McDonogh appears poised to soar again

September 14, 1994|By Jeff Seidel and Calvin Watkins | Jeff Seidel and Calvin Watkins,Contributing Writers Rich Scherr contributed to this story.

Top-ranked McDonogh lost several key players from last year's Catholic League A Division champions, but the Eagles have more than enough talent returning to fly once more.

Laurie Schwoy is the big gun. An All-American selection as a sophomore last year, Schwoy finished with 49 goals and 21 assists. She started this year on an even faster pace, registering 12 goals and five assists in the team's first two games -- scoring eight times in the season opener.

McDonogh (19-0 last year and ranked third nationally) is going out of town a few times to play nationally ranked teams and has a difficult schedule. Still, it's hard to see anyone locally beating the Eagles.

"I don't think I'll ever have another team that good," said Maurice Boylan Jr., who coaches McDonogh with Ted Scocos. "The team's going to be different, but we're going to be good."

The Eagles, in fact, are fielding a second varsity team that will play some games in the Catholic League B Division.

Also challenging for that title will be Mount de Sales, which has nine seniors back and should improve from last year's .500 season.

Mercy, Catholic and Seton Keough should all be in the hunt for titles in Catholic League competition this fall.

Mercy (12-3 last year) has lots of talent returning, but the biggest question for the Sharpshooters is if they have enough to challenge powerful McDonogh for the A Division title. Catholic was 6-7-3 last year, but the Cubs finished strong and should fare well this fall.

Seton Keough (11-6-2 last year) took second in the B Division, but brings back nine players this year to challenge for the top spot.

In Baltimore County, coaches Kathy Schmidt of Dulaney and Lou Menegatti of Loch Raven gladly would take a repeat performance of last year.

That's when Schmidt's team went 15-2 and won the Class 3A-4A state title, and Menegatti's went 16-1 and took home the Class 1A-2A state crown.

In the 3A-4A League, look for Parkville, Perry Hall, Patapsco and Franklin to vie for the top spot, and in the 1A-2A League, Hereford, Overlea, Towson and Owings Mills should push the Raiders to the limit.

The new open state tournament playoff format should help some of the teams in the area but hurt others. Now every county team will go to the playoffs, with opponents being chosen at random until the state semifinals.

"If you're that good, you should beat everybody else and be there in the end," said Schmidt. "But I would hate to see the state championship end up where one strong team completely dominates a weaker one because the weaker team had an easy draw, but I guess it will all even out."

The goal of Baltimore City teams is to stop Western, which went undefeated last season in the league. Baltimore City enters its third year on the varsity level and there has been improvement. There are two new coaches in Southern's Pat Lee and City's Justin Parke. A lot of coaches are excited by the new open playoff format in the state tournament.

"I think the city will hold their own this season," said Patterson coach Ed Brzozowski, in reference to the state playoffs. "Several kids played in camps and played other sports so we have a lot of speed and finesse in the league."

Western and Patterson expect to control the city league with Lake Clifton closely behind. The top player in the league is only a sophomore in Western's Kerri Harman. Harman was second in the state in scoring at 73. Other top players are Lake Clifton's Kim Yeagy and Poly's Orayemi Ikusika.

The Lakers' Qianna Webb and the Clippers' Shannon Delaney should score a lot. Four teams are going with sophomore goaltenders, which might make for a lot of offense.

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