The Siena Saints are the 63rd team in our 2017 schedule preview. The Saints finished 3-10 overall, and 2-4 in MAAC play. Siena failed to make the MAAC Tournament. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The Saints are on the road for the first month of the season. They’ll open up the year as they have for the past few seasons, as they travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange on February 11. They’ll take on Hobart in Victor on the 18th, followed by going south to Charlottesville to take on Virginia on the 21st. The month concludes against UMass Lowell on February 25. That was the team’s only nonconference win last season.
Siena’s first home game is on March 4 against St. John’s, whom they lost to by a goal in last year’s meeting. The Saints host Binghamton three days later, before going back on the road for three more games, starting on the 14th against Bryant. Last year’s meeting in Loudonville was postponed. Siena’s final nonconference game is on March 18 against Colgate. Their MAAC opener is on the road against Monmouth on March 25. The Hawks defeated the Saints, 14-13, last year in overtime. That helped Monmouth get into the MAAC Tournament and knock out Siena from postseason contention.
The Saints return home on April 1 as they host Detroit Mercy. The Saints edged out the Titans by a goal in last year’s meeting. Manhattan comes to town on the 8th. The Saints go to Buffalo to take on Canisius on the 15th. The team’s final home game of the season is against defending MAAC champion Quinnipiac on the 21st. The final regular season game of 2017 is against Marist on April 29.
Siena and head coach John Svec brings back leading scorer in junior attackman Chris Robertson, as well as fellow attackmen Jordan Barlow and Keenan Cook. Mike Reilly will also add some depth at the attack spot. In the midfield, the team returns Brian Prunty and Tim Cousin. Matt Bellucci and Neil Gollogly are notables that have departed, but the Saints also return Jon-Michael Tokar, who may get some time on the top midfield unit, as well as Eric Munn, Dan McAvoy, and Devin Votta. Siena brings back starting defensemen Joe Arcarese, Ryan Ghaderi, and Luke Van Schepen, as well as Jack Twohig and Nick Matzelevich, who’ve also started in some games last season. Longtime goaltending stalwart Tommy Cordts is the only real loss Siena has, and it looks like it’ll probably be junior Aaron Lewis as his replacement. Tyler Pantalone will return as the primary face-off guy, with Hunter Sanna as the backup man.
To see every team’s schedule and which one’s we’ve highlighted, check our our master schedule list.