June 28, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena baseball junior closer Neil Fryer and softball senior outfielder Mandy Ferro have been named Siena College's Leo Dufort Student Athletes for the Month of May. Both student athletes have continued to excel both on and off the field for their respective programs.
A local product from Greenwich, N.Y., Fryer is Siena's all-time saves king with 17. This spring he tied a program single-season record with eight saves, helping guide the Saints to the MAAC Championship Round. Overall, he posted a 3.72 ERA encompassing 23 appearances this spring.
In the classroom, Fryer is a two-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection. He currently possesses a 3.43 cumulative GPA while majoring in Accounting.
"Neil is a very hard worker on and off the field and has been a major contributor to our program," said baseball head coach Tony Rossi.
Ferro too is a local product who hails from nearby Clifton Park, N.Y. She hit .322 this spring and tied for the team lead in runs scored (39), stolen bases (six) and walks (21) as the Saints captured their first-ever MAAC Regular Season Title. A Second Team All-MAAC selection, she graduates ranking second in program history in runs scored (105), third in doubles (35) and fourth in both hits (161) and stolen bases (27).
A member of Siena's 4.0 Club, Ferro was a MAAC All-Academic Team selection. She graduated last month from Siena College with her degree in History after accumulating a 3.48 GPA.
"In the classroom, Mandy was outstanding because of the commitment she made to academics since her first day on campus," commented softball head coach Bill Lajeunesse. "On the softball field she excelled because of her desire to be the best player she could and finished her Siena career with an outstanding senior season and All-MAAC Second Team award."
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.