Jan. 22, 2013
Men's and women's basketball student athletes Davis Martens (Cologne, Germany) and Lily Grenci (Mars, Pa.) have been named the Leo Dufort Student Athletes for the month of December.
Grenci, a senior sociology major, has achieved a 3.85 grade point average and has also been a member Siena's prestigious 4.0 club. Grenci has been involved in many campus community events as a team representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC). She is one of just 30 Division I women's basketball student athletes selected as a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, and the first in program history.
On the court, Grenci is the reigning MAAC Player of the Week and currently ranks second in the conference in scoring with 15.4 points per game and third in rebounding with 9.0 per contest. The captain leads the Saints in several offensive categories and recently tallied a career-high 30-point performance in the Saint's win at Saint Peter's.
"I think it's a great honor to be named a Student Athlete of the Month," Grenci said. "For me, it is really important to do well in the classroom and on the court so it is great to be recognized with an honor like this."
Martens, a junior from Germany, maintains a 3.2 GPA as an economics major. He aspires to use his Siena degree to pursue a career in investment banking.
On the court, Martens is one of only five Saints to appear in every game this season, while starting three times. In his career he has played in 53 contests, averaging 7.3 minutes per outing.
"Davis is a real fine student," Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro said. "He takes his academics very seriously and has been a terrific student here every semester he's been here. I think he understands when he graduates from Siena, his degree is going to take him a long way."
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.