Gaels in full force as major test looms

Iona hopes first-place showdown will be stepping stone to MAAC title ... and beyond

Updated: February 10, 2012, 4:45 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The Iona Gaels were in a hurry Thursday afternoon, trying to cram in a two-hour practice before boarding a bus to Baltimore.

And before they put on their practice gear, they had to dress up in their game uniforms for a team photo. The picture will appear in the program for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament next month -- a picture, they hope, of the school's first championship team since 2006.

First, the Gaels (19-5, 11-2 MAAC) face their biggest ...

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