April 30, 2008
Loudonville, N.Y. - Siena College senior women's lacrosse midfielder Lynn Harkins and junior baseball outfielder Jason DeFilippo have been named as the Leo Dufort Student-Athletes of the Month for April. Harkins and DeFilippo have excelled both on the field for their respective teams as well as in the classroom.
A native of Bellmore, N.Y., Harkins provided leadership to the women's lacrosse team during her senior season, serving as a team captain. A superb two-way midfielder, she started all 14 games in 2008 for the Saints, racking up 11 goals and five assists. On the defensive end, she was among the team leaders in groundballs (23) and caused turnovers (11).
As a student, Harkins was strong in the classroom. She posted a 3.08 GPA as a Political Science major.
DeFilippo, who hails from Gloucester, Mass., was a staple in centerfield this season for the surging Saints that posted the third most wins in program history. A .326 hitter, he ranked second in the MAAC with 25 stolen bases this season.
A stellar all-around student-athlete, DeFilippo excelled in the classroom as well where he earned MAAC All-Academic honors. The junior has accrued a 3.47 GPA as a Finance major.
The Leo Dufort Student-Athlete of the Month Award is presented nine times annually (September-May) throughout the academic year. The award recognizes exemplary achievements in both academics and athletics. The late Leo Dufort received a B.S. in marketing and management from Siena in August of 1977. His entire academic career was completed on a part-time basis beginning in the spring of 1961, as a married adult while at the same time raising five children. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack while cross country skiing in February of 1993. His wife Jeanine wanted to do something to immortalize his memory. The original plaque was donated to athletics and the department began the Leo Dufort Student-Athlete of the Month Award to help carry out his legacy. Dufort graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1954, was a Navy Veteran (USS Bennington) who worked for JL Hammett Co. at the time of his death.