Saints Selected to Win MAAC Lacrosse League
Siena Has Won Three of Four MAAC Regular Season Titles
Winners of three of the last four MAAC Regular Season Titles and the 2009 MAAC Tournament Championship, the Siena Men’s Lacrosse team is the favorite to win the league in 2011 according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll released Thursday. Seniors John Rogener and Duncan Seale and juniors Tom Morr and Bryan Neufeld were named to the Preseason All-MAAC Team.
Siena received 43 votes from the league’s seven head coaches, five votes more than second place Marist. Canisius (34), new league member Jacksonville (30), Manhattan (22), Detroit (21) and VMI (8) rounded out the voting.
The Saints are coming off a year in which they won a program record-tying 12 games en route to a 12-5 record and 8-0 mark in the MAAC. Siena advanced to the 2010 MAAC Championship game before falling to Mount St. Mary’s. Siena returns five starters and 34 letterwinners from last season and enters 2011 with a 19-game MAAC regular season winning streak.
Siena led all schools, placing a MAAC-high four student-athletes on the 10-member Preseason All-MAAC Team. Canisius midfielder Adam Jones was named the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year.
Rogener was an All-MAAC Second Team selection last season. The Saints’ midfielder scored 15 goals last year and finished tied for third on the team with 26 points. He also ranked second on the squad in both assists (11) and groundballs (51).
An All-MAAC First Team selection in 2010, Seale played in all 17 games, starting 16 on defense. He accumulated 16 groundballs and was tied for second on the team with 12 caused turnovers.
Morr red-shirted last season and enters the 2011 campaign as the heir apparent to Brent Herbst whose graduation last spring leaves Morr as the favorite to get the starting nod in goal.
A junior attack, Neufeld led the Saints with 41 goals and finished with 48 points as an All-MAAC First Team selection a year ago. He has scored at least one point in every game in his career and enters the season with the longest active scoring streak in the nation at 35 consecutive games. He is also just one point shy of 100 for his career.
The Saints open the 2011 season Saturday when they take on defending National Champion Duke at 11 a.m. in Durham, N.C. The Blue Devils enter the season ranked fifth nationally.