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Siena's McNelis, Adams Win MAAC Honors

Published: April 6, 2021

LOUDONVILLE, NY – After going nearly eight years between boasting the MAAC’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week in the same week, Siena Women’s Soccer has accomplished the feat for the second time in just seven days. Junior midfielder Emily McNelis has been named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, while classmate Leslie Adams earns her second straight MAAC Defensive Player of the Week nod.


Adams and Carrie Krohn (Offensive) previously received acclaim last week for the Saints, becoming the first Siena duo to be named the MAAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week in the same week since Brittany Pfaff (Offensive) and Taylor Booth (Defensive) on Aug. 26, 2013.


McNelis and Adams led the Saints to a 2-0-1 week to cap a marathon regular season in which Siena went undefeated in five matches spanning just 10 days.


McNelis totaled four points on a pair of goals – including a game-winner – over the three matches last week. The Northport, New York native netted the game-winning goal in last Tuesday’s victory at Saint Peter’s. After registering a match-high seven shots in Thursday’s win at Niagara, McNelis scored the equalizer to rally the Saints to a 1-1 draw vs. MAAC Preseason favorite and four-time defending champion Monmouth Saturday.


McNelis paces Siena with nine points on the strength of four goals during the unique abbreviated spring season. She currently ranks 24th nationally in goals per match (0.80) and 28th in points per matches (1.80).


Adams amassed 14 saves while posting a 0.90 goals against average and a .875 save percentage in registering a win and a tie last week. The Saints’ goalkeeper from Collegeville, Pennsylvania made three saves in Tuesday’s win at the Peacocks, while stopping a season-high 11 shots in Saturday’s draw against the Hawks.


Adams leads the MAAC in both save percentage (.926) and goals against average (0.47), which ranks eighth and 23rd nationally, respectively. She also currently ranks 14th in the nation in saves per match (6.25).


McNelis, Adams and Siena are off for today’s final day of MAAC Regular Season action. The Saints are slated to host a MAAC Quarterfinals match Friday at Hickey Field, with details confirming the team’s seed, opponent, and other information expected to be announced later today following the conclusion of regular season action.


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