LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena field hockey captain Molly Hagen and men’s cross country senior Travis Fairlee have been selected as Siena College’s Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month for October. The dup is being honored for their success both in their respective sports and in the classroom.
A native of Delanson, New York, Fairlee has competed in five cross country meets this season taking a best second place finish at the Siena Short Course Twilight Meet. At the MAAC Championship, he finished the 8K in 27:12.0 and took 36th place overall. Most recently, Fairlee competed for the men’s squad that had their best team finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional when he tackled the 10K with a time of 34:58.4. Last season, he was part of the men’s group that qualified for the IC4A/ECAC Indoor Championship in the Distance Medley Relay. He has finished in eighth and ninth in the mile at the MAAC Indoor Track Championship, while finishing in eighth and fifth at the MAAC Outdoor Championships in the 1500m.
In the classroom, Fairlee holds a 3.43 cumulative GPA as an actuarial science major. He has been named to the MAAC All-Academic Team and Academic Honor Roll in each year of eligibility. Fairlee is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has completed in four separate community service events this academic year both with SAAC and with the cross country/track team.
A midfielder from Ballston Lake, New York, Hagen has appeared in 62 career games, making 48 starts. She has tallied 13 points off of three goals and seven assists. The senior has recorded three defensive saves in her four year career donning the Green and Gold. Her seven assists rank 10th in Siena career history, while her 62 games played are also ranked 10th.
Hagen boasts an impressive 3.75 cumulative GPA in accounting. She has been named to the MAAC All-Academic Team and Academic Honor Roll in each year of eligibility. Hagen has also been placed on the 2017 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.
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.