Oct. 1, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Soccer senior captains James Beeston and Brittany Pfaff have been named Siena College's Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month representing September. The duo has epitomized the honor by excelling both on the field and in the classroom.
A native of Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England, Beeston is one of just 30 candidates nationally for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. In the classroom he possesses a 3.6 cumulative GPA while majoring in English and minoring in Business. Beeston has been named to either the Siena College President's List or Dean's List in all six of his collegiate semesters to date.
On the pitch, Beeston led the MAAC in assists during both his freshman and junior seasons and is on pace to break the Saints' all-time career record for assists. Siena College's Male Rookie of the Year in 2010, Beeston was named a First Team All-MAAC, MAAC All-Tournament Team and NSCAA All-North Atlantic Third Team selection last fall.
A Psychology major from Charlotte, Vt., Pfaff has maintained a 3.34 cumulative GPA. She has been named to both the MAAC All-Academic and Academic Honor Roll teams each of the past two seasons.
On the field, she has gotten off to a tremendous start to her senior season. As of Oct. 1, she had already been named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week three times and led the conference while ranking in the top-10 nationally in both scoring (24) and goals (10). Following her freshman season, she was named Siena College's Female Rookie of the Year and a MAAC All-Rookie Team selection after helping guide the Saints to the program's first MAAC Championship.
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.