Lacrosse Pair Named Leo Dufort Student-Athletes of the Month

Feb. 3, 2009

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena men's lacrosse senior attackman Chris Zarins and women's lacrosse senior tri-captain Lindsey Rosecrans have been named the athletic department's Leo Dufort Student-Athletes of the Month as announced earlier today. The duo, who earned the award for the month of January, have excelled both on the field and in the classroom.

A Bayville, N.Y. native, Zarins enters his final season in Loudonville after ranking third on the team last year in goals (19) and points (31). Additionally, Zarins was named MAAC Player of the Week on Feb. 25.

As a student, Zarins has maintained a strong GPA of right around 3.0. A finance major, he currently holds an overall GPA of 3.02.

A local product from nearby Niskayuna, N.Y., Rosecrans enters her second season as team captain. A talented two-way midfielder, she started all 14 games last season, leading the team in goals (19) and draw controls (28) while finishing second overall in points (22).

In the classroom, Rosecrans posted a 3.75 GPA last semester and has a 3.18 cumulative GPA as a psychology 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.