Duke Men's Lacrosse BIO
40 Matt Danowski
Two-time National Player of the Year honoree as the recipient of the USILA's Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award in both 2007 and 2008 ... also received the Tewaaraton Trophy in 2007 ... NCAA's all-time leading scorer with 353 career points on 170 goals and 183 assists in 80 career games ... ranks fourth in assists and 13th in goals on the NCAA's career charts ... three-time finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy (2005, 2007 & 2008) ... led the Blue Devils in scoring in five consecutive seasons (2004-08) ... paced the country in total scoring three times with 92 points in 2005, 96 in 2007 and 97 in 2008 ... three times led the country in assists with 42 in 2005, 52 in 2007 and 56 in 2008... one of two players in NCAA history to register multiple single-season scoring totals of 90+ points, joining Cornell's Mike French, who accomplished the feat three times in 1974, 1975 and 1976 ... one of just three players in NCAA history to amass 150+ goals and 150+ assists in a career, joining Air Force's Joe Vasta and Michael Powell of Syracuse ... recorded at least one point in 61 consecutive games to close his career ... scored at least one goal in 39 straight contests to close his career ... two-time choice for the USILA's Lt. Col. J. I. (Jack) Turnbull Award in 2005 and 2007 as the nation's top attackman ... three-time USILA First Team All-America selection in 2005,2007 and 2008 ... only three-time first team All-America selections and one of just six two-time first team All-America honorees in Duke lacrosse history ... one of just eight three-time first team All-America picks in ACC history ... three-time ACC Player of the Year pick in 2005, 2007 and 2008 ... only three-time league player of the year in ACC history ... one of just three players in ACC history to earn both Rookie and Player of the Year honors, joining Joe Walters of Maryland and Michael Watson of Virginia ... along with Walters, is one of just two players in ACC history to receive the Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and Tournament MVP awards ... started all 80 games in his Duke career ... helped Duke to a five-year ledger of 63-18 ... over the past four seasons, has guided the Blue Devils to a 58-10 overall ledger including 33 wins over nationally-ranked teams, an 17-2 record versus ACC opponents, three league regular season titles (2005, 2007 & 2008), two conference tournament crowns (2007 & 2008), two number one seeds in the NCAA Tournament (2007 & 2008), three berths in the national semifinals (2005, 2007 & 2008) and a pair of appearances in the NCAA championship game (2005 & 2007) ... registered at least one point in 78-of-80 career games, scoring at least one goal in 74-of-80 career games ... scored three or more goals in 25 career games ... finished with career per game averages of 2.13 goals, 2.29 assists and 4.42 points ... one of just nine players nationally to have played in the last 10 seasons (1999-08) to reach the 100+ goal, 100+ assist landmark ... only player in NCAA history to post three seasons with both 40+ goals and 40+ assists ... one of just five players in NCAA history to post 50+ goals and 40+ assists in a single season ... one of just four players in NCAA history to post 40+ goals and 50+ assists in a single season ... one of just four players in NCAA history to post two seasons with 50+ assists ... only player in NCAA history to have both one 50-goal, 40-assist season and one 40-goal, 50-assist season in a career ... with teammates Zack Greer and Max Quinzani, combined to form the third highest scoring trio in NCAA history with 261 points in 2008 ... with teammates Dan Flannery and Greer, combined to form the sixth highest scoring trio in NCAA history with 236 points in 2005 ... on the Duke career charts, ranks first in points, first in assists and second in goals ... on the ACC's career charts, ranks first in points, first in assists and third in goals ... owns the Duke and ACC single-season records for points with 97 in 2008 ... registered 34 points on 17 goals and 17 assists in seven career ACC Tournament games as Duke compiled a 6-1 ledger and captured both the 2007 and 2008 titles ... four-time ACC All-Tournament selection in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 ... named the 2007 ACC Tournament MVP ... one of just two four-time ACC All-Tournament picks in league history ... recorded 58 points on 26 goals and 32 assists in 11 career NCAA Tournament games as Duke went 8-3 in those contests ... two-time selection to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 2005 and 2007 ... holds Duke career record for points in NCAA Tournament action ... holds NCAA Tournament record for most points by two teammates with a combined total of 44 points with Zack Greer in 2007 ... posted the third-highest single-event total with 24 points in the 2007 NCAA Tournament ... posted the sixth-highest single-event total with 21 points in the 2005 NCAA Tournament ... helped Duke to the top three winning streaks in school history - an 11-game run in 2005, a 12-game stretch in 2007 and a 10-game streak in 2008 ... led the Blue Devils to a nation's-best 58 victories over the past four seasons ... in 2008, guided Duke to an NCAA single-season record 18 victories, bettering the previous mark of 17 held by Duke (2005 & 2007), Hofstra (2006) and Virginia (2006) ... along with teammates Nick O'Hara and Michael Ward, shares NCAA record for most wins participated in with 63 ... graduated from Duke on May 13, 2007 with a degree in history ... helped Duke to its first number one national ranking in the USILA poll (2007) as well as the program's first number one seed in the NCAA Tournament (2007) ... has twice finished in the top three of the balloting for the ACC's McKevlin Award, an honor presented annually to the top male student-athlete in the league (2nd in 2005 & 3rd in 2007) ... father, John, was named Duke's head lacrosse coach on July 21, 2006 ... is one of eight players in NCAA history to participate in the NCAA Tournament with his father as the team's head coach ... pairs with his father to form the only father-son tandem in NCAA history to each post 50+ assists in a single-season with the elder Danowski registering 54 for Rutgers in 1973 and the younger with 52 in 2007 and 54 in 2008.
