Mount St. Mary's University has announced that five individuals will join the Mount St. Mary's Sports Hall of Fame, which will hold its induction ceremony on Saturday, February 5th.
This year's class of inductees includes Rob Herb (C' 78), Mark Southern (C '98), Will Vanjonack (C '99), Gregory Harris ('00) and Megan Gardiner (C '00).
The Hall of Fame celebration begins with a reception at 12:30 p.m. in the Dillon Field House at the ARCC. A luncheon will be served at 1:00 p.m. with the Induction Ceremony to follow. For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 301-447-5362 or click HERE.
The Hall of Fame Ceremony is part of the Mount's Winter Homecoming. After the Hall of Fame Ceremony, the Mount's women's basketball team hosts Fairleigh Dickinson at 3:00 p.m.
There will then be a Winter Homecoming Social at the Field House beginning at 6:00 p.m. At 6:45, Current Hall of Famers in attendance and the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized prior to the tip-off of the Mount's men's basketball game against Fairleigh Dickinson, scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tip.
Established in 1971 and sponsored by the National Alumni Association, the Mount St. Mary's Sports Hall of Fame acknowledges past athletes who "have exhibited athletic prowess of an outstanding nature in an intercollegiate sport." Inductees over the past years have included former members of the basketball, football, baseball, cross country, boxing, soccer, track, tennis, lacrosse, decathlon, field hockey, softball, and golf teams, as well as coaches and individuals who have contributed to the Mount's athletic program.
The late Monsignor John L. Sheridan, former president of the Mount, had the distinction of being the first athlete elected to membership into the Hall of Fame. A versatile athlete, Monsignor Sheridan was captain of the Mount basketball team and an all-Maryland football player. He graduated from the College in 1917 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1921.
Hall of Fame Inductee Bios...
Rob Herb...Herb, who played for the Mount lacrosse team from 1975-78, was a defensive midfielder. He won 55 percent of his face-offs during his Mount career, and also topped the 30-point mark for career points. He played in every game in his career and was named the team most valuable player as a senior in 1978. Team captain as a senior as well, Herb won the Kolon Award given to the student-athlete who through hard work and determination has earned the respect of his fellow athletes and coaches.
Mark Southern...Southern is the only Mount player to earn First Team All-Northeast Conference honors in each of his four seasons at the school. He is the Mount's all-time record holder in Division I with 80 points, which is fourth on the school's all-time list. Southern's 14 assists his senior season is the Mount's single-season mark and was second in the NCAA that year. He started all 72 games he played in his career and is 10th all-time at the Mount with 21 goals and is the career record holder with 38 assists.
Will Vanjonack...A two-time First Team All-Northeast Conference selection in the outfield, Vanjonack is regarded as one of the top hitters in Mount history. He finished his career with a .363 average, good for second all-time at the Mount. He is the all-time leader in slugging percentage (.688), on-base percentage (.447), is tied for seventh in doubles (34), is second in home runs (28), fourth in RBI (102) and fourth in total bases (267). He had one of the best individual seasons in MSM history as a senior, setting a school mark with a .388 average with 17 doubles, eight home runs and 35 RBI. He is also the Mount's single-season leader in on-base percentage (.489 in 1999) while his 11 home runs in 1998 are the fifth-best mark in school history.
Gregory Harris...Harris helped guide the Mount to the 1999 NCAA Tournament after averaging 17.0 points while dishing out 132 assists his senior season. He is second all-time in school history with 529 assists while his 1,760 career points are sixth on the all-time list. His 1,760 points are the second-highest mark at the Mount since the move to NCAA Division I while he is third all-time with 205 career steals.
Megan Gardiner... Gardiner was named to the NEC first team and All-Tournament team three times and earned Player of the Year honors in 1998-99. She ended her career third on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,775 points. The 1995-96 Northeast Conference Newcomer of the Year, ranks second in free throws (423), third in blocks (93), fourth in points per game (16.3), fifth in made field goals (659) and 11th in rebounds (693). Her 156 free throws in 1998-99 is a program record and she also holds the single game free throw mark with 15 made against Georgetown on Nov. 24, 1998.