Matt Danowski Announces Retirement
February 23, 2021 - Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) News Release
Three-time All-Pro attackman Matt Danowski (Chrome LC) has announced his retirement from professional lacrosse.
A seven-time All-Star, Danowski retires eighth all-time in points (434), 10th all-time in goals (240), 10th all-time in assists (161), and tied for third all-time in two-point goals (33).
Danowski could do it all on the field: run attack or midfield, finish or feed, score on-the-run or with time-and-room. Teammates and coaches keep coming back to the same skill that sticks out above all of those traits, though: His compete level.
"He checks all the boxes in terms of shooting, skills, lacrosse IQ," said Jordan Wolf. "But he just has this next level of competitiveness that a lot of people can learn from."
"He expects and demands a lot from you. And he holds you to the same standard that he holds himself to. That's exactly what you want in a coach and in a teammate."
During his 13-year career, Danowski "" an assistant coach at Duke University "" had the opportunity to play with several of his former players: Wolf, Justin Guterding, and Will Haus.
"He's just such an incredible competitor," said Chrome LC head coach Tim Soudan. "He's always been a guy that I admired during his days at Duke and then coaching against him."
For most of Danowski's 13-year career, Soudan was gameplanning against him. In 2020, they gameplanned together, as Danowski "" unable to travel to the Championship Series "" watched film and kept an open line of communication with the Chrome LC coaching staff.
"I'm just happy that my relationship has changed with Matt Danowski since I came to the Chrome and I was able to know him as a peer," said Soudan. "I feel fortunate to have had the time that I had with him. And I know anytime I have a question or anytime he needs something, we'll reach out to each other."
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