Lake Buena Vista, Fla. - Siena defeated Saint Peter's, 5-1, in the day's opening game, while Rider got a dramatic late goal to oust Canisius, 2-1, to secure places in the quarterfinals of the 2011 MAAC Men's Soccer Championship at ESPN Wide World of Sports. #10 Siena will face #2 Iona at 11:15 a.m. followed by #1 Fairfield versus #8 Rider at 1:45 p.m. Both games will be live on ESPN3.
Friday's first quarterfinal pits #3 Loyola against #6 Manhattan at 11 a.m. The Greyhounds ran out 3-0 winners after putting in a complete performance against the Jaspers in Riverdale. Manhattan is this season's surprise team. After beginning the league campaign with three losses, Manhattan snapped its 43-game winless streak and proceeded to take 10 points from its next four games en route to the #6 seed. Loyola has won 12 MAAC Championships, nine more than the next closest school.
Iona, currently ranked 24th in the nation, will be looking to avenge its 1-0 double overtime loss to Siena back on Oct. 16. The Saints are one of just three teams to beat the Gaels this season, the others being top-seeded Fairfield and then-No. 14 St. John's.
At 1:30 p.m., #4 Niagara will face #5 Marist. The Purple Eagles defeated Marist, 1-0, in the first game of the league season. The Red Foxes enter the tournament having won three of their last four games.
The final game of the day showcases the tournament's top seed and MAAC regular season champions Fairfield. The Stags beat Rider, 3-2, in overtime back on Oct. 2 in Lawrenceville. Rider's win today was its first MAAC Championship victory since 2004.
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