAC schedule features road contests at Manhattan (Apr. 2), defending tournament champion Fairfield (Apr. 9), Iona (Apr. 16) and Niagara (Apr. 20).

The top-six finishers in the nine-team league will qualify for the MAAC Championships. Quarterfinals matchups will be hosted by the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds on Apr. 30, with the regular season champion hosting both the semifinals and championship on May 6 and May 8 respectively. Siena has qualified for the MAAC Championships in five of the past six years, with the first four of those occurrences coming in seasons where only the top-four finishers earned berths.

The Saints are looking to build upon a breakout 2015 season in which the team doubled its win total from the previous season, while also tallying the second most victories in program history. Siena returns seven starters from that squad which posted a 10-8 overall record and finished fourth in the MAAC with a 5-3 league mark.

Buoyed by last season’s success, the Saints are poised to make even more noise in 2016.

“We still have a lot of unfinished business and a lot to prove this year,” noted Borrelli. “We’re hungry to continue to work towards putting ourselves on the map and making a statement this season.”

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