2008: National Player of the Year honoree as the recipient of the USILA's Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award ... one of five finalists for the 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy along with teammate Zack Greer, Ben Rubeor of Virginia, Paul Rabil of Johns Hopkins and Mike Leveille of Syracuse ... USILA First Team All-America choice ... team captain for the second straight year ... All-ACC pick ... ACC All-Tournament honoree ... paced the nation in points (97) and assists (56) ... point total matches the 13th-best single-season total in NCAA history and established a new ACC single-season mark ... assist total sits 18th on the NCAA's single-season chart ... with a two-goal, five-assist effort in Duke's NCAA Tournament opening round win over Loyola (510), became the NCAA's all-time leader in total points, breaking the previous mark of 343 points set by Air Force's Joe Vasta from 1983-86 ... the record-breaking 344th point came on an assist to Max Quinzani's goal with 15 seconds remaining in the second period ... became the ACC's all-time leader in points on March 8 against Loyola with a six-point day to snap former N.C. State standout Stan Cockerton's 28-year old record of 280 points ... with three goals and three assists against Harvard (3/25), became just the third player in NCAA history to amass 150+ goals and 150+ assists in a career ... recorded a season-high eight points on four goals and four assists in Duke's win over Dartmouth (3/29) ... had seven-point outings versus both Bucknell (2/16) and Johns Hopkins (4/3) ... had a season-best six assists against Johns Hopkins (4/3) ... scored at least one goal in all 19 games played with eight multi-goal performances ... combined with Zack Greer to form the nation's most prolific scoring tandem with a combined average of 10.11 points per contest ... paired with Greer to post a combined 192 points, establishing a new new ACC record, surpassing the previous mark held by the same tandem (190 in 2007), and ranking second in NCAA history behind the record of 193 points recorded by Cornell's Mike French and Eamon McEneaney in 1975 ... became the first player in ACC history to lead the conference in assists in four seasons ... became just the third player in ACC history to lead the league in points in three campaigns, a feat only accomplished by Maryland's Ray Altman (1961-62-63) and Duke's Steve Sachs (1967-68-69) ... helped Duke to an overall record of 18-2 including the ACC regular season championship, the ACC Tournament title, a national ranking of number one in the USILA poll and the NCAA Tournament's number one overall seed ... in Duke's run to the ACC Tournament crown, posted five goals and five assists in victories over North Carolina (4/25) and Virginia (4/27) ... led Duke to an NCAA single-season record 18 victories, bettering the previous mark of 17 held by Duke (2005 & 2007), Hofstra (2006) and Virginia (2006).
