Terps find they can't cancel Dixon out Stopped by old teammate, Jays' top scorer assists

April 13, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

COLLEGE PARK -- Take Johns Hopkins attackman Dudley Dixon out of his game and he'll still beat you. That's the hard lesson Maryland learned yesterday as Dixon jump-started the Blue Jays to a 13-9 victory.

Dixon, who has scored a team-best 30 goals this season, never beat Terps defenseman and former Severn teammate Dave LaChapelle.

Nevertheless, Dixon shifted from hard-firing goal-scorer to passer, setting up three goals, including two in the critical second quarter. He added two goals in transition.

"He's one of the best out there," Dixon said of LaChapelle. "One-on-one today, he owned me."

But Dixon owned the fast break.

Twenty seconds into the game, Hopkins quickly ran the ball up-field for a four-on-three advantage. Blue Jays midfielder Werner Krueger drew a sliding LaChapelle and found a wide-open Dixon, who powered the game's first shot into the right corner of the goal.

In the second quarter, Dixon fed Dan Denihan and Jason Moolenaar right on the crease for point-blank goals and capped a five-goal period by converting a one-on-one opportunity against Maryland goalie Sean Keenan.

That resulted in an 8-4 halftime lead for the Blue Jays, with Dixon involved in half of their scoring.

"He got lucky," said LaChapelle, who won the team's Most Valuable Player award over Dixon when they were seniors at Severn. "He got the ball in a lot of unsettled situations. That's where he's so effective."

Effective is a perfect description of LaChapelle this season.

Only one player, Virginia's Michael Watson, has beaten him one-on-one. LaChapelle's list of shutouts includes Duke's Scott Allen, North Carolina's Spencer Deering and Navy's Jamie O'Leary.

"Dave's a big athlete," Dixon said. "If you beat him, he has the ability to trail-check you. It's like you never can beat him."

On the other hand, few can contain Dixon.

Dixon, one of three transfers starting for the Blue Jays, has been the leading goal scorer for Hopkins in seven of nine games and has totaled at least two goals and three points in every game this season. He is the team's top shooter and has accounted for three of Hopkins' 11 extra-man goals.

"He's a great player," Blue Jays senior midfielder Billy Evans said. "He took a lot of pressure off of Dan [Denihan]. He exciting to watch and exciting to play next to."

It's not the first time that Dixon has burnt the Terps.

In 1994 as a freshman for Towson State, Dixon had four goals and two assists as the Tigers defeated Maryland, 14-7. It remains the worst margin of defeat for the Terps over the past four seasons.

Dixon's uniform colors might have changed, but not his impact. After sitting out last season because of the transfer, Dixon has instantly become the offensive leader whether he's scoring goals or not.

"Let's see, 30 goals and 12 assists, that's a pretty big impact," Blue Jays coach Tony Seaman said. "Today, I think he was really important because he got the ball to the right people. He was like our point guard out there for us."

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Pub Date: 4/13/97

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