March 11, 2014
Kyle Curry from the men's lacrosse team and Julia Sirianni from women's lacrosse have been named Siena College's Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month representing February. Both Curry and Sirianni has excelled academically and athletically throughout their college careers.
Curry is a native of Littleton, Massachusetts. The redshirt senior has seen action in all five games, starting three this season, scoring four goals and two assists. Curry was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team twice, following a successful junior season (2013), tallying 26 points with 22 goals and again in 2012.
Academically, Curry, an economics major holds a 3.56 cumulative GPA. Curry's 3.82 term GPA earned him a spot on the President's List for the fall 2013 semester.
Sirianni is a junior midfielder from nearby Saratoga Springs, N.Y. has five goals and has been named one of three captains by head coach Melissa Pearsall this season. Sirianni earned Second Team All-MAAC, MAAC All-Tournament Team and MAAC All-Academic Team selections following her 2013 sophomore season. Sirianni is one of seven women's lacrosse players to be named MAAC All-Academic Team selection. Sirianni broke the Siena and MAAC record with 89 draw controls and ranked seventh nationally averaging 5.6 draw controls per game.
Sirianni is an Education major in American Studies with a minor in communications and currently holds a 3.69 cumulative GPA. Sirianni was named to the Fall 2013 semester Dean's List with her 3.52 term GPA.
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.