June 6, 2007
Loudonville, N.Y. - Siena College men's soccer co-captain Liam Welsh was selected as the MAAC's male representative for the 2006-07 NCAA Sportsmanship Award. Welsh, an All-League performer, appeared in all 18 games for the Saints last season and finished second on the team in points.
Welsh has proved himself as a true leader by demonstrating good sportsmanship and ethical behavior on and off the playing field. Over three seasons with the Saints, the 2004 MAAC Rookie of the Year has started 51-of-53 appearances.
The Saints' junior midfielder has devoted countless hours to giving back to the local community. He is actively involved in the Siena athletic department's `Saints in the Community' initiative. As part of this initiative, Welsh participates on a weekly basis in the St. Casmir physical education program. In this role, Welsh assists in teaching youth values of sport and the importance of education.
Additionally, Welsh has volunteered his time at the Ronald McDonald House of Charities in Albany, as well as, serving as a volunteer soccer instructor for the Special Olympics of New York.
Academically, Welsh has maintained a 3.13 grade point average majoring in Marketing and Management. He was named to the Siena College Dean's List on two occasions.
To be considered for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award, a nominee must have continently demonstrated good sportsmanship and ethical behavior in his/her daily participation in intercollegiate athletics. In addition, the student-athlete must demonstrate good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting, and remain in good academic standing.