Cross Country's Paolo Fiore and field hockey's Megan Bohse are the October recipients of the Leo Dufort Siena College Student Athlete of the Month Award. Both student athletes enjoyed strong Octobers both on the field and in the classroom.
Fiore, a sophomore from Brightwaters, N.Y. enjoyed a strong month, while also excelling in the classroom. Fiore holds a 3.11 cumulative GPA in the College's very competitive Biology department. On the course, he came on very strong for the Saints late in the month. He finished second on the team and 14th overall at the UAlbany Invitational. He finished the month in the MAAC Championships with a top-50 overall finished and finished third on the team.
"Paolo had made great strides on the course this year," said cross country head coach John Kenworthy, "He's an amazing talent with an endless desire to improve. He has brings great energy to practice and certainly knows how to keep the mood light!"
Bohse, a senior captain from Union, N.J., was a leader on the field and in the classroom for the Saints. A psychology major, Bohse holds a cumulative 3.39 GPA. On the field Bohse led the Saints in goals, points and shots, while finishing second on the team in assists. She scored the game-winning goal in the Saint's season finale against Rider giving them their lone victory on the season.
"We are very proud of Megan and her dedication to perform at her highest level both on the field and in the classroom," said field hockey head coach Kara Zappone, "This is a well deserved honor. She is a great representation of Siena College and our Field Hockey program."
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.