South River's Nye has nary a critic Quiet leader: Amy Nye stays in the background, but her lacrosse and academic abilities do not go unnoticed by those closest to her and will probably help her get into Brown University.

April 04, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

South River's Jess Marion (left) was incorrectly identified as teammate Amy Nye in some editions of The Sun yesterday. Take a close look at Amy Nye's accomplishments on and off the lacrosse field at South River High and it's kind of amazing how she has remained in the background so long.

Nye, a senior defenseman who Nye took only 23 shots last season but scored 20 goals, has excelled enough academically and athletically that she is close to being accepted into prestigious Brown University. She is considered almost a lock to make the Chesapeake Schoolgirl national team this year, has the ability to play hurt and has a coach's mentality on the field.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about what an unbelievable athlete and person Amy Nye is," said South River coach Paula Tobin. "She is an exceptional young lady at all times, whether she's competing or not."


On the lacrosse field last year, Nye played with a broken wrist against Broadneck but still made the Seahawks' transition game tick in an 11-9 upset of the Bruins.

It was Nye who was getting the ball to high profile teammates Megan Riley and Jess Marion.

Being on the same team with the explosive Riley and the gifted Marion might explain why Nye has been overshadowed. But there is another reason.

"I like to play a supportive role and make other people look better," said Nye. "It's nice to step back and watch the play develop. Anyway, I'm not as fast as Jess."

But she's fast enough. Nye's mother and South River assistant coach the past five years, Millie Beall, said her daughter has a special knack for sprinting 50 yards on the lacrosse field.

"She comes out of third home, busts through the middle of the field and makes good things happen," said Beall. "She's a defensive player and not supposed to be able to shoot like that [20 of 23 last year]. She's been in the shadows of two flamboyant players."

Every now and then Beall said she wonders if she made a mistake in not encouraging her daughter to play attack instead of defense.

"You do wonder what she might have done on offense," said Beall. "But Amy is so unselfish and loves being a supporting player. She is an outstanding leader and works well with others."

However, Beall did admit that on a few occasions her daughter gets a little "ticked off" for not being recognized for making an outstanding pass or play that sets up Marion or another teammate for a goal.

"But she quickly gets over it by saying 'I chose defense,' " said Beall.

Nye played offense through the little leagues before agreeing to switch at South River because Tobin needed her on defense.

"Amy and Jess were both 8 years old when they started playing lacrosse in my front yard," said Beall. "Amy's always been an athlete. I had her in the gym with me when she was 2 years old."

Nye has played soccer, basketball, indoor track and lacrosse at South River and played AAU basketball.

"All through middle school I thought I would play basketball," said Nye. "Our AAU team was 48-0 and I loved basketball. But basketball wasn't too much fun at South River because our team wasn't very good, so I went out for indoor track [50-yard dash and shot put] to improve my speed and strength for lacrosse."

The prospect of playing lacrosse at Brown has Nye excited, especially since coach Carolan Norris is bringing her squad to Maryland next spring to play the Terps and Loyola College.

In the classroom at Brown, Nye will chose between psychology and journalism.

"She'll give 150 percent every day to whatever she does," said Tobin. "I think it's a great achievement for her to be on the brink of receiving such a super financial package from Brown. The school doesn't give out athletic scholarships, but they have other outstanding financial programs."

Nye prepared for Brown by attaining a 3.7 grade-point average at South River, being a member of the National Honor Society, co-editor of the yearbook and second vice-president of the Student Government Association and developing home pages for Oxbow on the World Wide Web.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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