LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena soccer captains Michele Tremblay of the women’s squad and Milorad Sobot from the men’s team have been named Siena College’s Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month for September. The pair is being honored for their success both on the field and in the classroom.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Sobot was named a Preseason All-MAAC selection after being heralded as a 2016 Second Team All-MAAC honoree. The Saints’ back has started each of the team’s 10 matches to date, and has appeared in 60 matches (57 starts) throughout his career while totaling 10 points and logging more than 5,200 minutes. Sobot has been elected a team captain three times.
Sobot carries a 3.51 cumulative grade point average while pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Finance. Named a MAAC All-Academic Team and Academic Honor Roll selection in each year of eligibility. He has served as a “Saints Supporting Saints” tutor since last fall while also working as a telephone interviewer for the past two and a half years. He is a member of the inaugural “Saints Leadership Academy,” and has served as the treasurer for the International Student Association for the past two and a half years. In the community, Sobot has been an active and engaged participant in numerous Siena Athletics “Saints in the Community” initiatives throughout his four years. Along with his teammates, he has cooked meals at the local Ronald McDonald House, volunteered on several occasions with the Albany Police Athletic League (PALS) programs, and served at the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, just to name a few.
A native of Goffstown, New Hampshire Tremblay too was tabbed a Preseason All-MAAC selection after earning First Team acclaim last fall. The Saints’ midfielder has started all 12 of the team’s matches to date this fall while totaling eight points on a goal and six assists. For her career, Tremblay has seen action in 71 matches (66 starts) scoring 36 points, and currently ranks tied for eighth in program history with 16 assists.
Tremblay maintains a stellar 3.81 cumulative GPA while majoring in psychology and minoring in health studies. Named to Siena Athletics’ “4.0 Club” after achieving a perfect GPA during the Spring 2016 semester, she was inducted into both the Pi Gamma Mu (Social Science) and Psi Chi (Psychology) International Honor Societies last spring. Tremblay has also been an active participant in the community. Most notably, she recently helped organize an American Red Cross Blood Drive and the First Annual Thomas Ducharme Recognition at the Saints’ match last weekend to honor her late uncle who was killed when he was struck by a car while jogging last fall. The recognition match raised $2,000 in his memory for the TOPSoccer program.
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.