One of the best lines during the sixth Suffolk University Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony came from recipient Dan Florian.
While addressing the audience, he looked over to former basketball teammate and 1,000-point scorer Tom Carey, whose wife, Erin Pagel, was inducted into this year’s class for her superlative skills on the softball field.
“Well, Tom,” said Dan, with tongue in cheek, “how does it feel to be the second best athlete in your own family?”
Five record-setting Rams and one perfect team were honored with induction into the 2016 Hall of Fame Class during a feel-good event where they shared memories that will last a lifetime.
“I remember when I played baseball here (1983-86),” recalled Hall of Famer Larry Chabre. “Unlike teams now that go to Florida, we had our spring training down the Cape – in February.”
Knowing laughter erupted throughout the crowd.
The members of the Class of 2016 Hall of Fame are:
- Erin (Pagel) Carey: As one of the most dominant softball players to ever wear blue and gold, she led her team to three consecutive winning seasons.
- Larry Chabre: Known around campus as “Mr. Baseball,” he was a multi-talented and all-around performer, both at bat and in the field.
- Jay Crowley: The 6-foot-8 shooting guard, a four-year varsity player, scored 1.332 points, securing 10th place on the all-time hoops scoring list.
- Dan Florian: The model student-athlete excelled on the basketball court (a member of the 1,000-point club) and in the classroom.
- Sean O’Driscoll: The standout hockey player finished his career with 175 points (73 goals and 102 assists), the third highest total in school history.
- 2007 Women’s Tennis Team: After finishing the season with a perfect 14-0 record, the team won the league’s championship crown and an NCAA appearance.
“When you look at the history of Suffolk University athletics, each of these tremendous individuals – and our celebrated team – are etched throughout some of our biggest moments,” said Director of Athletics Cary McConnell. “The five honorees and the 2007 women’s tennis team have made a significant impact on the University, not only during their tine in blue and gold, but also as they continue to make Suffolk proud in their professional careers today.”