Maciariello appoints captains, announces addition of Dagostino

Loudonville, NY (NEWS10) – Siena Basketball head coach Carmen Maciariello has named graduate students Anthony Gaines and Nick Hopkins and seniors Robert Mahala and Jackson Stormo as quad-captains for the 2021-22 Saints. Maciariello also announced the addition of local product Aidan Dagostino to the program.

“Our captains put Siena Basketball first,” said Maciariello. “AG, Nick, Rob and Jackson embody what it means to wear green and gold, are dedicated and committed to all that we value as a program, and embrace and enforce our standards. They all give 100% in everything they do 100% of the time, and understand how much an honor and privilege it is to share this captain’s position with their brothers.

Gaines was a two-time team captain in the Big Ten in the past two seasons at Northwestern. The 6-5, 203-pound star player from Kingston, NY, is set to play his first of two seasons of eligibility for the Saints this winter. Gaines has appeared in 97 games (35 starts) in four seasons for the Wildcats, averaging 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 22.8 minutes. He averaged 3.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 23 appearances (five starts) last season at Northwestern.

Hopkins helped guide the Saints to the program’s second straight MAAC regular-season championship in his freshman year by wearing the green and gold last winter. The 6-0, 171-pound goalie from Fayetteville, Tennessee, is entering his second year as a graduate student in Siena, having spent the previous four seasons at Belmont. Hopkins started in all 11 games he appeared in the shortened 2020-21 season for the Saints, averaging 7.8 points and 3.2 rebounds over 33.8 minutes, while shooting at 37, 5% from three points.

Mahala is expected to serve as team captain for the second straight season for the Saints. The 6-5, 171-pound walk-on has helped guide Siena to back-to-back MAAC regular-season titles over the past two seasons. A native of Jackson, New Jersey, Mahala has played 13 career games, including seven games totaling 61 minutes last season. He was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court last season.

Stormo is Siena’s returning top scorer of last year’s MAAC regular season championship team. The 6-9, 247-pound forward from Santa Barbara, Calif., Is entering his second season with the Saints, after spending his first two years at Pepperdine. Stormo appeared in 17 games (10 starts) in his first season with the Green and Gold, averaging 10.8 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 65.5% from the field in 25, 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, Maciariello announced the addition of the 15e A member of the 2021-22 roster of Saints in first year and local product Aidan Dagostino of nearby Saratoga Springs. A 6-1, 147-pound goalie, Dagostino becomes 10th on the teame newcomer and fourth freshman to join Siena’s 2021-22 roster.

“We are delighted to welcome a local product from Aidan Dagostino into our program,” commented Maciariello.

Dagostino played a postgraduate year last season at South Kent School in Connecticut, having helped guide Saratoga Springs to the program’s first Section II Class AA championship in 31 years in 2019. Dagostino played two seasons for the Blue Streaks, after starting his high school career at Saratoga Central Catholic.

Siena begins its first official training of the 2021-22 season this afternoon.

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