NEWBURGH – The Mount Saint Mary College Athletic Department is proud to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2022, a class that features six former standouts from six different programs. Rachel (Sleeter) Darling, Nick Findlay, Jen Gries, Owen Heath, Jen Mocanu and Rob Thompson will be formally inducted in the to the Mount’s Athletic Hall of Fame on December 9.
Rachel (Sleeter) Darling ‘14, 15 – Women’s Cross Country
Darling will be the first member of the Women’s Cross Country program to enter the Hall of Fame when she is inducted next month.
A four-year standout for the Knights on the trails, Darling earned All-Skyline Conference honors three times in her career, including First Team citations in both 2012 and 2013.
As a sophomore in 2010, Darling placed eighth at the Skyline Conference Championship Meet, leading the Knights to the first of five straight runner-up finishes at the event.
Darling went on to finish seventh at the Championship Meet in 2011, earning her first of two First Team selections and as a senior finished a career-best fourth at the Championship Meet.
Nick Findlay ‘14 – Men’s Lacrosse
Nick Findlay will be the first Men’s Lacrosse student-athlete to enter the Hall of Fame at the Mount from one of the department’s youngest programs.
Findlay was on the Mount’s first ever Men’s Lacrosse roster in 2010 and finished his career playing in 48 games and posting 175 points on the strength of 74 goals and 101 assists.
During the 2012 season, Nick set a than program record for assists in a season with 46 and points in a year with 63. He finished the season as the national leader in assists per game with 3.07 on his way to becoming the program’s first ever All-Skyline Conference selection, landing on the Second Team.
A season later, Findlay finished the season ranked eighth in the country in assists per game and rounded out his career adding 133 groundballs and 15 caused turnovers to his scoring output.
Findlay still ranks fourth all-time in program history in points (175), second in assists (101), assists per game (2.10) and points per game (3.65) and tied for seventh in goals (74).
Jen Gries ‘16 – Women’s Volleyball
Jen Gries goes into the Hall of Fame as the Mount’s all-time leader in digs, lifting 1,543 over the course of her career. Gries earned All-Skyline Conference accolades three times with the only season she did not getting cut short by injury.
As a freshman, Gries was named Second Team All-Skyline Conference after totaling 460 digs, good for 4.30 per set to go along with 43 service aces. Gries picked up another Second Team All-League citation in 2013 as a sophomore after posting 453 digs and 35 aces for the Knights.
After being limited to just six sets in 2014 due to injury, Gries was named First Team All-Skyline Conference after lifting 602 digs and posting better than five digs per set to go along with a career-high 48 service aces in 2015.
Gries finished her career at the Mount playing in 341 sets and averaged 4.52 digs per set to go along with 133 service aces and 105 assists.
Owen Heath ‘17 – Men’s Golf
Owen Heath will be the first Men’s Golf student-athlete to be inducted into the Mount Saint Mary Hall of Fame.
Heath was a three-time All-Skyline Conference selection, earning the program’s first ever All-League nod with a Second Team selection in 2013. Heath went on to be named Second Team again in 2015 and in 2016 was one of two players to earn First Team recognition, the initial First Team picks in program history.
Heath is one of just two players to break 70 in a round for the Knights and broke 70 for the first time in the program’s history with a one-under par 69 on the Red Course at Bethpage State Park on September 23, 2016.
Heath was a freshman on the program’s first roster in 2013 and completed the Skyline Conference Championship with a ninth-place overall finish as a rookie.
Jen Mocanu ‘12 – Women’s Basketball
A two-year standout for the Knights on the court, Jen Mocanu left her mark on the program by appearing in 58 games, all starts, and leading the Knights to a pair of Skyline Conference Championships and two victories in the NCAA Tournament.
Mocanu scored 925 points in just two seasons with the Knights, shooting 43.3-percent from the floor. Mocanu averaged just under 16 points per game over her two seasons in Newburgh, including 18.1 as a senior, and contributed 195 rebounds, 135 assists, 133 steals and 13 blocked shots.
Moncau was named First Team All-Skyline Conference in each of her two seasons with the Knights, including in 2010-11 when she was named the Skyline Conference Championship Most Outstanding Player and Second Team All-Met. During the 2010-11 season, Mocanu set the program record for free-throw percentage at 82.3.
As a senior, Mocanu set the program’s all-time record for free-throws made with 116 on her way to being named the Skyline Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Met Writers and First Team All-Atlantic Region by D3Hoops.com.
Combined over a four-year career, Mocanu poured in 1,501 points and averaged 15.0 points per game while shooting 41.2-percent from the floor and 76.6-percen from the free-throw line.
Rob Thompson ‘14 – Men’s Soccer
Rob Thompson becomes the third player from the Men’s Soccer program in as many years to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and was instrumental in turning the program into a perennial power in the Skyline Conference.
Anchoring the backline for the Mount over a four-year career, Thompson appeared in 74 games and made 69 starts for the Knights. He registered six goals and 12 points, scoring two goals in three of his four campaigns.
A First Team All-Skyline Conference selection as a senior following the 2013 season, Thompson led a defensive unit that allowed just 12 goals to conference opponents and helped lead the Knights to their first ever Skyline Conference Championship and berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The six member class will be formally inducted and join the ranks of former Mount Saint Mary greats on December 9 and will be recognized at halftime of the Women’s Basketball game against the City College of New York on December 10.