No. 13 McDonogh holds off Mercy

February 01, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

On the soccer field, there are few better than McDonogh forward Laurie Schwoy. Using a combination of speed and dazzling moves, the All-Metro performer can throw even the most prepared defense into a quandary.

Yesterday against visiting Mercy, the sophomore struck again.

Only this time, it was with her hands.

Schwoy scored 17 points, mostly from the outside, to complement 20 from teammate Sonia Chase as No. 13 McDonogh held off Mercy, 44-37, in a nonleague game.

The guard scored seven in the fourth quarter, helping the Eagles (13-2) rally from a two-point deficit to go ahead by as many as eight down the stretch. But the clincher came with 1 minute, 9 seconds left, when she sank an off-balance 15-footer and drew the foul to put McDonogh ahead 41-35 with a minute left.

Though she missed the foul shot, her overall offensive performance proved to be the difference in the game.

"She surprised me quite a bit," said Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion, whose team dropped to 8-7. "I didn't think Laurie would ** be lighting it up like she did.

"She hit those open shots when she had them, and that was the PTC difference."

With the Sharpshooters concentrating their defensive pressure on Chase, an All-Metro forward headed for Maryland, Schwoy was able to step up.

"I was getting open a lot," said Schwoy, whose offensive production has increased steadily throughout the season. "Teams are collapsing on [Chase] and everybody else is getting more involved."

After the Eagles jumped out to a 13-6 lead, however, it was the Sharpshooters who looked in command. Mercy, led by Christina Williamson (10) and freshman Shannon Cohen (nine), outscored McDonogh 14-7 in the second quarter to tie the game at 20 at halftime.

They then took their first lead, 28-26, on Shannon Burke's 10-footer with 7:14 left.

But down the stretch, the Eagles proved to be too much. When Chase switched back to point guard midway through the fourth, the Eagles went on a 9-0 run to open an insurmountable lead.

Schwoy contributed with a three-pointer during the stretch. For Eagles first-year coach Seth Kushkin, her newfound offensive punch has been a blessing.

l "She's really stepped up for us," said Kushkin. "She only averaged three or four points early in the year, but she's slowly worked it up. It's just confidence."

"It [scoring average] keeps getting higher and higher," Schwoy said. "I don't know what's happening."

-! Neither do opposing defenses.

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