2007: Consensus National Player of the Year pick as the recipient of the Tewaaraton Trophy and the USILA's Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award ... Lt. Col. J. I. (Jack) Turnbull Award honoree as the nation's top attackman ... USILA First Team All-America pick ... ACC Player of the Year ... All-ACC selection ... ACC All-Tournament Team choice and ACC Tournament MVP ... NCAA All-Tournament Team honoree ... team captain along with Ed Douglas ... led the nation in both total points (96) and assists (52) ... started all 20 games ... scored 44 goals - second most on the club behind Zack Greer's nation-leading 67 tallies ... set Duke and ACC single-season record for scoring, with the 96 total points ranking tied for 12th on the NCAA's all-time list ... matched the school record, the third-highest single-season total in ACC history and the 22nd-best total in NCAA history with 52 assists ... paired with Greer to become the second set of teammates in NCAA history to each top the 90-point plateau in a single campaign, joining Cornell's Mike French (97) and Eamon McEneaney (96) in 1975 ... the 190 combined points set a new ACC single-season record, surpassing the previous mark held by Michael Watson and Doug Knight of Virginia (161 in 1996), and ranks second in NCAA history behind the record of 193 points set by French and McEneaney in 1975 ... became just the fourth player in NCAA history to record 40+ goals and 50+ assists in a single season ... in the ACC, ranked first in points per game (4.80), first in assists per game (2.60), second in game-winning goals (5) and third in goals per game (2.20) ... also paced the nation's attackmen in ground balls with 75 ... totaled 24 points in four NCAA Tournament games to post the third-highest single-tournament total in NCAA history behind McEneaney (25 in 1977) and Tim Goldstein (25 in 1987), both of Cornell ... paired with Greer to register 44 combined points in the NCAA Tournament to set a new tournament record, breaking the previous mark of 43 set by Gary Gait (23) and Tom Marechek (20) of Syracuse in 1990 ... with Greer and Ned Crotty (12), combined for the second-highest single-tournament scoring trio with 56 points, trailing only the group of Gait, Marechek and Greg Burns (16) of Syracuse in 1990 ... only player in the country with 40+ goals and 40+ assists on the season ... led Duke to 17 wins, matching the highest single-season total in NCAA history ... paired with Greer to form the nation's most prolific scoring tandem with a combined 190 points ... became just the eighth player in NCAA history to participate in the NCAA Tournament with his father as the team's head coach ... with three assists against Air Force (5/6), became Duke's all-time leader in assists, breaking the previous total of 114 held by Tony Cullen ... ACC Player of the Week honoree following a six-goal, one-assist outing at Maryland (3/2) ... scored at least one goal in every game ... posted a season-best 10 points on four goals and six assists in Duke's 19-11 win over North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament (5/12) ... in three ACC regular season games, carded 10 goals and five assists as the Blue Devils went unbeaten and secured the top seed for the league tournament ... guided Duke to the ACC Tournament championship by registering two goals and four assists against North Carolina in the semifinals (4/27) and three goals and one assist in the title tilt versus Virginia (4/29) ... handed out four or more assists in eight games ... scored three or more goals seven times ... helped Duke to its first number one national ranking in the USILA poll as well as the program's first number one seed in the NCAA Tournament ... finished third behind track star Walter Dix of Florida State and football standout Calvin Johnson of Georgia Tech in the balloting for the prestigious McKevlin Award, an honor presented annually to the top male student-athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference ... named Duke's co-MVP with Rachel Moss of the Carlyle Cup, an all-sports competition between Duke and North Carolina.
SUMMER, 2006: In the summer of 2006, served as an alternate on the United States Men's National Team ... played in two exhibition games ... registered two goals and two assists in the United States' 27-2 exhibition victory over Ireland on June 25.
2006: Started all eight games ... led Duke in total points (26), assists (14) and game-winning goals (2) while ranking fourth on the team in goals (12) ... tallied at least one point in all eight contests and had three or more in six games ... had season-highs of four goals and six points versus Bellarmine (2/28) ... logged two-goal performances against Villanova (2/25), Loyola (3/11) and North Carolina (3/18) ... game-winning goals came in Duke triumphs over Villanova and North Carolina ... logged four assists against Holy Cross (3/7) ... credited with 23 ground balls.
