McDonogh's two-time All-Metro soccer player Alison Schroeder, The Baltimore Sun's 1993 Player of the Year, has signed for a partial scholarship to play for North Carolina State University.
Schroeder, a sweeper who led the top-ranked Eagles (19-0) to the Catholic League crown, turned down a full scholarship to attend Campbell University of Buies Creek, N.C., which is within half an hour of N.C. State.
"It was a very tough decision and I contemplated it for a very long time," said Schroeder, 18, who also considered George Mason, James Madison and Virginia Tech.
"But State is in the ACC and that's the best competition that you can possibly face. And I can increase my scholarship by playing well."
Schroeder (seven goals, eight assists this season), who anchored a McDonogh defense that allowed just 12 goals and had a school-record 13 shutouts, will be in both elite and familiar company at N.C. State. Schroeder and N.C. State players Betsy Anderson (Severna Park) and Thori Staples (Joppatowne) are all former All-Metros and alumni of the seven-time state cup champ Columbia Crusaders.
"There's a girl on the team who plays on the Norwegian National team and another who plays on the Canadian National team," said Schroeder, a four-time All-Catholic League pick. "Then, of .. course, there's Thori, who plays on the U.S. National Team. Being around that kind of competition is a plus."
Schroeder (20 goals, 16 assists in three years) plans to major in special education and preferred the school's location in the Raleigh area.
"It will give me a chance to work in hospitals and care centers," Schroeder said. "I'm very excited about it. We'll play one game up here at Maryland, so it will be cool to come home."