Towson routs UMBC in tuneup for Hopkins

April 24, 1994|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer

Towson State University scored 10 straight goals during a 12-minute stretch midway through the game to easily defeat UMBC, 21-9, last night at Minnegan Stadium.

The win was crucial to No. 10 Towson's postseason playoff aspirations, and cross-town rival UMBC (7-5) was nothing more than a tuneup for the Tigers (6-3) in preparation for Saturday's game against No. 6 Johns Hopkins (6-3) at Homewood Field.

"We have to win every game," said Towson attackman David Quinn. "We had to get back to where we were earlier in the season when we played with teams like Syracuse and Loyola, where we out-hustled and out-ran people. Next week becomes our playoff. If we beat Hopkins we're in, providing we beat C. W. Post in the last game. If we lose to Hopkins, we're out. Period."

UMBC put a little excitement in the game by taking a 4-2 lead at the end of the first period, and a 5-4 lead with 9:41 left in the second.

But the Retrievers could not contain Towson attackmen Dudley Dixon and Quinn, who combined for 10 goals, five in the critical third period. Midfielder Stewart Crotty also had four goals for the Tigers.

Dixon and Quinn led the Towson scoring blitz as UMBC failed to score a goal for nearly 18 minutes after holding the one-goal lead in the second quarter. Towson led 17-7 at the end of the third period.

The game was redemption for Dixon after a lackluster performance last Saturday when the Tigers lost 13-12 to Navy in overtime. Towson coach Carl Runk did not think Dixon played with a lot of intensity, and decided not to start him last night.

But the prized freshman from Annapolis entered the game with only six minutes gone. He gave the Tigers a spark and finished with career highs in goals and assists (three).

"I wasn't playing with a lot of confidence either," said Dixon. "I don't know why. Coach thought I needed to work harder and get some of that intensity back. Not starting was a lesson for me, a tough one to learn, but one that I'll remember for the rest of my career at Towson."

Towson midfielder Kevin Krupinsky opened the scoring with a high shot 1:10 into the game. But UMBC answered nearly three minutes later as attackman Keith Chance, coming from behind the goal, scored from the right of the post.

UMBC attackman Jason Smith scored off a loose ball outside the crease with 8:07 left in the quarter to give the Retrievers a 2-1 lead, and Smith scored again 26 seconds later to push the Retrievers ahead 3-1.

UMBC midfielder John McDonnell scored on a low bouncer with 7:04 remaining, but Quinn scored with 3:55 left in the period.

"We played a rough one last week against Navy, and we should have come out a little harder," said Quinn. But I never felt we lost control of the game. Those four goals they scored didn't intimidate us, thank God."

Towson's attack, which had little intensity in the first period, picked up in the second.

Midfielder Mark Goers scored 1:26 into the period, and Tim Langton scored 27 seconds later to tie the score at 4.

UMBC's Greg Sabo scored with 9:41 left in the half to break the tie, but Towson scored the final four goals of the half for an 8-5 lead.

The Tigers kept up the pace in the third quarter, with Crotty scoring the first of six straight Towson goals 1:01 into the third quarter.

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