Basketball was the sport William B. (Bill) Astle, Jr. was best known for at Bradford Durfee College of Technology in Fall River. He was a four-year starting guard in basketball and a four-year member of the school's track team as well, setting an SNECC conference high jump (5' 10") record in 1956. In four years on the hardwood, Astle scored 1,619 points to make him the all-time leading scorer in Durfee Tech history and 10th on the UMass Dartmouth career scoring list. Twice co-captain of his team , Astle was a two-time First Team All-SNECC selection as a junior and a senior and was named a second team selection as a junior. During his senior season, Astle led his team to a 14-11 record and averaged 24.5 points per game.
Nobody ever scored more points on a basketball court for New Bedford Tech than James Gardner. During his four-year career, Gardner played in a total of 94 games, averaging 22 points per game and finishing with 2,069 career points. That figure puts him atop the all-time career scoring list in New Bedford Tech history and leaves him second only to another Hall of Fame inductee for 1996, Val Sender (2,201 pts), in UMass Dartmouth history. Gardner is also tied for first place with Steve Haynes for the all-time career scoring average (22 pts) as well. He was named to the Seafood Classic All-Tournament Team for three consecutive season from 1963 through 1965.
Swimming and softball were Janice (O'Donnell) Marshall's sports and she had outstanding careers in both sports for SMU. A three-year member of the Corsairs' softball team from 1980-82, she was the team MVP in 1981, leading the team in hits, triples, home runs, runs batted in, stolen bases, batting average and fielding percentage. The following season as team captain, she led the team in runs scored was second hits and was among the leaders in several other categories. During the 1983 season she was an assistant coach for the SMU team that captured the MAIAW championship. As a four-year swimmer and two-time team captain, she was known for her versatility. Her list of accomplishments includes freestyle records of every distance as well as backstroke events of every distance. She was also a member of all of the record setting relay teams. She qualified and swam in the national championships three times and was the first woman swimmer to qualify for nationals in an individual event.
Michelle Lussier earned four letters in track and field and set school records in heptathalon (4,461 pts) and high jump (5' 5") which still stand today. In 1982, she earned All-America honors by placing fifth at the NCAA Division III National Championship meet. Lussier was All New England, All ECAC and a National Championship qualifier in the heptathlon and high jump as a junior and senior. Her SMU teams placed 11th in '82 and 9th in '83 at the Division III National Championships.
Steve MacDonald was a four-year starter for SMU's ice hockey team. As a freshman in 1983, he earned the distinction of being one of only four players to compete in every game during a 17-5-1 ECAC Championship season. Ranked sixth on UMass Dartmouth's all-time points list with 150 points, MacDonald was a defenseman who still is at or near the top of several career statistical categories, including second in career assists with 113 in 95 games. He played for two ECAC and an ECAC North championship team. During his four season, SMU teams compiled a record of 80-13-2.
With 2,201 points scored in 106 games, Waldemar Sender is the all-time leading scorer in UMass Dartmouth basketball history. Over the course of his four years at SMU, he averaged 20.8 points per game, earning nearly every individual award available. In his first year, he earned Little East Conference (LEC) Rookie of the Year honors and over the next three seasons was an LEC First-Team All Star. In 1990 he earned LEC Tournament MVP honors. Sender was a two-time All New England first team and All Northeast selection 1989 and '91 and a second team choice in 1990. In 1991 he was a third team All America. He holds five different school records and played on SMU teams that posted a combined record of 81-32. In those four years, SMU teams captured three LEC championships and participated in the NCAA Division III tournament three times.
Four years from their first varsity soccer game, the UMass Dartmouth women earned their first invitation to the NCAA Division III tournament . In the tournament opener, the Corsairs tied with Salem State 2-2, eventually advancing on Beth Kelly's game-winning goal in sudden death penalty kicks. From there, Leanne Morris wore the hero's crown, scoring the lone goal in a pair of 1-0 wins over Keene State College and Plymouth State College. In the Final Four semi-final against host Mary Washington, Morris did it again, scoring the game-winner in a 1-0 Corsair victory. But the Corsairs' magical run through the tournament was finally halted in the title game when UMass Dartmouth was shutout 1-0 by Cortland State for the national championship.
Team members to be inducted include Coach Ray Cabral, assistant coaches Manuel Martin and Antonio Neves. Players to be inducted are Rachael Barbarossa, Marybeth Callahan, Michelle Eaton, Heather Egan, Annmarie Gagnon, Kimberly Gamache, Lisa Gomes, Mary Ellen Gregory, Elizabeth Kelly, Kristen Kyle, Beth Krumsiek, Melissa Mandracchia, Amy Melville, Leanne Morris, Kathleen Regan, Kimberly Serrecchia, Julie Smalley, Kimberly Taylor and Laura Sherman.