The Delmar native and Bethlehem High grad was a walk on his freshman season. As a senior, Mulhall is one of three captains with Mazzone and fellow senior Chris Viviano.
"It's a nice honor for the guys, they've earned it with an 8 0 regular season record," Siena coach Brian Brecht said. "You can wipe Under Armour Curry 3 High
The Saints know that all too well.
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Even more impressive is the team's numbers in MAAC play. Siena has more than twice as many goals (98) in its eight conference games than they've allowed (48).
a long stick defender and now is part of the nation's second ranked defense in terms of goals allowed (6.67 per game), behind only Notre Dame (6.23).
In 2007, Siena earned the top seed, but was upset, 9 7, by Providence, which went on to win the championship.
"Last year was a disappointment, so we had that bad taste in our mouths this whole season," echoed Mazzone.
that slate clean though, because right now, it's 60 minutes to keep on moving forward."
Both Mazzone and Mulhall say they've seen huge improvements in the program since they were freshman.
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"We've worked a lot harder," added Mazzone. "In '07 we were young and it was our first time there. We were just happy to be there, but now we're going there with the expectations to win."
"We're prepared for everything, we're fundamentally sound and we have a hell of a Under Armour Basketball Shoes goalie in Brent Hersbt that is a great last resort if things break down and mistakes are made," Brecht said. "He covers for a lot of mistakes."
Like that season, the final regular season game was against the Friars, but this year, the Saints turned the tide by posting an 8 5 victory on April 25.
"We were Coach Brecht's first recruiting class and we've been working with him for so long," Mulhall said. "The program has come a long, long way."
"Players make plays," Brecht said. "When you have good players that are disciplined, that are focused and that are working hard, they're hard to guard and hard to stop."
Th philosophy that Brecht has tried to instill is, to win at the highest level, you must be able to play defense.
"You develop a bond on and off the field," said Mulhall about playing on the back line with Viviano and another senior, Anthony Nunziata.
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"Each year, the players are getting better," Mazzone said. "This freshmen class, Bryan Neufeld, Chris Roth, Chris D'Alberti, they're amazing players and they're just going to help this program grow."
"When we came in here, this group of seniors, our goal was to get to the NCAA Tournament," Mazzone said.
Siena played host to the MAAC Tournament in 2008, but the team finished just 4 4 in league play and was left out of the four team tournament, an experience that Mulhall called "heartbreaking."
"We're a lot more mature," Brecht said about this year's club. "We have 17 seniors that were a part of my first recruiting class that I've coached from the day they stepped into the locker room until the day they step out of that locker room in the next couple weeks."
"It's a bit of revenge," said senior defender Dan Mulhall.
No matter what happens this weekend, this senior class will look back at their time wearing the Green Gold as some of the most important years in getting this program on the right track.
"There's such a stronger base for Siena lacrosse inside and outside the locker room," said Mulhall.
for the first time.
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