By Jason Rich ’98
Siena’s remarkable run of Senior CLASS Award candidates continued this spring when lacrosse star Danny Martinsen ’13 and softball standout Shannon Jones’ 13 each made the prestigious list in their sport.
Siena’s six Senior CLASS Award candidates in 2012 tied for the third most nationally, trailing just Duke and Notre Dame. 2013 is off to a great start.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
Martinsen is the fifth men’s lacrosse player at Siena to be considered for the honor. Brent Herbst ’10 was the College’s first-ever candidate in 2010 and John Rogener ’11 earned recognition in 2011. Last season, both Tom Morr ’12 and Bryan Neufeld ’12 were named candidates with Morr becoming the first student athlete in school history to later be named one of ten finalists for the award.
The MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, Martinsen was a First Team All-MAAC and All-MAAC Tournament Team selection last season. As a junior, he ranked second in the MAAC in both scoring (62) and assists (29) and was tied for fourth in goals.
A native of nearby Troy, N.Y., Jones is the first softball player in school history, and one of just six from the East to be a candidate for the prestigious award this year. The reigning MAAC Player of the Year, she is the most accomplished player in program history. She led the conference in six different categories as a junior: batting average, home runs, hits, runs, total bases and slugging percentage. She was also tied for the MAAC lead in runs batted in and doubles. She holds a 3.53 GPA in biology and is the vice president of Siena’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee.