COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s lacrosse family is mourning the loss of C. Rennie Smith ’55, who passed away Sunday, May 13, after a long illness.
The Smith family will have a celebration of his life at Galway Bay on Maryland Avenue Friday, May 18, beginning at 2 pm.
A 2009 inductee into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame, Smith was a three-time USILA All-American and the 1954 recipient of the Jack Turnbull Memorial Award as the nation’s most outstanding attackman.
Smith (#19 in the picture above) finished his career (1952-55) as the Terps’ all-time leader in points with 128 – a mark that was broken the following year by teammate, Charles Wicker. Despite playing significantly less games, Smith remains 29th all-time on Maryland’s career points list. He also finished his career as the program’s assists leader (73), and remains in the top-20 to this day.
As a senior co-captain in 1955, Smith led the Terps to their first undefeated season in history en route to capturing the USILA National Championship. He helped kickstart an incredible streak of 31 consecutive victories for the program from 1954 to 1957 – the longest win streak in program history.
Smith was also an assistant coach for the Terrapins from 1960-76, helping lead the Terps to three national titles: 1967, 1973 and 1975.
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