1995 All-Baltimore City/County soccer teams

November 22, 1995

Player of the Year

Laurie Schwoy, McDonogh, senior, forward: The end of Schwoy's career marks the end of an era in local girls soccer. No one has ever dominated the game around here the way Schwoy has over the past four years. Even before the 1995 accolades were handed out, Schwoy already had been an All-American, The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year, All-Metro twice and Catholic League Player of the Year twice. She led the Eagles to two Catholic League titles, a national ranking as high as No. 3 and a 74-6-5 record in her four years. The striker scored 188 goals and 78 assists and was shut out only three times. This year, Schwoy missed the only two games of her high school career with torn cartilage in her knee, but she came back to score 42 goals and 20 assists while leading the No. 4 Eagles

(17-3-2) to the Catholic League semifinals. Marked sometimes by as many as three players, she still found a way to score in all but two games this season. What makes Schwoy uncomparable is a combination of incredible finesse and an unmatched determination. "You need to be greedy and you need to have an attitude," said McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan Jr. "That's what I like about Laurie. She's self-driven to a fault. She has a nose for the goal, a load of God-given talent and a drive unmatched by any other player." That intensity together with her talent drew a full scholarship from North Carolina, which has won 13 of the past 14 NCAA women's soccer titles. That puts Schwoy in elite company. Only three other players -- Mia Hamm, Christine Lilly and Tisha Venturini -- have received full scholarships to Carolina, and all went on to be national collegiate players of the year. "She's one in a million, a player in a lifetime," said Boylan. "That's what she's meant to this program. There'll never be another Laurie."

Coach of the Year

Jerry Dieter, Catholic: In his silver anniversary of coaching girls soccer, Dieter guided the No. 11 Cubs to their best overall record (12-5-4) and the Catholic League A Conference Tournament championship. With an overwhelming defense that compiled 12 shutouts, the Cubs allowed only two goals in the three-game tournament to beat Spalding, Mercy and John Carroll, 2-1, in overtime for the title. Early in the season, Dieter thought he had plenty of talent with a roster full of club players, but with only two seniors and 10 underclassmen, he also thought the Cubs might be a little young to make a run at the tournament title. "I thought we might have a decent year but nothing like it turned out. These girls are winners. They wouldn't be denied," said Dieter, who has coached the Cubs for five years and also gives credit to his son and assistant Jason Dieter, who plays for the Spirit. The Cubs started off by winning the Christine Doerfler Memorial Preseason Tournament, but not until they scored early-season wins over St. Mary's and Mercy and then tied John Carroll did Dieter think the Cubs might be in for a big year. It wasn't until the Cubs tied McDonogh 0-0 that everyone else knew, too.

First team at a glance

La Angelini, Catholic, junior, defense: The center halfback led the Cubs' drive to the Catholic League Tournament title. Although defense is her forte, Angelini is probably best known for scoring the game-winning goal to beat John Carroll in the tournament championship. She scored three goals and had an assist this fall but also showcased her exceptional marking ability by shutting down Laurie Schwoy -- something that has happened only three times in four years.

Julie Baker, McDonogh, senior, midfield: With her timing and leaping ability, this repeat pick was one of the best at controlling balls in the air. A fearless, hard tackler, Baker could win almost any ball in the midfield and set the Eagles moving on offense. With Schwoy around, she never had to play a big finishing role, but Baker still contributed six goals and 11 assists.

Nicole Brooks, Catholic, sophomore, forward.: This striker knew how to make things happen and she never did it better than in the Catholic League A Conference semifinal when she scored two goals to lead the Cubs over Mercy, 3-1. With her speed and ball skills, Brooks was a threat every time she got the ball. She led the Cubs with nine goals and six assists.

Nicole Froman, Loch Raven, junior, defense: The Raiders' sweeper had opposing coaches talking to themselves, because their players just could not find a way around her. With speed, strength in the air and phenomenal field sense, Froman controlled everything that came her way to help the No. 15 Raiders notch eight shutouts. With a shot that can hit the corner from 40 yards out and a throw that can reach the goal, this repeat pick had four goals and seven assists.

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