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The Sun Remembers: March 17-23

March 21, 2006: Their 30th basketball victory, a team record, sends the Maryland women to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. Sophomore center Crystal Langhorne scores 30 points as the third-ranked Terps stop St. John's, 81-74, in State College, Pa., en route to their first national championship.

March 22, 1980: Rutgers upsets second-ranked Maryland, 9-8 in men's lacrosse. It's the Terps' first regular-season loss since 1975 to any school other than Johns Hopkins.

March 18, 1975: "They made us look pretty dumb," Loyola men's lacrosse coach Jay Connor says after the Greyhounds fall, 31-3, to Washington College. The Shoremen score the first 17 goals, and coach Don Kelly clears the bench by game's end.

March 21, 1969: The Bullets clinch the NBA Eastern Division title, becoming the first NBA team in 13 years to go from last place to first in successive seasons. Earl Monroe's 41 points lead Baltimore's 115-103 victory over the host Chicago Bulls.

March 20, 1968: On the final day of the NBA's regular season, Bullets rookie Monroe scores 46 points in a 137-119 loss to the visiting Philadelphia 76ers — and then learns that he has been classified 4-F by his Philadelphia draft board.

March 17, 1962: In overtime, Mount St. Mary's wins the NCAA College Division basketball championship, 58-57 over Sacramento State. Free throws by Ed Pfeiffer and Dick Talley give the Mountaineers (24-6) the title, and the winners' Jim Phelan is named Small College Coach of the Year.

March 22, 1957: Johns Hopkins names Wilson Fewster head football coach, replacing John Bridgers, who left to become an assistant coach with the Baltimore Colts. Fewster, 30, a lacrosse All-American at Hopkins and the school's former stick coach, will run the football program until 1965.

March 19, 1945: The Orioles, defending International League and Junior World Series champions, begin spring practice at Gilman School with a wartime squad of 14 players. With no catchers on hand, manager Tommy Thomas warms up the pitchers, using a raggedy mitt stuffed with a handkerchief for padding.

March 17, 1895: Orioles catcher Wilbert Robinson, captain of the National League champions, runs three miles at dawn at the team's training site in Macon, Ga. Returning to the hotel, soaked in sweat, the pudgy Robinson seeks out manger Ned Hanlon to show off his workout. "You can't fool me," Hanlon says. "You've been in your room, pouring water over your head."

Birthday

March 23, 1943: Lee May, former Orioles slugger whose 109 RBIs led the American League in 1976. In six years with the Birds, May hit 123 home runs and mentored his replacement at first base, a young Eddie Murray.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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