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23. Minnesota (10-2-2) 24. USC (8-3-2) 25. Siena (12-0-0)

A Storybook Season

Intheir irstmatch, the Saints set the tone for the seasonbyoust- ing Big East power Connecticut on the road 3-2 in overtime. Twoweeks later, Siena ralliedpastProvidence4-3athome.

*Oct. 12 Soccer America Poll

A MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, the irst national ranking in program history, a school-record 13 wins, two All- American Honorable Mentions, and the MAAC Offensive

and Defensive Players of the Year were all highlights from this past season for the ever- improving Sienamen’s lacrosse team.

Women’s soccer had a magical season, posting a program-record 17 wins and capturing their initialMAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth.

The Saints won their irst 12 games of the season which left them as the last remaining undefeated, untied teamin all of Division I. They secured a national ranking of No. 25 in the Soccer America Top-25 Poll Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, and were among teams receiving votes for eight consecutiveweeks in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.comTop-25 Poll.

Despite the fast start, this team showed the heart of a champion, overcoming adversity when their season was on the line. Entering the inal weekend of MAAC play, the Saints had lost three straight conference matches and were in danger of not qualifying for the four-teamMAAC Championships.

Senior captainTabithaTice tookituponherself tomake sure the Saints reach their ultimate goal. She scored the game-winning goals in each of the Saints’ crucial victories that weekend, securing a spot in the MAAC Championships.

2010Women’s Soccer Accolades

•Won first MAAC Championship and made first NCAAWomen’s College Cup appearance

• Nationally ranked for the first time in school history (No. 25 in the Soccer America Poll for the weeks of Oct. 4 and 11)

• Opened the season a perfect 12-0-0 and were the last remaining unde- feated, untied team in the nation

• Program-record 17 wins

• Earned wins over Big East powers UCONN and Providence

As the number three seed, the Saints again had to dig deep. The team rallied from a 1-0 deicit in the second half of its semi- inal game to toparchrivalMarist, setting the stage for an epic Championship clashwith Canisius.

After the Saints and Griffs remained scoreless through regulation, Tice delivered the most important play in Siena women’s soccer history, iring home the golden goal in the 92nd minute and sending Siena to its irstMAAC title and anNCAA TournamentdatewithGeorgetown.

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The Saintswon their irst six games ofMarch, including vicotories over eventualNCAA Tourna- ment teamHartford,aswellasBigEast foesSt. John’sandProvidence.Siena’shigh-poweredoffense inished the season ranked eighth nationallywith a programsingle-season record 206 goals.

The Saints inished the regular seasonwith a 5-1 league record and tied a programrecord by placing seven players on All-MAAC teams for a third straight season.

IntheMAACTournament, SienaoutscoredJacksonville andDetroit30-11, including astunning28-6marginover theinal sevenandahalfperiods.TheMAACTournament championship was the exclamation point on an era of dominance in the MAAC for Siena,which has posted a 32-6 record in the league over the past ive seasons.

The Saints’ rewardwas a datewith theNo. 1 teamin the nation, Syracuse, in a rematch of the Saints’ initial NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009 at the Carrier Dome. The Saints tied the game 2-2 in the opening minute of the second period, and kept things as close as two goals into thewaningminutes of the third.

Siena inished the season rankedNo. 20 nationally in both the USILA Coaches’ Poll and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll for the irst time. The team reached double igures in wins for a ifth straight year and has now posted 57 victories since the start of the 2007 season – the sixth highest total in the nation – trailing only Duke, Virginia, Syracuse, Cornell and Notre Dame.

2011 Men’s Lacrosse Accolades

• Earned first national ranking, finish- ing the season at No. 20 in both the USILA Coaches’ Poll and Nike/Inside Media Poll

•Won the MAAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament

• Program record 13 wins

• Two All-American Honorable Mentions

• Two North/South All-Stars • One Scholar All-American

• The MAAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year


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18. UMass (10-5) 19. Hartford (11-7) 20. Siena (13-5)

*Final NIKEMedia Poll and USILA Coaches Poll

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