February 15, 2013

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

EMMITSBURG, Md. - In our final installment of the Mount St. Mary's Women In Sports 40-for-40 Celebration, the Mount will take a look at eight women that had outstanding careers in a Mount uniform over the last decade.

Katie Holahan (1999-02), Naomi Campano Radio (2001-04), Kelly Nangle (2002-06), Shannon Prettyman (2002-06), Mandy Jenkins (2003-07), Dita Krumberga (2004-07), Maggie O'Connell Dubois (2006-10) and Aly Jost (2007-11) each had great careers at the Mount and could join the 30 Mount Hall of Famers in the hall in the future.

Holahan played four years on the Mount women's soccer team and posted nine goals and six assists for 24 points in her career in Emmitsburg. She posted three goals and two assists for eight points as a freshman and then recorded a career-best four markers and three assists for 11 points in her second season. Halohan then posted two tallies and one assist for five points in 2001. She continued to work in athletics after graduation with the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Radio was a two-sport athlete at the Mount, playing on the Mount women's soccer and women's lacrosse teams. While she had a great career on the soccer pitch, Radio will be remembered for her play in between the pipes on the lacrosse field. After never playing a lacrosse game or seeing many matches for that matter prior to her sophomore year, Radio joined the women's lacrosse team as a sophomore only to become the greatest women's lacrosse goalkeeper in team history. She left the Mount as the program's all-time career leader in saves (770), minutes played (4342.50) and wins (41) while also holding four of the Top-10 spots for saves in a season, including a program-record 225 in 2004. She was named to the All-NEC second team in her second season and then picked up All-NEC first-team nods in her final two campaigns, including the NEC Player of the Year and NEC Tournament MVP in 2004. The Mount went 45-31 in her four seasons and won the NEC regular season and tournament titles in 2004 and 2005 to earn a berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Along with her exploits on the field, Radio was also an outstanding student. She earned the NEC Scholar Athlete Award in her final two seasons and was also recognized national for her work in the class room.

Nangle came to the Mount to play both soccer and lacrosse, but along with Radio helped anchor those great Mount women's lacrosse teams. She was named to the All-NEC second team on defense in 2002, 2003 and 2005 before earning a first-team nod in her senior campaign. Despite missing the 2004 season due to injury, Nangle was a vocal leader for the Mount during its championship run and then returned for the 2005 season to be a major factor on that championship team. Nangle ranks second in team history in ground balls (204), fourth in caused turnovers (116) and 16th in draw controls (65) while her 49 caused turnovers in 2002 is the second-best mark on the single-season charts. The Mount went 52-42 overall and 26-12 in league in her tenure at the Mount. After graduation, Nangle went into coaching and was named the NEC Coach of the Year at Central Connecticut State last season and her team was picked fourth in the NEC Preseason Coaches Poll this year.

Prettyman recorded a lot of first for the Mount women's golf team in her time at the Mount. She was the first player to finish in the Top-18 at the NEC Championships to become the first player in team history to earn a flag with her 12th-place standing at the 2005 championships. Prettyman was also the first women's golfer in team history to be named the NEC Player of the Week. She earned two medalist honors and finished second twice in her career while her career scoring average still ranks seventh in program history.

Jenkins might go down as one of the best pole vaulters in program history. She dominated the NEC pole vault  during her four seasons, winning the indoor pole vault title all four season and winning the event in the outdoor season in her final three campaigns. Jenkins holds the pole vault standard for both the indoor and outdoor seasons in team history. Just like Radio, Jenkins was a standout in the classroom as well and was named to the CoSIDA DIstrict II first-team for three year and was also a CoSIDA Academic All-American in her senior year.

Krumberga joined the Mount women's basketball team as a sophomore in 2004-05 to become the second international player in team history. She scored 525 points in her final season, which ranks seventh on the single-season charts and recorded the 22nd-most points in her career with 1,074. She was named to the All-NEC first team for her outstanding senior season at the Mount. Krumberga is also the only female Mount athlete to participate in the Olympics when she was a member of the Latvia women's basketball team in 2008. 

Dubois was a member of the first women's swimming recruiting class in program history and just like Prettyman produced a lot of first for the program in the pool. Dubois was the first women's swimmer in program history to race in a final at the NEC Swimming & Diving Championships in 2007. She placed fifth in the 100 fly, seventh in the 100 fly and eighth in the 100 and 200 fly in her four-year career. She was also named the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior.

Keeping in the women's lacrosse defense tradition is Jost, who was named to the All-NEC first-team all four years of her career. She was selected as the NEC Defensive Player of the Year in her sophomore and senior campaigns. Jost ended her career fifth in career caused turnovers (116), seventh in career ground balls (175) and 11th in draw controls (85). Her 49 draw controls in 2011 ranks fifth on the single-season chart. Jost was a member of four teams that participated in the NEC Tournament and advanced to the NEC Championship Game in her senior year. She was also named the NEC Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete as a senior. 

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 Saturday. During the five weeks leading up the celebration, the Mount honored 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. 

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

Make sure you check out the interviews with Naomi Campano Radio and Kelly Nangle below:

Naomi Campano Radio  

Kelly Nangle