Dixon's 5 goals power Hopkins' 22-8 rout Transfer from Towson matches career high to help beat Rutgers

March 09, 1997|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

It didn't take Dudley Dixon long to make his mark at Johns Hopkins.

Three games into his Hopkins career, after two years at Towson State and a year of ineligibility because he transferred, Dixon leads the Blue Jays with 12 goals.

In No. 5 Hopkins' 22-8 rout of unranked Rutgers (2-1) yesterday before 2,357 at Homewood Field, Dixon scored five goals, matching his career high as a Towson State freshman against UMBC.

"I wanted to go to Hopkins right out of high school," said Dixon, a Severn grad. "But I had problems with my knees -- and grades."

"I was happy at Towson; I really was. But that couldn't compare to this. I go around with a permanent smile."

One goal in particular had Dixon's signature on it. With his back to the goal, he blindly flipped a bullet that whistled past Rutgers goalie Mike Zoanetti. It was his fifth of the day, and it was dazzling.

"There was a man on my shoulder, and I saw everybody was covered," Dixon said. "I knew there was an alley behind me to TTC the goal, so it was a good place to take the shot."

Coach Tony Seaman and the other coaches saw Dixon do that last spring. The first time assistant Joe Cowan saw Dixon unleash his blind shot, he asked, "Where did that one come from?"

"Dudley has a house full of tricks," Seaman said, shaking his head in wonder. "I've never had a guy with better hands, and he has great eyes, too. He can find the guy who's open."

Dixon even enjoys the music at Hopkins now. He recalls a game when he was at Towson State in which the Blue Jays scored 14 goals in the fourth quarter. After each one, the Hopkins band played mocking music in counting up the score.

"I hated that band," Dixon said. "Now I love it."

Hopkins (2-1) jumped to an 8-2 lead, including three goals in 70 seconds in one first-quarter stretch, and led at halftime 13-5. Junior midfielder Andrew Godfrey had three of his career-high four goals by intermission.

Six goals in three games after 12 in his first two years -- what gives?

"He was a wonderful high school player, but you have to remember what we ask of these kids week after week with our demanding schedule," Seaman said. "It takes time to adjust. Andy is coming into his own."

After beating Washington College for the 20th straight time Wednesday and Rutgers for the 19th in the past 20 meetings, Hopkins is bracing for its trip to No. 3 Syracuse on Saturday.

Seaman says he loves to play at Syracuse's Carrier Dome, maybe because the Blue Jays have won two of three there during his Hopkins tenure.

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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