Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016
Showcasing its rich history of sports excellence, Immaculata University will host its third Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, November 18, in the Great Hall on the University’s campus beginning at 5:30 p.m. Among the inductees are Eva Adams Atkinson ’46, Traci Pensyl Rumsey ’84, Susan Kane Hally ’90, and Sara McDermott ’04. These honorees were chosen by Immaculata’s Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee, made up of administrators and coaches from the University.
Eva Adams Atkinson ’46
Eva Adams Atkinson was the captain on the Mighty Macs women’s basketball team in 1946 when Immaculata achieved an unlikely victory against the Temple Owlettes, the “undefeated powerhouse” of women’s college basketball at that time in Philadelphia. Atkinson’s Mythical City Championship team broke the Owlettes’ four-year, 31-game winning streak and defeated them by one point, 33-32. It was such an upset win that Immaculata President Monsignor Francis Furey declared a campus-wide holiday the next day to revel in the victory. Atkinson was named to the 1946 All-Star College Girls’ Basketball Second Team as a guard, which followed up her receiving Honorable Mention in 1945. She played on the varsity team all four seasons at Immaculata.
Traci Pensyl Rumsey ’84
During her four years as a member of the Mighty Mac women’s basketball team, Traci Pensyl Rumsey scored 896 points and had 890 rebounds, ranking her sixth all-time in rebounds for IU. During the 1983-84 season, she was the team’s leading rebounder with 284 rebounds. Her role on the team was to be a rebounder, and with her vertical jump, she certainly fulfilled her duty. She played in 94 games during her career, and served as captain her senior season. Rumsey was a 1982-83 All-Philadelphia Area College Division Second Team pick, and in that same year was honored as a Player of the Week by the Philadelphia Sports Writers. Rumsey also played volleyball and softball during her time at Immaculata. Rumsey was an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Bangor Area High School from 1996 to 2006. In 2000, she was inducted into the Bangor Slater Athletic Hall of Fame.
Susan Kane Hally ’90
Susan Kane Hally was a two-sport athlete at Immaculata in field hockey and softball, and captain of both squads her senior season. Earning the Immaculata Senior Athlete Award in 1990, she also excelled in field hockey being named a PIAA All-Star her junior year. One of the best offensive players for the Mighty Macs’ field hockey squad, Hally was a constant threat on opposing teams to score. She racked up double-figures in both goals and assists during her four seasons. The team produced a 7-5 record her senior year in part to her leadership and scoring. On the softball field, Hally was described by her coach as one of the best all-around players. She also earned PIAA recognition in softball her junior season. Hally has spent 10 years as a soccer coach for her parish’s Catholic Youth Ministry team.
Sara McDermott ’04
One of Immaculata’s most decorated runners, Sara McDermott reached All-League status every season during her four years as a member of the Mighty Macs women’s cross country team. McDermott was honored by the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) on its First Team in 2000, 2002 and 2003. During the 2001 season, she was named to the Second Team All-PAC. She helped Immaculata to runner-up status at the 2000 PAC Women’s Cross Country Championship as she took fourth place individually. McDermott placed fifth at the 2002 PAC Championship, and she ended her Mighty Mac career with a sixth-place finish at the 2003 championship. McDermott was honored once during her career as the PAC Runner of the Week on October 16, 2000. She was the team MVP all four years, and selected as Immaculata’s Senior Scholar Athlete.
For more information about the induction ceremony, please call Janelle Cronmiller at 610-647-4400, ext. 3753. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and $500 for a table of ten.
Learn more about Immaculata’s Athletics Hall of Fame at www.immaculata.edu/halloffame.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.