2005: USILA First Team All-America selection ... recipient of the Lt. Col. J.I. (Jack) Turnbull Award as the USILA National Attackman of the Year ... one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, an honor presented annually to the national player of the year ... ACC Player of the Year honoree as voted on by the league's four head coaches ... All-ACC pick ... became just the third player in ACC history to earn both the league's Rookie of the Year (2004) and Player of the Year (2005) awards ... finished second behind men's basketball standout Sean May of North Carolina in the balloting for the prestigious McKevlin Award, an honor presented annually to the top male student-athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference ... led the nation in scoring by establishing a school single-season record with 92 total points on 50 goals and 42 assists ... the 92 points matched the 19th highest single-season total in NCAA history and marked the most since 2000 when Syracuse's Michael Powell had 96 points ... landed one point shy of equalling the 42-year old ACC single-season standard of 93 points held by Maryland's Don Altman ... became just the fifth player in NCAA history to register 50+ goals and 40+ assists in a season, joining Delaware's John Grant (56-54 in 1999), Cornell's Mike French (65-40 in 1976), Holy Cross' George Paletta (52-46 in 1984) and Syracuse' Tom Korrie (56-40) in 1986 ... also paced the country in assists while ranking fourth in goals ... joined Dan Flannery (72) and Zack Greer (72) in becoming the second group of three teammates in NCAA history to register 70 or more points in a season, joining Virginia's 1996 trio of Doug Knight (86), Michael Watson (75) and Tim Whiteley (73) ... with 236 points, the Danowski-Flannery-Greer combination recorded the fourth highest total among three teammates in NCAA history ... the 50 goals rank as the eighth best single-season total in ACC history ... paired with Greer (57) to become the second pair of teammates in NCAA history to score 50 or more goals in the same season, joining French (63) and Jon Levine (50) of Cornell (1975) ... goal total also matched the third highest single-season count in Duke lacrosse history ... in the ACC, ranked first in points per game (4.60), second in assists per game (2.10) and fourth in goals per game (2.50), joining Flannery as the only players to rank among the league's top five in all three statistical categories ... named to both the ACC and NCAA All-Tournament teams ... for the second straight season, collected the Anthony W. Cullen Award as Duke's Offensive Player of the Year ... received ACC Player of the Week honors after a three-goal, two-assist performance in Duke's 17-2 win over then second-ranked Virginia (4/16) ... registered career-highs of six goals and 10 points at Army (4/23) ... after scoring five goals with two assists in the Blue Devils' victory over Fairfield (5/13) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, propelled Duke to Memorial Day Weekend with a five-goal, one-assist performance in an 11-8 national quarterfinal triumph over Cornell (5/22) ... finished the NCAA Tournament with 13 goals and eight assists including a two-goal, four-assist day against Johns Hopkins in the championship game (5/30) ... led all scorers with six total points in the national title game ... the 13 goals matched the third highest total in an NCAA Tournament and marked the most in the tournament since Brian Piccola of Johns Hopkins posted 13 goals in 1993 ... the 21 total points in the tournament marked the most since Syracuse's Gary Gait logged 23 in 1990 and rank as the fourth highest single-tournament total in NCAA history ... paired with Flannery (19) to combine for 40 points in the NCAA Tournament, the third most by two teammates ever ... also helped produce the third most prolific scoring trio in NCAA Tournament play, combining with Flannery and Greer (14) to amass 54 total points ... led a Duke offense that paced the country in scoring by averaging 13.4 goals per game while setting a new NCAA Tournament scoring record with 60 goals ... recorded a pair of game-winning goals and a league-best two man-down tallies ... picked up 38 ground balls.
2004: USILA Honorable Mention All-America and ACC Rookie of the Year choice after leading Duke in scoring with 42 points on 23 goals and 19 assists ... named the recipient of the Anthony W. Cullen Award as Duke's Offensive Player of the Year ... also Duke's Co-Rookie of the Year honoree started all 13 games ... earned a spot on the ACC All-Tournament Team after producing four goals and two assists in Duke's semifinal loss to Maryland (4/23) ... scored a season-high seven points on three goals and four assists versus VMI (3/2) ... registered four-goal, two-assist games against both UMBC (2/28) and Canisius (3/16).
2003 ILF U-19 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: In the summer of 2003, joined future Duke teammates Kyle Dowd, Peter Lamade, Glenn Nick, Bret Thompson and Matt Zash on the gold medal-winning United States team at the International Lacrosse Federation Under-19 World Championships in Baltimore ... named to the ILF All-World Team and the MVP of the Under-19 World Championships ... led the U.S. in scoring with 27 points on 17 goals and 10 assists in six games.
PREP: Four-year letterman at Farmingdale ... three-time All-America pick ... finished career with 170 goals and 208 assists ... had 87 goals and 77 assists as a senior ... member of two gold medal winning teams at the Empire State Games ... earned all-county honors in both football and basketball.
PERSONAL: Son of John and Tricia Danowski ... father is the head lacrosse coach at Duke ... sister, Katie, played lacrosse at Quinnipiac University before graduating in 2005 ... born August 12, 1985.