Last summer, I challenged the athletic department and our student athletes, noting in this report thatwe had a good 2009-10, butwe could all do better. I’mhappy to report,we did.
The 2010-11 academic and athletic year was a rewarding one at Siena. Your student athletes excelled in the classroom, were active participants in the Siena community and beyond, and enjoyed great athletic success.We captured threeMAAC championships, had three programs represented in the NCAA Tournament, and saw two teams earn national rankings for the irst time.
Women’s soccer got things started in the fall, garnering a top-25 national ranking in consecutive weeks after a perfect 12-0 start. They went on to win the MAAC Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the irst time. In the spring, men’s lacrosse won its second MAAC title in three years andinishedthe seasonranked20thnationally after aprogram- record 13 victories. For the 11th straight season, ourwomen’s golf team wontheMAACChampionship,andonthemen’s side, seniorDonDeNyseIII won the individual champion at theMAACTournament, earning an invita-
tion to theNCAA Tournament.Women’s basketball, baseball,men’s soccer,women’s tennis, women’s lacrosse and women’s swimming and diving all inished in the top-four of the MAAC, and each advanced to the conference championships.
Winning games and championships is important, but graduating our student athletes is paramount. The student athlete Class of 2011 is featured on the front of this report. As much as we enjoyedwatching themcompete, the “uniforms” they arewearing on the cover are the ones that reallymatter. In each of the irst six Graduation Success Rate (GSR) reports released by the NCAA, your athletic department posted a GSR of 93% or higher, ranking in the top-10 percent of allDivision I schools each year. In themost recent report, Siena boasted the ifth highest rate at 95%. Five of our teams received Public Recognition awards from the NCAA this year for registering perfect multi- year Academic Progress Rates (APRs).
I was especially pleased by the work of our Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and its president Katie Carew. Katie is a rising senior on our swimteam and amember of the NCAA national SAAC, serving as theMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s representative.Katie has been very energetic and creative in raising theproileofSiena’sSAAC, representing the student athletes tothe administration, and developing strategies to better integrate our student athletes on campus.
This annual report reveals the success stories of 2010-11 and introduces you to students like Katie whomade it all possible. Our student athletes’ recent achievements have opened new doors,making this a very exciting time for Siena athletics. The College’s new ive-year strategic plan, “Living our Tradition,” began June 1, and athletics was identiied as one of the four initiatives in the plan. The College views athletics as an important strategic building block, and we’re anxious to work alongside you to bring the initiative to life.
Go Saints! John D’Argenio
• A total of 92 student athletes were named to their respective All-Academic Teams for maintaining a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher. Field hockey and women’s soccer led all programs placing 12 student athletes on their All-Academic Teams.
• For the third straight year, 13 of Siena’s 18 athletic programs posted a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Collectively, Siena’s student athletes posted a cumulative GPAof 3.06 and 11 individuals achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 2011 spring semester alone.
• Themen’s cross country,women’s cross country, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s golf teams all received Public Recognition awards from the NCAA for posting multiyear AcademicProgressRates (APR) in the top-10 percent of all teams in their respective sports.Th
e ive teams recog- nized represent the most that Siena has had honored in any one year.
• Themen’s and women’s cross country teams earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Status.
• Field Hockey placed 10 student athletes on the 2010 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Team. Additionally, freshman CorydelaGorgendierewasnamedto theprestigiousNEC Commissioner’sHonor Roll.
•Women’s soccer senior captain Tabitha Tice was named to the 2010 NSCAA Scholar All-East Region First Team.
•Men’s lacrosse senior captain John Rogener was named a USILA Scholar All-American.
•Women’s swimming and diving’s Brittany Pavolko was named to the Capital One Academic All-DistrictWomen's At-Large Second Team.
Cumulative GPAs (highest to lowest)
Women’s Golf Women’s Soccer
Men’s Cross Country Water Polo Men’s Soccer
Swimming and Diving Women’s Lacrosse Volleyball Softball
Men’s Tennis Baseball
Siena’s student athletes earned a 95% Graduation Success Rate (GSR). It ranked as the ifth highest rate amongallDivisionI institutions. Siena student athletes also had the eighth best Graduation Rate (82%) using the federalmethodology,whichwas 9%higher than the rate attained by Siena’s general student population (73%). Siena was second among all Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference institutions with an 82% Graduation Rate and tied for second amongMAAC schools in GSR.
Women’s Basketball Men’s Golf
Graduation Success Rate 1. Colgate 2.No
treDame 3.Duke and ive others
100% 99% 97%
4. Boston College and three others 96% 5. Siena and eight others 6. Stanford and seven others
Men’s Basketball Men’s Lacrosse
3.32 3.28 3.24 3.18 3.15 3.15 3.13 3.11 3.09 3.07 3.04 2.90 2.79 2.75 2.70 2.68
Women’s Cross Country 3.44 Field Hockey
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