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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for March 3-9

March 5, 1999: Maryland’s top-ranked women’s lacrosse team manages an 8-5 win over Duke in College Park. Quinn Carney (three goals) and Jen Adams (two goals, three assists) lead the four-time defending national champs, who survive a 27-minute scoring drought in the second half.

March 7, 1976: Loyola’s 15th consecutive victory is a 59-55 defeat of Mount Saint Joseph for the Catholic League basketball championship at UMBC. The winners, now 24-5, are led by stars Tony Guy and Pete Budko (14 points each) and unheralded Brian Plunkett (19).

March 3, 1965: Though trailing after one quarter, the Bullets set a club scoring mark in a 151-108 NBA rout of the Cincinnati Royals before an announced 9,157 at the Civic Center. Six Baltimore players score in double figures, led by 6-foot-11 Walt Bellamy (32 points) and Don Ohl (27).

March 6, 1954: The Orioles mark their return to the American League with a 13-5 exhibition win in Mesa, Ariz., over the Chicago Cubsesa, Az. Dick Kryhoski and Jim Fridley homer for Baltimore, which gets 15 hits.

March 7, 1942: With Maryland Gov. Herbert O’Conor in the stands, Loyola College beats Western Maryland, 42-33, at Evergreen to win the Mason-Dixon Conference basketball championship. Greyhounds forward Franny Bock (12 points) leads all scorers.

March 4, 1939: Maryland’s unbeaten boxing team stops previously undefeated Army, 4½ to 3½, at Ritchie Coliseum in College Park. Frank Cronin (Bel Air), the Terps’ 155-pounder who never boxed before his senior year, remains unbeaten. Cronin will later coach Maryland’s golf team for 28 years, including a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference title in 1964.

March 9, 1922: Loyola defeats City, 30-3, holding the losers to three free throws to win the Baltimore City high school basketball championship. Jack Cummings, a 6-foot-3 center, scores 16 points for the Dons (19-0), who have outscored opponents 917-210.

March 6, 1914: At their spring training site in Fayetteville, N.C., the Orioles are challenged to a basketball game by a local high school team and win, 8-6. “(Ensign) Cottrell, (Ernest) Lidgate and (Babe) Ruth starred for the Birds,” The Sun writes. “These men had played the game before and made some fine passes.”

Birthday

March 4, 1939: “Fat Jack” Fisher, a Frostburg native and right-handed pitcher who, with the Orioles, surrendered Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams’ final career home run in 1960 and, a year later, Roger Maris’ 60th homer, enabling the New York Yankees slugger to tie Babe Ruth’s single-season record.

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