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2011 Outlook


It’s a new era in Siena Men’s Lacrosse. The Saints enter the 2011 season poised to not only repeat as MAAC Regular- Season Champions for a fourth time in five years, but also capture the program’s second MAAC Tournament Champion- ship and NCAA Tournament Appearance.


Over the past four seasons, head coach Brian Brecht has instilled a winning attitude on the lacrosse field in Loudonville. The Saints have won 44 games over that time, winning 65.7% of the time they have stepped onto the turf. That dominance has been amplified in the conference, where the Saints have posted a 27-5 record in the MAAC and enter this season having won their last 19 regular-season games in conference.


As the calendar turns to 2011, Brecht will rely on some wily veterans, but also some new stars in the making, to help carry the Saints to the next level. While some may think that the Saints are rebuilding, those who follow the program know that in actuality, they are simply reloading.


“We’re going to be a new team with new personnel due to the graduation of our first two recruiting classes,” noted Brecht. “I’m excited with the young men we have in the program and feel that they have developed to the point where we can continue to fulfill our expectations and achieve great success.”


It’s never easy to replace aMAAC Offensive Player of the Year (Ryan Duggan) andMAAC Defensive Player of the Year and arguably best goalie in conference history (Brent Herbst). But with battle-tested, successful upperclassmen like Preseason All-MAAC selections John Rogener, Duncan Seale and Bryan Neufeld, the Saints boast a talented crop of both experienced proven winners and hungry, talented underclassmen who they hope can combine to forma championship elixir.


As the Saints begin their quest for another MAAC Champion- ship in 2011, many of the names and faces have changed from the recent glory days, but the mentality has remained the same. The Saints hope that winning attitude can inspire a new group of players wearing the Green and Gold to pick up where the most recent generation left off.


Attack While the Saints have some big shoes to fill on the front line following the graduation of Jordan Loftus and MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, Ryan Duggan, the attack corps figures to once again be a strength this season. Anchoring the unit is MAAC Offensive Player of the Year candidate Bryan Neufeld. The 2009 MAAC Rookie of the Year, Neufeld has already put together a laundry list of accomplishments in his Siena career. Last season he led the team with 41 goals and scored 99 career points. He enters 2011 with the nation’s longest active scoring streak at 35 games.


“Our attackmen complement each other very well,” observes Brecht. “This unit continues to get better each day and we are expecting big things from them this season.”


The challenge this season for Neufeld and the Saints will be finding him new running mates up front to help take the pressure off. The most likely candidates to start the year are seniors Dan Lawson and Bryan Renneisen. While neither saw much action and failed to score in the first years with the Saints last season following transfers from junior colleges, the duo has come on strong during the offseason and hope to provide a complementary scoring punch to Neufeld up front.


Bryan Neufeld


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