BY MICHAEL KELLY
LOUDONVILLE — With her strong play and leadership, Alyssa Treanor has helped the Siena College women’s lacrosse team rebound from a poor start to its season.
The senior was recently named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week and backed up earning that honor with a big game March 21 against LIU Brooklyn. The former Niskayuna High School standout — whose sister, Kayla Treanor, plays at Syracuse University — scored four goals and registered an assist in Siena’s 20-8 win against LIU Brooklyn. With her performance against LIU Brooklyn, Treanor upped her season totals to 18 goals and seven assist through her team’s first nine games.
The win was Siena’s fourth in a row after the squad got off to a 1-4 start under rookie head coach Bryana Borrelli. Treanor said getting to be a part of Borrelli’s first season at the helm of Siena has made for an exciting — and purposeful — senior season for her.
“I’m excited about where the program’s going from here,” said Treanor, who won three sectional titles while playing for Niskayuna. “Being at the start of it is awesome.”
Borrelli — previously an assistant at Duquesne University — said Treanor has helped to make her transition easier in her first season leading the program. While Treanor is the team’s second-leading scorer, Borrelli said Treanor’s leadership and work ethic are what have done the most good for this year’s squad.
“She was one of the first kids I met with when I came here,” the coach said. “The biggest thing that Alyssa has shown the team is that if you do the extra stuff, it will pay off.”
That showed when Treanor — who scored 45 goals during her first three seasons at Siena — earned the player of the week award. That honor came to Treanor on March 16 after a two-game stretch in which she scored six goals and notched three assists in a pair of Siena victories.
Those two games started Siena’s four-game winning streak, which it will bring into its March 28 home game against Fairfield. Treanor said Siena’s slow start to this season came as her squad got used to its new coach’s ways, but that the team has taken off now that it is used to Borrelli.
“We started from scratch again with her,” said Treanor. “She really emphasizes preparation and hard work — the types of things it takes for a team to win.”
During the transition phase, Borrelli said having Treanor on her side was invaluable.
“She’s a great liaison between [the coaching staff and the players],” said Borrelli. “That’s always helpful and she has a really good pulse for the team. She understands where the emotions of the team are at, which is really important for a coach to know.”
Treanor, a history major, said she may continue her education after completing her undergraduate work at Siena. She is enjoying her final season of college lacrosse and said while her playing career is winding down, coaching is in her future.
“If I can find a way [to stay involved with lacrosse], I sure will,” she said. “I just love the game and want to be around it.”