The Reggie Miller of Major League Lacrosse
By Caitlain Kelley
The Chesapeake Bayhawks have started calling Kyle Dixon “Reggie Miller” for his two-point shooting abilities. He lived up to the nick-name in week one, tallying two giving him 19 for his career which ranks fifth in MLL history. If Dixon completes this season as he did the last, with 10 two-pointers, he could move all the way up to second on the list.
Growing up in Millersville, MD., Dixon is a hometown hero for the Chesapeake area. He left home to lead the University of Virginia to NCAA titles in his freshman and senior years. As a sophomore, he led the team’s midfielders in scoring. In his junior year, he earned second-team All-America status and by his senior year, he was named first-team All-America.
His collegiate success transferred to professional success. Drafted as the second overall pick in 2006, Dixon has played all five seasons with the Bayhawks. He is a scoring machine, leading the team with 23 goals, including 10 two-pointers, and totaling 41 points last season giving him a career total of 132 in 41 games.
The Bayhawks were busy with trades in the offseason but Dixon remains the centerpiece of this team’s offense. Spencer Ford, Bayhawks general manager, is excited to have Dixon back for a fifth season. “He is the best pure shooter in the game, he finds the shot and he has such smooth releases.”
The shooting superstar can’t complain with the revamped Bayhawks first game a 16-8 win over the Long Island Lizards. “I thought the whole team played pretty well. We’re still a young team coming together,” said Dixon. “With the trades we made this past off season and Joe Cinosky and Jordan Levine really seem to mesh well on the defensive end and we seem to do our job pretty well on the offensive end, putting a whole game together.”
The Bayhawks seemed to jive in their first game together and Dixon thinks “it’s going to take us a few games to get extremely comfortable.” The offensive sets they put into play last week are clearly working to their benefit and as they continue playing, they anticipate improvement.
As far as having so many young guns on the team, Dixon isn’t worried. He stresses their need for mental preparation during the week to be prepared for the weekend games as “all the physical attributes are there for these guys, they’re all skilled players.”
Dixon can’t wait to get back out on the field against the Toronto Nationals this weekend. The Nationals will come out itching to win their home opener, especially after losing to the Chicago Machine last week 16-9. Dixon hopes to bring the momentum from the Bayhawks first win to combat one of the most potent offensive units in the league and continue the drive toward a winning season which would be his first with the Bayhawks.
To hear a full interview with Bayhawks Midfielder Kyle Dixon, click here: