February 7, 2013

40 For 40 - Mount Women In Sports Celebration: Part IV

EMMITSBURG, Md. - In the week after Mount St. Mary's announced its newest class to the Hall of Fame, the Mount takes a look at the final eight of 30 women in the Mount Hall of Fame, including its two newest female members.

Rebecca Lovett (1977-82), Jennifer Dougherty (1979-83), Chris Curley Thomas (1979-83), Zena Edwards (1985-89), Amy Langville (1993-97), Nicole Schroyer Gehret (1993-97), Rebecca Wassner (1993-97) and Christy Wicks Casler (1993-97) each enjoyed Hall of Fame careers at the Mount. Gehret and Casler were enshrined as the two newest members over the weekend.

Lovett was the the second women inducted into the Hall of Fame after a standout career on the women's basketball team. Lovett,a local product from Gettysburg, Pa., is the only player to average a double-double for her career at 14.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. She is the all-time career leader in rebounds (1,118) and rebounds per game (10.3) while ranking fourth in field goals (684), fifth in points (1,582) and eighth in points per game (14.5). Lovett holds the single-season record with 312 rebounds and a 14.2 rebounds per game average for the 1977-78 season while also holding the third (306, 1979-80) and sixth-most (290, 1978-79) rebounds while her rebounds per game average also ranks fifth (11.3, 1979-80) and 10th (9.7, 1978-79) on the single-season chart. Lovett scored the second-most points in a single game after posting 43 against Bowie State on Feb. 8, 1978 and is one of five players to grab 20 rebounds in a game, but she is the only player to accomplish the feat twice and holds the single-game record with 23 caroms against Bowie State on Dec. 3, 1979. Lovett paced the team in points and rebounds for three seasons and was the first player in team history to reach the 1,000-point plateau after scoring 18 points agains George Washington on Jan. 29, 1980. Playing for the first three head coaches in team history, the Mount posted a 100-43 record in her five seasons and she helped the Mount to the NCAA Division II in 1981-82.

Dougherty is one of two players from the field hockey team in the Mount Hall of Fame. The field hockey team posted a 31-12-5 record in her four seasons, including posting a school-record 13 victories in her senior campaign. Dougherty was named to the All-Maryland team in 1981 and 1982 and then earned a Division II Region All-South selection in her final season.  The Mount was ranked ninth in the Mid Atlantic Region in 1980 after posting a 9-2-3 record before finishing second in the the Maryland Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Tournament. The squad the top-ranked team in the region and participated in the national postseason for the first time in team history. In her senior year, Dougherty had two goals and five assists for seven points to rank third on the team. The Mount was ranked ninth in Division II in 1982 and the Mount hosted the AIAW Division II Eastern Regionals, but lost to the defending national champion Gettysburg 2-1 in the first round.

Thomas participated in the NCAA Championships as a distance runner on the track and field team. She still holds the program record in the 5000-meter run with her time of 17:27.66 in 1982 while ranking third in the 3000-meter run (10:04.5, 1982) and 10th in the 1500-meter run (4:44.7, 1982). Thomas has six rankings in the Top-10 in program history for the indoor season, including holding the program record in the 3000-meter run (10:05.31). She also ranks fifth for the mile run (5:06.9), fifth in the 800-meter run (2:17.1), fifth in the 5000-meter run (18:21.3), fifth in the sprint-medley relay and seventh in the 1000-meter run (3:01.7).

Edwards will go down as one of the best two-sport athletes in Mount history. Edwards is the best pitcher ever to don a softball uniform and holds the program record for career wins (46), winning percentage (.687) and earned run average (1.11) while ranking second in strikeouts (391), fifth in innings pitched (461.2) and ninth in games pitched (69). The Mount went 49-24 in her three seasons on the diamond and she recorded a decision in 67 of the 73 games. Edwards also played four years on the Mount women's basketball team and finished her career with 1,416 career points. She ranks eighth in career points, third in field goal percentage (.543) and sixth in field goals made (614). She is one of nine players to score 500 points in a season and her 500 points in 1988-89 ranks 10th in team history while her 19.2 points per game average is seventh and her 55.6 percent field goal percentage from that season is fourth on the single-season chart. Edwards was the seventh player in team history to reach 1,000 points in her career.

Langville and Gehret arrived on the Mount campus just in time to help the Mount women's basketball team to two NEC Tournament titles, two NCAA Division I Tournament appearances and three NEC regular season titles in their four seasons. The duo helped the Mountaineers to an 85-32 overall mark and a 59-13 record in the league.

Langville ranks 17th in program history in career points (1,190) at the Mount, fourth in assists (513), fourth in assists per game (4.9), sixth in games started (97), sixth in 3-pointers (104), eighth in steals (228) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.342). She made 14 free throws against American on Dec. 31, 1995,the sixth-best mark in team history. Langville is one of four players in program history to post a double-double with points and assists after registering 20 points and 11 assists against Rider on Feb. 15, 1997. She averaged 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while dishing out 153 assists in 1995-96 to earn NEC Player of the Year honors. Named to the All-Newcomer team as a freshman, she also was named to the All-NEC second team as a sophomore before finishing her career with a pair of first-place nods in her final two seasons. In addition to her exploits on the court, Langville was named the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in1996-97.

Gehret, one of the newest members of the Mount Hall of Fame, ranks 20th in points (1,115) and fifth in games started (101) while registering 505 rebounds, 334 assists and 191 steals in her four seasons. She was named the NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player in her sophomore year after posting 40 points and 22 rebounds in the three-game tournament, including 12 points and six rebounds in the NEC Championship Game. Gehret was the 14th player in team history to reach 1,000 points in her career and recorded a career-high 26 points in her final home game of her career against Robert Morris.

Wassner was a four-year letterwinner on the Mount cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams. She holds 10 times on the program's all-time list ranging from the 1000-meter run to the 10,000-meter run. She helped the Mount to three-straight indoor titles in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and was named the NEC Outdoor Track & Field Outstanding Performer for the 1997 meet.  

Casler in the Mount women's soccer all-time career leader in goals (24), assists (22) and points (77) and she led the team to its only three NEC Tournament appearances in program history. She bursted onto the scene in her freshman year when she notched a program-record 10 goals and 10 assists for 30 points, including posting a team-record four goals against Drexel and a team-record three assists against Robert Morris . Casler was the first Mount women's soccer player to earn All-NEC honors in her junior campaign. 

The 2012-13 academic year marks the 40th anniversary of the first year women were allowed to enroll at the Mount. Prior to 1972, Mount St. Mary's was an all-male college. It is also the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Mount St. Mary's will be celebrating Women In Sports during the basketball doubleheader against Central Connecticut State on Feb. 16. During the five weeks leading up the celebration, the Mount will honor and look back on the careers of 40 former student-athletes that have left their mark in athletics at Mount St. Mary's or after graduation. Make sure that you check out the Mount's 40 for 40 series against next week when the Mount unveils eight more honorees.

Also check out the special Mount Athletics Facebook page entitled Mount St. Mary's Women In Sports.

Rebecca Lovett  

Jennifer Dougherty  

Chris Anderson Thomas  

Zena Edwards  

Nicole Schroyer Gehret  

Christy Wicks Casler