DURHAM, N.C. Ė Duke head coach John Danowski and senior captain Matt Danowski headline the ACC Men's Lacrosse annual awards by garnering the league's Coach and Player of the Year awards, respectively. Released on Thursday by the conference office, the award winners and all-conference team are voted on by the league's four head coaches.
Through 13 games, the younger Danowski has produced 28 goals and 28 assists for the Blue Devils en route to becoming just the third player in ACC history to capture the Player of the Year accolade twice in a career. The Farmingale, N.Y., native earned the 2004 ACC Rookie of the Year and 2005 ACC Player of the Year trophies and is one of five players in league history and 34 players in NCAA history to amass 100 or more goals and 100 or more assists in a career. On the ACC's all-time charts, Danowski currently ranks 12th in points (216), 16th in assists (103) and 20th in goals (113).
"It is an honor to be named the player of the year in what we feel is the best conference in the country," Matt Danowski said. "I can think of several other players that deserve the award. Like all individual awards, this is a tribute to the hard work, dedication and unselfishness of my 40 teammates as well as our coaching staff."
The elder Danowski, coaching his first season at Duke, has guided the Blue Devils to an 11-2 overall record, 3-0 ledger in league play and current number two national ranking in the USILA national poll. Danowski helped Duke ascend to the number one spot in the poll for the first time in school history earlier in the year.
"Any coach who has won an award of this type knows that it is the sum total of a great deal of work from a lot of people including the support staff, assistant coaches and, most importantly, the players," John Danowski said.
Maryland goalkeeper Brian Phipps received ACC Rookie of the Year honors and currently ranks 13th nationally in save percentage at .591. He has amassed 136 saves and a 7.92 goals against average while helping the Terrapins to a 9-4 record this season.
Four Blue Devils -- Danowski, Casey Carroll, Zack Greer and Nick O'Hara -- were named to the 11-member All-ACC squad. Carroll, a native of Baldwin, N.Y., has recovered from an ACL injury suffered in 2006 to lead a Duke defense that ranks eighth in the country in scoring defense. Greer, a product of Whitby, Ontario, Canada, picks up his second all-conference citation and currently leads the ACC in goals scored with 40 while O'Hara, a Orchard Park, N.Y., native, is on pace to lead the Blue Devils in ground balls for the third consecutive season and is a key part of Duke's defensive unit that paces the league in man-down efficiency.
Others named to the all-league unit were Dan Glading (Virginia), Tim Kaiser (North Carolina), Ray Megill (Maryland), Ben Rubeor (Virginia), Ricky Smith (Virginia), Kip Turner (Virginia) and Steve Whittenberg (Maryland).