Lawston trying to tackle Terps, emotions when facing Maryland

Former Eastern Tech star now backup defensive end


September 27, 2001|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Anthony Lawston can't help it.

The redshirt sophomore might feel his heart beating a little faster when he takes the field for Georgia Tech against Maryland on national television Oct. 11 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

"Even though most of my family now lives in Florida, facing Maryland is always something special for me," said Lawston. "I was so geared up last year I got called for two late hits. I remember one was out of bounds on their quarterback, Shaun Hill, and the other was after a touchdown."

Lawston said Hill took the hit in stride and didn't say a word.

Lawston said he is friends with Maryland defensive lineman Durrand Roundtree (Lansdowne) and Hill. "But I don't do much talking to them," said Lawston. "I'm mostly quiet all the time. Our whole team is all business on the field."

The 6-foot-3 Lawston was a prolific wide receiver over four seasons at Eastern Tech in Baltimore County, catching 156 passes for 2,988 yards. He led Eastern to a 12-1 record his senior year and was a first-team All-Metro pick.

But he was switched to linebacker at Georgia Tech, was redshirted his first year at the school, had an outstanding redshirt freshman year as a backup linebacker, and has moved to backup defensive end this season.

"They moved me to defensive end because I weigh 240 pounds now," said Lawston, who was a 230-pound linebacker last year. "This move was no big deal. But switching from a receiver to linebacker was the biggest thing I've had to adjust to."

Rieg to rescue

If the Wake Forest volleyball team hopes to challenge for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship, former River Hill standout Amber Rieg will have to continue her outstanding play as a server and defensive specialist.

Rieg, a senior, has an .867 serving percentage and 25 digs for the Deacons, who are 6-3 and 1-1 in the ACC.

Wake Forest coach Valorie Baker has built her team with a major emphasis on defense and said, "Amber had a good spring. She shows promise in helping us build depth in our all-important defensive system."

Et cetera

Freshman Steve Davis (Calvert Hall) has proven to be a clutch performer for the York College soccer team. Davis has scored two goals, and both of them were game-winners for 6-3 York. Three other Baltimore-area players, junior Aaron McKinley (River Hill), freshman defender Justin Sparks (Calvert Hall) and freshman midfielder Jason Blotzer (Northeast) have played key roles for York.

Sophomore Mike Styczynski (River Hill) ran to a first-place finish in the third New York University Invitational in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y., last weekend. Styczynski's top finish in 26 minutes, 12.10 seconds paced 14th-ranked (Division III) Ithaca College to a second-place tie out of 37 teams.

Sophomore midfielder Katierose Riegger (Catholic High) scored both goals for 15th-ranked Elizabethtown College (Division III) in a 2-1 victory over Christopher Newport Sunday in the North Carolina Wesleyan soccer tournament. Riegger also had two assists last Wednesday in a 10-0 win over Albright, giving her the Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week honors.

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