May 17, 2011
Sophomore Jess Esposito of men's golf and senior Lauren Peloso of cross country have been named Leo Dufort Student-Athletes of the Month, representing April. These two Saints have represented excellence in both competition and the classroom.
A marketing and management major, Esposito tied for 21st at this month's MAAC Championships, shooting rounds of 77, 76 and 82. He also led Siena with a second-round 73 at April's Navy Invitational. Away from the links, the sophomore carries a 3.31 cumulative GPA and works as a tutor.
Meanwhile, Peloso graduated from Siena this past weekend with a degree in mathematics. Her Saints just completed a successful spring season, and the team as a whole has been recognized as one of the most academically-successful squads in the Siena athletic department. She carried a 3.84 GPA into her final semester, and finished with a flourish, notching a 4.0 this past spring.
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.