Oct. 18, 2010
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Junior Ian Donnelly of cross country and senior Lisa Heimerle of field hockey have been selected as this month's Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month, representing September. These two upperclassmen represent excellence in both the classroom and the realm of Siena athletics.
A native of Campbell Hall, N.Y., Donnelly led Siena in every race he competed in last season. He is a one-time MAAC Runner of the Week, and finished 44th in last year's conference championships as a sophomore. He started strong this year with a 27th-place finish at the season-opening Marist Invitational. A biology major, Donnelly carries a 3.28 cumulative GPA.
Meanwhile, Heimerle, a native of Smithtown, N.Y., has continued to establish herself as one of the field hockey team's top offensive threats. She is tied for the team lead in goals, and leads the team with 24 shots (more than double the total of any other Saint). A mathematics and education major, Heimerle carries a 3.57 cumulative GPA, and has been named to three NEC Fall Academic Honor Rolls.
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.