LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena cross country senior Nick Cornine and senior field hockey forward Danielle DeGroot have been selected as Siena College’s Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month for October. The duo is being honored for their success both on the field and in the classroom.
"Scooter is the hardest working guy on our squad, and after the season he's had, I can't think of a better guy to get this award,” said cross country head coach John Kenworthy. “He sets the example at practice for everyone on our team, and is an great student and leader academically as well."
On the course, Cornine has finished in the top 10 in three meets this season. In October, he finished sixth at the Paul Short Run and seventh at the UAlbany Invitational. At the MAAC Championships, he was the second Saint to cross the finish line in 26th overall.
Cornine holds a 3.11 GPA in Environmental Studies. He is a two-time MAAC All-Academic Team honoree.
“"Danielle is a very consistent person who works as hard on the field as she does in the classroom, said head coach Kara Zappone. “She is very deserving of this award, and we are very proud of all she has accomplished over the last four years. Danielle is the perfect ambassador for Siena Athletics with all she represents both on and off the field."
A native of Boontown, New Jersey, DeGroot played in 13 of the 14 games for the Saints. She scored three goals and dished out two assists this season. DeGroot scored one goal in Siena’s 6-2 victory over MAAC opponent LIU Brooklyn on October 14. She then scored the only Saint goal in a 5-1 loss to MAAC opponent Bryant on October 23.
In the classroom, DeGroot boast a 3.39 cumulative GPA in accounting. She is a two-time MAAC All-Academic team honoree. In 2015, she was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) 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.