LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Women's soccer senior captain Taylor Booth and cross country sophomore Kelly Pasko have been named Siena College's Leo Dufort November Student Athletes of the Month. The duo has been honored for continuing to excel both on the field and in the classroom.
A native of Epping, N.H., Booth recently concluded her stellar career on the field on a high note. She was tabbed the MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year this fall as well as a First Team All-MAAC selection. She appeared in 59 matches making 57 starts in goal during her four seasons for the Saints. She graduates ranking third all-time in program history in shutouts (15), tied for fourth in both wins (22) and saves (277) and fifth in goals against average (1.25). In the classroom she possesses a 3.5 cumulative GPA while majoring in sociology with a minor in international studies and is working towards a certificate in community development. Booth has been named to the MAAC All-Academic Team in each of the past two seasons.
Pasko, who hails from Castleton, N.Y., has racked up the accomplishments both on and off the course already in just two short years donning the Green and Gold. Following her freshman season, she was named a Junior All-American after running to a ninth place finish at the Junior Women's National 6K race last February. This fall, she came back from an early season injury to run in the lead group for a women's cross country team which posted its best finish at the MAAC Championships in seven years. A marketing major, Pasko currently possesses a 3.54 cumulative GPA.
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.