Matt Danowski

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Matt Danowski
— Lacrosse player —
Matt Danowski.jpg
Born (1985-08-12) August 12, 1985 (age 29)
Farmingdale, New York
Position Attack
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 195 pounds (88 kg)
NCAA team Duke University
NLL team
F. Teams
Rochester Knighthawks
Orlando Titans
Colorado Mammoth
MLL Team
F. Teams
Charlotte Hounds
New Jersey Pride
Long Island Lizards
Nationality United States
NLL Draft 7th overall, 2008
Colorado Mammoth
Pro career 2008present
Nickname Dino

Matt Danowski (born August 12, 1985) is a professional lacrosse player for the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse. He also played professional indoor lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League for the Rochester Knighthawks and Philadelphia Wings. He was a four-time college All-American at Duke University, and is currently second all-time NCAA Division I in total points in a career.

Collegiate career[edit]

Danowski was a starter at Duke throughout his entire college career.[1] As a sophomore in 2005, he won the Jack Turnbull Award, given to the nation's top collegiate attackman.[2]

Danowski was a member of Duke squad during the 2006 Duke University lacrosse team scandal, cutting short his junior campaign to eight games after the University prematurely ended the season. Following the forced resignation of long-time Duke lacrosse coach Mike Pressler, Danowski's father, John Danowski, became the head coach of the team.[3] Due to the shortened season, resulting from "unusual circumstance," the NCAA granted 33 Duke lacrosse players, including Danowski, a rare fifth year of eligibility.[4]

Danowski, and teammate Zack Greer, led the Blue Devils high-powered attack to the 2007 NCAA Final Four. Duke faced Johns Hopkins University in the final, but lost despite mounting a strong comeback at the end of the game,[5] This match-up was a repeat of the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship game.

In 2007, Danowski won the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the nation's most outstanding collegiate lacrosse player.[6] That year, he also won the USILA's Lt. Raymond Enners Award as the national player of the year, and his second Jack Turnbull Award as attackman of the year.[7]

In the first round of the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship, in a victory over Loyola, Danowski broke the NCAA career points record, eclipsing Joe Vasta's mark.[8] However, in the 2008 NCAA semifinals, Duke was again defeated by Johns Hopkins, ending Danowski's collegiate career without winning a NCAA championship. In 2008, he was again awarded the Lt. Raymond Enners Award as national player of the year.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Only a few days after Danowski was awarded the 2008 Enners award as the USILA player of the year, he was drafted second overall by the New Jersey Pride in the 2008 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.[10]

Danowski earned Rookie of the Week honors in Week 5 of the 2008 MLL season. He has scored 19 goals in 12 games with 3 two-point goals and 14 assists giving him a total of 36 points.

In July 2009, Danowski was traded from the Colorado Mammoth to the New York Titans in exchange for Ryan Powell. Danowski becomes the fourth player in 2009 to play both for the Lizards of the MLL and the Titans of the NLL in the same season, joining Stephen Peyser, Matt Zash, and Keith Cromwell.

In 2011, Danowski was traded from the Long Island Lizards to the Charlotte Hounds along with Stephen Berger and two other draft picks in exchange for the No.1 pick in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft Pick.The Hounds also gave up former Boston Canon MLL-All Star Max Quinzani whom Charlotte just picked up in the expansion draft.


Matt Danowski's father, John Danowski, has been the Duke men's lacrosse head coach since June 2006. Matt's grandfather, Ed Danowski, played professional football as a quarterback for the New York Giants. He led the NFL in passing in 1935 and 1938.[11]


Duke University[edit]

Season GP G A Pts PPG
2004 13 23 19 42 --
2005 20 50 42 92 --
2006 8 12 14 26 --
2007 20 44 52 96 --
2008 19 41 56 97 --
Totals 80 170 183 (a) 353 (b) --
(a) 6th in NCAA Division I career assists
(b) 3rd in NCAA Division I career points

Major League Lacrosse[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G 2ptG A Pts GB PIM GP G 2ptG A Pts GB PIM
2008 New Jersey 10 19 3 14 36 16 2 - - - - - - -
2009 Long Island 12 16 1 14 31 31 0 1 2 0 2 4 2 0
MLL Totals 22 35 4 28 67 47 2 1 2 0 2 4 2 0

National Lacrosse League[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM GP G A Pts LB PIM
2009 Colorado 9 7 7 14 18 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
NLL Totals 9 7 7 14 18 2 0 0 0 0 0 0


Preceded by
Michael Powell
Jack Turnbull Award
Succeeded by
Joe Walters
Preceded by
Joe Walters
Jack Turnbull Award
Succeeded by
Zack Greer
Preceded by
Matt Ward
Lt. Raymond Enners Award
Succeeded by
Max Seibald
Preceded by
Matt Ward
Tewaaraton Trophy
Succeeded by
Mike Leveille

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Matt Danowski Blue Devil Player Bio". Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  2. ^ "USILA Special Awards, Players/Coaches of the Year (2005)". Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  3. ^ Taddei, John (February 22, 2007). "Family Matters: Matt Danowski adapts to playing for Dad". Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  4. ^ "NCAA to allow Duke players to reclaim lost season". Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  5. ^ "Johns Hopkins 12, Duke 11". NCAA Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  6. ^ "2007 Tewaaraton Trophy Winners Presented by Warrior". Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  7. ^ "USILA Announces Player of the Year Awards for 2007". Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  8. ^ "Danowski Sets NCAA Career Scoring Mark As No. 1 Duke Defeats Loyola, 12-7". May 10, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  9. ^ Burns, Sean (May 28, 2008). "USILA announces major award winners". Archived from the original on 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  10. ^ "Paul Rabil selected with #1 Overall Pick". May 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  11. ^ Brink, Bill (February 5, 1997). "Ed Danowski, 85, Star Player For Fordham and the Giants". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-12.