Opponents never had it easy when competing in basketball or soccer against Towson High’s Maggie Schneidereith, a 5-foot-6 senior standout who frustrated opponents with a hard-nosed style of play.
Schneidereith started three different positions for the soccer team and often was the basketball team's defensive stopper.
But the 2016 Towson Times female Athlete of the Year’s best sport clearly was lacrosse, leading the Generals in scoring this spring.
The Lutherville resident carried a 3.3 GPA and will attend Johns Hopkins University on a lacrosse scholarship.
“She has been the face of Towson lacrosse for the last four years, and it will be hard for someone to fill that role,” Towson girls lacrosse coach Jamie Giffuni said. “She was a leader and the quarterback of our offense. And she always went out there and played so hard.
“If she had put her mind to it, she could have definitely played multiple sports in college,” she added.
Schneidereith’s senior year in lacrosse was definitely her best. She ranked first on a 9-7 team in goals (47 goals) and assists (32).
“She really stepped up as a leader and did a good job of directing traffic out there,” Giffuni said of the four-year varsity player. “She took control. This year was the most dependable she had been in big situations. She was a well-rounded player. She fed her teammates. She is not a kid who had 55 goals and 10 assists.”
Giffuni said Schneidereith is one of the most dedicated players she’s coached in her seven years on the job.
“She's a special player,” the coach explained. “She just loves the game and has such a passion for it. It sets her apart from a lot of her peers.”
Schneidereith, a quadruplet whose sisters Jamie, Lucy and Georgia also played lacrosse for Towson, had some memorable games in her first year as co-captain.
Schneidereith led the Generals to a 8-7 victory over Baltimore County champion Hereford on April 12 with three goals and an assist.
“It was one of the best games in her career,” Giffuni said. “She was out there working her butt off. She had a couple of caused turnovers. It’s tough visualizing beating a team you have never beaten before, but she went out there and made it happen.”
She also scored five goals in a 19-11 rout of Catonsville in late April and followed suit in a loss to Notre Dame Prep in late March.
But the performance that stood out was her effort against archrival and Class 4A/3A state champion Dulaney (4 goals, 4 assists) in a 15-10 loss in late April.
“It was probably one of the best games of my career,” Schneidereith said. “I thought I sparked a couple of come backs and I thought I played really well all over field.”
On the basketball court, the four-year varsity player averaged three steals per game for a team that posted a 20-4 record and lost in the regional final to Poly.
“She is a really great defender,” Towson basketball coach Rebecca Moyer said. “She was good at boxing out and getting the rebound. I would have her stick to a girl, and that girl wouldn’t get the ball. If the girl did get the ball, Maggie would do her job to make sure the girl wouldn’t get a shot off.”
Schneidereith said was a strong defender since joining the varsity.
“It was the easiest thing for me to pick up,” she said. “And I really enjoyed playing defense.”
Towson girls soccer coach Matt Clifford loved Schneidereith’s versatility and athletic ability.
The 17-year-old started the season at midfield, moved to stopper and finally to forward.
“I am sure she could even play goalie if I asked her to,” Clifford said. “She was a Division I player and a phenomenal athlete. She played the same way: she was always consistent.”