Restrictions in New York on fan attendance at college sporting events loosened up just in time for the Siena men’s lacrosse team to hold Senior Day on Saturday.
A campus-wide COVID-19 pause at Marist came just in time for Siena to have to cancel Senior Day.
The Saints were scheduled to host Marist at noon on Saturday, but the game was postponed on Wednesday, and there are no other MAAC teams available to fill that spot.
So head coach Liam Gleason’s team will practice instead.
“They’re definitely disappointed,” he said. “With the movement of the Canisius game from April 10 to earlier in the season, that was our Senior Day, and Marist became our Senior Day.
“So we did have families flying in. We weren’t doing a big celebration as far as dinners and that stuff, but we were going to announce the seniors and allow them to take pictures with their parents after the game. This is disappointing, for sure, but they know not to dwell on it.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that two spectators per player would be allowed to attend games at small college venues.
Siena was able to schedule a road game at Quinnipiac next Wednesday.
The Saints also have the MAAC playoffs to look forward to, after the conference expanded the format to include all eight teams. Quarterfinals will be held Friday, April 30; semifinals are Wednesday, May 5; and the championship game, which carries an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the winner, will be on Saturday, May 8.
All of the postseason games will be hosted by the higher-seeded teams.
“Right now, we’re in the playoffs, so we need to keep getting better and give ourselves an opportunity to get a good seed,” Gleason said. “Then who knows what can happen. It’s just like March Madness, you know? Just get better and be good at the right time.”