Staff
Head Coach
John Svec

John Svec enters his seventh season as the head men's lacrosse coach at Siena College. A two-time Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year (2012, 2014), Svec guided the Saints to the program's third MAAC Championship in 2014.

Appointed the ninth head coach in Siena Men's Lacrosse history on July 15, 2011, Svec has posted a 41-50 (.451) overall record including an impressive 23-13 (.639) mark in MAAC play over his first seven seasons. He led the Saints to the MAAC Championship game in each of his first three years as well as a pair of regular season titles (2012, 2014). Svec was appointed to the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee in July of 2014.

"We wanted to find somebody who could continue the success we've had and help us win games and championships, and to get things done the right way while keeping the interest of our student athletes at heart," said vice president and director of athletics John D'Argenio upon Svec's hiring. "We found John Svec and he's the person to help us continue that success here at Siena College."

Svec’s program continued to excel both on and off the field in 2017. Senior Ryan Ghaderi was again named the men’s lacrosse sport winner for the prestigious Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award. The program boasted nine MAAC All-Academic Team selections, one shy of tying a program record. While the team fell one conference win shy of earning a spot in the MAAC Tournament, junior attackman Chris Robertson and senior long stick midfielder Joe Arcarese earned MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and Long Stick Midfielder of the Year awards, respectively. Robertson and Arcarese also earned First Team honors for their efforts. Ghaderi, Keenan Cook and Ross Filtch were also named to MAAC teams for their season with the Saints. The program ranked fourth nationally in man-up offense (.515) and had the 11th fewest turnovers per game (11.71). Ghaderi led the league in caused turnovers per game (1.36), while Robertson was first in the league in man-up goals with seven and second in goals per game as he recorded 2.50.

In 2016, Svec's program ranked third nationally in clearing percentage (.913). Junior defenseman, Ryan Ghaderi was named just one of 30 national semifinalists - and the men's lacrosse sport winner - for the prestigious Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award. The program continued to excel in the classroom as the Saints broke the program record with 10 MAAC All-Academic Team selections.

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Assistant Coach
Rob Cross

Rob Cross enters his fifth season as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the men's lacrosse program. Cross spent the previous two seasons in a similar position at the University of Delaware.

"I'm excited to have Coach Cross join us," said head coach John Svec upon Cross' appointment. "His experience both as a player and an offensive coordinator will benefit us greatly. His passion for the game will help show our guys how to win."

With the assistance of Cross, junior attackman Chris Robertson earned MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and First Team honors. Robertson was ranked first in the league in man-up goals (7) and second in goals per game (2.50). Robertson ended his season on a 13-game scoring streak which is tied for ninth best of all active NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse players. Cross’ offense developed six double digit scorers.

Cross helped establish five double digit scores in his 2016 offense. Sophomore attackman Chris Robertson ranked seventh in the league in both goals per game (1.85) and assists per game (1.07).

In 2015, Cross' offense developed six double digit goal scorers and senior attackman Richie Hurley was named a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.

In his first season in Loudonville, Cross' helped guide the Saints to an 11-6 overall record and both the MAAC Regular Season and Tournament Championship. The Saints boasted a program record 11 All-MAAC selections and six Second Team All-MAAC honorees and posted seven true road wins which tied for the second most in the nation.

Cross helped develop Richie Hurley into Siena College's Male Student Athlete of the Year, the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, a USILA Honorable Mention All-American and Tewaaraton Award Watch List candidate in his first season as offensive coordinator. Hurley broke the MAAC record with 82 points and broke the Siena record with 48 assists while ranking fourth nationally in assists per game (2.82) and sixth in points per game (4.82).

Cross previously served as an assistant coach and ran the offenses at Mercyhurst (2006), UMBC (2007-09), Harvard (2010) and Rutgers (2011) prior to his stint with Delaware. With the Blue Hens, Cross oversaw the development of the program's offense and goaltenders. In 2012 he helped develop Grant Kaleikau to rank third nationally in assists per game.

Cross helped guide Rutgers to a top-20 nationally ranking early during the 2011 season and in 2010 at Harvard developed the nation's 15th best scoring and man-up offense.

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Assistant Coach
Gill Conners

Gill Conners enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Siena College Men's Lacrosse program. A native of nearby Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Conners works with the Saints' goalies and defense and runs the substitution box during games.

"I am excited to welcome Gill Conners to our Siena Lacrosse family," said head coach Svec upon Conners' hiring. "His career as a player speaks for itself. A two-time Junior College National Champion and two-time All-Conference selection, Gill brings a wealth of knowledge about the goalie position as well as experience coaching in the Ivy League."

In his second season, Conners’ again boasted senior defenseman, Ryan Ghaderi, as the men’s lacrosse sport winner for the prestigious Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award. Conners’ helped guide senior long stick midfielder Joe Arcarese to MAAC Long Stick Midfielder of the Year honors. Ghaderi led the league in caused turnovers (1.36), while Arcarese caused the fifth most turnovers in the MAAC (1.14).

Conners broke into the coaching ranks in 2015 at Brown University as a volunteer assistant coach were he assisted with the development of the goalies and worked with the defense. Under Conners' tutelage, Bears' goalie Jack Kelly ranked 11th nationally in saves per game (11.53) and 14th in save percentage (.554). Additionally, the Brown defense caused an average of 9.41 turnovers per game which was second best in all of Division I.

The Bears posted a 12-5 overall record and captured a share of the Ivy League Championship and were the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament. Brown earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament where they faced eventual National Champion Denver, and finished the season ranked 13th in the USILA Coaches' Poll and 12th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.

Conners played collegiately at both Quinnipiac University (2012-14) and Onondaga Community College (2010-12). During his senior year at Quinnipiac, he was named both a Second Team All-MAAC and All-New England selection, competed in the North-South Senior All-Star Game and was honored as the Bobcats' Team MVP after ranking fourth nationally in saves per game (13.15) and sixth in save percentage (.576). In 2013, Conners was tabbed a First Team All-Northeast Conference selection and ranked fifth nationally in save per game (13.93).

Conners led Onondaga to consecutive NJCAA National Championships and in 2012 was the NJCAA National Goalie of the Year, a First Team All-American and the Region 3 Defensive Player of the Year, while allowing just 30 goals all season (2.6 per game).

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