Culbertson foots bill for W. Maryland

Ex-Gilman player helps No. 10 Green Terror as more than just a punter

State notebook


October 25, 2001|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Western Maryland punter Kevin Culbertson does not fit the stereotype of most kickers.

He doesn't avoid contact at all costs and he doesn't march to the beat of a different drummer.

Walk by any Green Terror practice and the former Gilman wide receiver can be seen fitting right in with his teammates on the field. Culbertson might be running some pass patterns or filling in at defensive back in a pinch.

What about his punting practice?

"I get that done early and then I'm ready to help out wherever I'm needed," said the 6-foot, 158-pound player who was a cornerback, wide receiver and quarterback at Gilman. "I just punt because I love it, and I've had a lot of fun kicking for this team three straight years in the NCAA tournament."

Culbertson, a senior, is leading the Centennial Conference in punting with a 38.7-yard average. He has had nine punts downed inside the 20, which is a key statistic for any punter.

"I don't get much of a chance to let one fly," said Culbertson, whose 7-1 team is headed for a fifth straight NCAA playoff berth. "We're usually moving the ball a lot and I'm needed to angle one out of bounds or drop it inside the 20."

The Green Terror is ranked No. 10 in Division III this week, thanks to an offense led by quarterback Jamie "Boo" Harris and receiver Teron Powell.

Culbertson just remains in the background of all that glitters around this team and says, "I don't worry about recognition. Just being on the team is a thrill."

Morgan's Lewis on a roll

Lee Ann Lewis rolled the first 300 game in Morgan State and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference history Saturday in the Eastern Pennsylvania-Maryland Independent Bowling Congress competition in Allentown, Pa.

Lewis, a junior, said after bowling her 12th straight strike: "There was definitely a rush. The thrill is still unbelievable, even though it was my third one. I bowled one when I was 18 in the juniors and one in practice."

Lewis touched off a celebration by her teammates, and some were fighting back tears of happiness. The entire bowling alley became silent before Lewis rolled her final ball.

Morgan finished the day with a 3-1 record, defeating Towson, Howard and Delaware State before losing to Shippensburg University.

Midshipmen on a roll

The Navy men's soccer team can take a major step toward the Patriot League tournament Saturday when it meets host Lehigh in an important league showdown.

Navy is 2-1-2 in the league and 9-1-3 overall after beating Georgetown, 1-0, Tuesday night on sophomore Matt Sanchez's fourth goal of the season. Goalkeeper Brian Steckroth recorded his eighth shutout of the year.

Brye Gerhardt leads the team in scoring with four goals and four assists.

Sea Gulls stingy

The top-seeded Salisbury women's soccer team (13-1-3) will go after a 10th straight shutout today when it meets fourth-seeded St. Mary's College at 3 p.m. in the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament in Salisbury.

Salisbury has a 33-2-5 record the past two seasons, after going to the final eight in the NCAA Division III tournament last year. Karen Tiedemann's four goals carried the Sea Gulls past Gallaudet, 11-0, in the CAC quarterfinals.

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