2nd-half surge carries Hopkins past UNC, 16-9

Dixon scores 5 goals for 4th-ranked Blue Jays, who erase 5-3 deficit


While unbeaten and second-ranked Maryland continues to loom large for Johns Hopkins, with the annual game 13 days away, the slow-starting Blue Jays came out yesterday in the second half and put on an impressive show against North Carolina for a 16-9 victory before a festive home-coming crowd of 4,489 at Homewood Field.

Fourth-ranked Hopkins (4-2) had to score the final two goals of the first half just to gain a tie at 5 with the Chase Martin-led Tar Heels. But a few choice words at halftime from Hopkins coach Tony Seaman changed the game in the second half.

"Coach Seaman was coming after a couple of players in the locker room," said senior attackman Dudley Dixon, who led Hopkins with a career-tying five goals. "He told them he needed more out of them, and they responded. It was all said so perfectly."

The second-half surge began with a favorite Hopkins weapon of late, an extra-man goal, and ended with three unanswered goals in the final 5:46 of the game.

Sophomore midfielder A.J. Haugen, who had a career-high four goals yesterday, scored a man-up goal early in the third quarter off a nice pass from Dave Marks for a 6-5 lead.

Haugen would score another extra-man goal in the third quarter as Hopkins built a 10-7 lead, and he accounted for all three Blue Jays extra-man goals yesterday. Hopkins has rolled up 13 man-up goals in 25 chances in the past three games.

Senior midfielder Andrew Godfrey also scored four goals yesterday to tie his single-game high, with all four goals coming in the final 23 minutes of the game.

Also joining in the Hopkins scoring was senior midfielder A.T. Bailey, who had three assists in his first game of the season after missing five games due to a violation of team rules.

"It was nice to have Bailey back contributing like he did," said Seaman. "I think we're getting close to where we want to be at this time of the season. Today we beat the best under- .500 team [2-5 North Carolina] I've ever seen."

Marks, a senior attackman, also had three assists for the Blue Jays. However, former Gilman standout Martin put on the most impressive individual performance.

The sophomore North Carolina attackman made one strong move after another all afternoon and got off several sizzling shots on the way to four goals and two assists.

Martin would have had at least two more goals if Hopkins goalkeeper Brian Carcaterra (14 saves) had not made a couple of super saves.

"I still don't know how Carcaterra made that one save on Martin," said North Carolina coach Dave Klarmann. "We thought he was screened off on the shot and couldn't see it. But somehow he stopped it. When Chase has the room and time to shoot, God help the goalkeeper."

But Martin was one of the few things Klarmann had to be happy about yesterday.

"We need to go back to home plate and start over," said Klarmann. "We need to coach better for one thing. We looked like a bunch of youth-league players when we had three guys chasing the ball, but they still got it and went down the field and scored."

For Hopkins, it is becoming harder every day not to think about Maryland, which comes to Homewood Field on April 11 at 7 p.m.

Hopkins fans were buzzing yesterday as each Maryland score in a 14-9 victory over Virginia was announced.

When Dixon, a graduate of Severn School, was asked about Maryland, he said jokingly, "Who?"

"We have to keep our minds on our next two games [Hartford at home Wednesday and at Villanova next Saturday] because if we lose any of those games, it will ruin what we've accomplished so far," said Dixon. "We can think about Maryland On Monday before the game."

Haugen said: "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to Maryland. We can only try to keep that game out of our minds."

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