2016 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction
As members of the 1990 field hockey team anxiously awaited the arrival of their teammate, Susan Kane Hally ’90, who was being inducted into the Immaculata Athletics Hall of Fame, the anticipation and excitement was high. As a surprise to Hally, 12 of her classmates attended the induction ceremony—some flying from across the country to participate.
A stellar athlete, Hally was captain of both the field hockey and softball teams during her senior year and earned the Immaculata Senior Athlete Award. When she accepted her Hall of Fame award, she invited classmates and the members of her field hockey team to join her at the podium. It felt as if time had frozen and these women were ready to suit up and play a game.
Smiling throughout the entire evening and grateful for her teammates’ attendance in addition to her family’s, Eva Adams Atkinson ’46 relished the night in the spotlight. Seventy years ago, during her senior year, Atkinson was the captain of the IU women’s basketball team when they upset the undefeated powerhouse, the Temple Owlettes, by one point, 33-32 and broke their 31-game winning streak. That game became known as the Mythical City Championship.
The March 25, 1946 Immaculatan newspaper said, “Angelic looking Evie plays a diabolic game on the court and manages by a sort of sportsman’s jet propulsion to be exactly where she’s needed—exactly when she’s needed.”
When Traci Pensyl Rumsey ’84 accepted her award, she recounted her favorite experiences on the Mighty Macs basketball team: the frigid temperatures in January at Disney World and the gracious, ceremonial spirit she embraced while playing at the U.S. Naval Academy.
However, her greatest accomplishment was the day she received her diploma. “It was written in Latin…but I could read my name,” she recalled, laughing.
Rumsey could also read defenses. She scored 896 points and had 890 rebounds during her four years on the women’s basketball team, and she served as captain of the team in her senior year. She stated, “It doesn’t matter where basketball goes; remember that it started here.”
Sara McDermott ’04 confided to the audience that running was always something that she loved, but when she first entered college she was terrified with the thought of what would happen if she didn’t do well. As she persevered, something shifted within her. She attributes her success to the love and support that she received from her team, coach, college, and family who attended every cross country meet. The change was so dramatic that she commented, “Even now, some of our happiest memories were those early morning Saturdays in the fall when we were out on a cross country course. That was a very special time for us.”
During her playing career, McDermott earned several honors, including team MVP all four years and Immaculata’s Senior Scholar-Athlete.
In closing the ceremony, Athletics and Recreation Director Patricia Canterino ’92 spoke to the current Immaculata soccer team who volunteered to be the food servers for the evening. She said that although their coaches often tell them that they can succeed in whatever they put their mind to, it was beneficial for them to hear it from fellow Mighty Macs and to listen to their stories. These four individuals serve as a shining example of what being a Mighty Mac is all about.