April 22, 2013
Rebecca Robinson of the water polo team and Brittany Filip of the women's tennis team are the March recipients of the Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month award. Both seniors have enjoyed great careers in their sport and in the classroom.
Robinson, a native of Sinking Spring, Pa., is an English education major who aspires to take her teaching degree and help students overseas. She had the opportunity to study abroad overseas last year while maintaining a 3.6 GPA.
"Becca has always been an outstanding student on our team, and showed a dedication to her studies," head coach Ellen Howe said. "Last semester she balanced being a captain with student teaching at the same time. This honor is well deserved."
In the pool, Robinson has appeared in 112 games, the fourth most in program history. Entering the year as the team's leading points and goal scorer, Robinson set a new career high and led the team in ejections drawn.
Filip, a native of Vestal N.Y. has maintained a 3.38 GPA including a 3.7 mark in the fall semester. Filip will be graduating in May with a degree of psychology. She will be attending SUNY Buffalo starting this fall semester in the speech therapist program.
"It is only fitting that Brittany is Siena's student athlete of the month," head coach Andy Christodoulou said. "Brittany is a senior who is recognized for her positive attitude, great work ethic and respectfulness. She is a good role model for our young team and an excellent representative of Siena College."
On the court, Filip became the first Saint in two years to win a MAAC Player of the Week award on April 2nd after posting a perfect 3-0 record on the team's Spring Break trip. She won seven total matches this season, going undefeated in No. 2- No.4 matches and spending most of the spring playing top singles.
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.