March 29, 2012
Siena lacrosse players Bryan Neufeld and Deirdre McQuillan have been honored with the latest Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month awards, representing February. Neufeld and McQuillan have emerged as team leaders, both on and off the field.
A senior from Virgil, Ontario, Canada, Neufeld has emerged as one of the top attackmen in all of Division I. He is third nationally among active players in career points, and leads Siena with 34 points in eight 2012 games. Before the season began, he was drafted by the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse, and he is also a contender for both the Tewaaraton Trophy and the Lowe's Senior CLASS award. A Finance major, Neufeld carries a 2.94 GPA.
Meanwhile, McQuillan also leads her team in points, tallying 26 in eight games. She's scored 129 points in her career, fifth in program history, and her 42 assists are third all-time. McQuillan is also an exceptional student, and posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in the Fall 2011 semester. A Pre-Med major from East Meadow, N.Y., the senior carries a 3.44 cumulative 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.