Four Siena fall sports standouts earned recognition from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tuesday when the league released its 35th Anniversary Teams for fall sports. Men's soccer's James Beeston `14 and volleyball's Burgandy McCurty '10 were named to the First Team, and men's soccer's Sindre Ek '13 and volleyball's April London '09 were recognized on the Second Team.
The league said it compiled the 35th anniversary teams to showcase its best fall sports athletes from the past three and a half decades. The fall sports teams recognized 49 student athletes, divided into a first and second team.
Beeston (Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England) is the only two-time First Team All-MAAC selection in program history (2012, 2013). He stands as the program's all-time leader with 29 assists, which ranks fifth all-time in MAAC history, while also ranking seventh in program history with 51 career points. He was a three-time team captain and a member of two of the four winningest seasons in program history. A 2013 First Team All-MAAC and NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I All-North Atlantic Region Second Team selection, Beeston ranked second in the MAAC in assists (eight) and tied for fourth in scoring (20) as a senior. As a junior, he was named to the 2012 MAAC First Team, MAAC All-Tournament Team and NSCAA North Atlantic Third Team All-Region after leading the conference with eight assists. Beeston was the 2010 Siena College Male Rookie of the Year and a MAAC All-Rookie Team selection after tying for both the team and MAAC lead with a program record tying nine assists, which tied for 19th nationally.
Beeston graduated with a 3.66 cumulative GPA while majoring in English and minoring in business, and was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team and Academic Honor Roll in each year of eligibility. In 2013, Beeston was named one of just 30 candidates nationally for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award in addition to being tabbed an NSCAA Scholar All-American and All-Region selection, while also becoming the program's first-ever Capital One Academic All-American (Second Team) and First Team All-District selection.
McCurty (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) enjoyed one of the great careers for any student athlete in Siena history. She was a three-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2008 and 2009), two-time Siena College Female Athlete of the Year (2008 and 2009), and 2006 MAAC Rookie of the Year. She is Siena and the MAAC's all-time kills leader (1,945), and stands as the program record holder for kills per set (4.27), and attack percentage (.353). McCurty was a 13-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Week and was named to the MAAC volleyball First Team all four of her undergraduate seasons (2006-09).
McCurty led Siena to a MAAC Championship and NCAA appearance in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She was named one of 15 "Rising Stars" by Collegiate Volleyball Update after her rookie season. McCurty ranked sixth nationally and second all-time in MAAC history with a .427 attack percentage as a sophomore, and her 561 kills as a junior are second most in program history and fourth most in MAAC history. McCurty ended her senior season ranked second nationally with a school and MAAC record 5.37 kills per set. Her 575 kills as a senior are most in program history and third most in MAAC history. McCurty was a 2010 Siena College Academic Excellence and Achievement Award Recipient, as well as a 2009 MAAC All-Academic Team selection and 2010 MAAC Honor Roll honoree. She graduated with 3.36 GPA in accounting and went on to earn her master's from Siena in 2011.
In 2012, Ek (Oslo, Norway) was not only the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, but also was honored on the MAAC First Team and NSCAA First Team All-North Atlantic Region Team. Ek was a two-time Second Team All-MAAC selection (2010, 2011), and 2009 MAAC All-Rookie Team honoree. The program's all-time career (eight) and single-season (four in 2012) leader in game-winning goals, Ek also ranks tied for third in program history in goals (22) and tied for fifth in scoring (54). Ek tied for the MAAC lead in both scoring (29) and game-winning goals (four) in 2012, while ranking second in goals (12). He ranked eighth nationally averaging 1.71 points per game, and 12th in goals per game (0.71) in 2012. Ek is a member of the second winningest class in program history (33) and part of two of the four winningest seasons in program history.
A four-time MAAC Champion (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008), London (Woodbury, Minn.) had 5,356 career assists which is far and away the most in program history. The 2014 Siena Athletics Hall of Fame honoree also ranks first all-time in assists per set (11.21), service aces (221), matches played (132) and sets played (478) at the College and is fourth in attack percentage (.295). In 2008, London was a CoSIDA District I Academic All-American, the MAAC Setter of the Year, MAAC First Team and MAAC All-Tournament Team. London was also on the 2006 MAAC Second Team, after being honored as the 2005 MAAC Rookie of the Year (Seven-time MAAC Rookie of the Week) and 2005 MAAC co-Setter of the Year. Her 12.7 assists per game in 2007 are the most in a season in MAAC history, and her .295 career attack percentage is fourth highest in program history. She ranks 12th all-time with 987 career digs and 13th with 219 career blocks. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, she was on the MAAC All-Academic Team and was a MAAC Honor Roll Selection. She graduated suma cum laude with a marketing degree.