LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - A pair of seniors from the Siena Lacrosse programs has been selected as the Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month representing the month of February. Casey Dowd from the men's team and Erin Mossop from the women's squad have been recognized for their efforts both on the field and in the classroom.
A native of Madison, Conn, Dowd will go down as arguably the best faceoff specialist in program history. The 2014 MAAC Faceoff Specialist of the Year, Dowd entered this season already ranking 17th in NCAA history in groundballs and 23rd in faceoffs won. Dowd, who currently holds the program records with 405 groundballs and 680 faceoffs won, broke his own program and MAAC record with 151 groundballs last season which was the 15th highest total in NCAA single-season history.
In the classroom, Dowd achieved a stellar 3.4 GPA during the fall semester and currently possesses a 3.01 cumulative GPA while majoring in Marketing.
In just her second season donning the Green and Gold, Mossop has already made a major impact both on and off the field for the women's lacrosse program. The local product from nearby Guilderland, N.Y. has already accumulated 60 points in her first 23 career games with the Saints. She currently ranks tied for second in the MAAC in both scoring (19) and goals (14) and her seven-goal game in the Saints' win over Central Connecticut Feb. 27 tied a program record.
Academically, Mossop possesses a 3.23 cumulative GPA while majoring in Finance.
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.