North Carolina's Schwoy will sit out season

Women's team standout to redshirt with injury

August 26, 1999|By Lowell E. Sunderland | Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's Laurie Schwoy, a three-time All-American soccer player who was expected to be one of powerful North Carolina's senior leaders this fall, will instead redshirt because of a nagging right-hamstring injury.

"Rather than have her play half-speed it was in her best interests to take the year off and retain her remaining year of eligibility for 2000," Carolina coach Anson Dorrance said yesterday. "We hope it will work out that she can play injury-free in 2000 and show the world what a dynamic player she is when she's healthy."

Schwoy (McDonogh) has starred as an attacking midfielder at Carolina, last fall's 25-1 runner-up for the NCAA Division I women's title and preseason top or No. 2 pick this fall. She was 1996's national Freshman of the Year and was considered a Player of the Year nominee this fall.

Two years ago, she got a start with the full U.S. women's national team at center midfield. A U.S. under-20 team star, too, she remains in the national player pool.

But injuries, including the hamstring problem, began near the end of her sophomore season. Despite months of tests and rehabilitation efforts, she was limited to part-time play some of last fall with the Tar Heels, although she scored 16 goals and had eight assists.

"I was hoping something operative could be done," Schwoy said last night. "But [doctors] feel that I just have to give my body time to rest. I'm tired of playing hurt. I probably should have done this last fall, but I wanted to try for the World Cup team, so I had to play."

The injury hampered her ability to compete, however. She has not worked out with the Tar Heels for this season, she said, but attends practices, where Dorrance calls her "Coach Schwoy."

Gary Davidson contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 8/26/99

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