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Danowski Earns Tewaaraton Trophy As Nation's Top Player
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/30/2007
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Duke attackman Matt Danowski has been named the recipient of the 2007 Tewaaraton Trophy, an honor presented annually to the top men's lacrosse player in the nation.  Danowski received the award Wednesday night at a banquet at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.
"Winning an award as prestigious as the Tewaaraton Trophy is certainly very humbling," Danowski said.  "This honor could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication put forth by the entire Duke lacrosse team.  I'm indebted to my coaches and teammates for their efforts and support."
Danowski was chosen from a group of five finalists that included Paul Rabil of Johns Hopkins, Frank Resetarits of Albany, Ben Rubeor of Virginia and Max Seibald of Cornell.  Danowski also was a finalist for the award in 2005.
In 2007, Danowski registered an ACC single-season record 96 total points on 44 goals and 52 assists.  His point total, which led the nation, broke the 44-year old ACC single-season record of 93 set by Maryland's Ray Altman in 1963.  In becoming just the fourth player in NCAA history to produce a season with 40 or more goals and 50 or more assists, Danowski paired with Zack Greer to form the second-most prolific scoring tandem in NCAA history with a combined 190 points, falling just three points shy of the record of 193 established by Cornell's Mike French and Eamon McEneaney in 1975.
A native of Farmingdale, N.Y., Danowski also earned national player of the year honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) as well as USILA Attackman of the Year, USILA First Team All-America, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP, All-ACC, ACC All-Tournament Team and NCAA All-Tournament Team accolades.
Elected one of two team captains by his teammates, Danowski helped the Blue Devils to a 17-3 overall record including the ACC regular season and tournament championships and the program's second appearance in the national championship game.  The 17 victories match the NCAA single-season record also held by the 2005 Duke, 2006 Hofstra and 2006 Virginia teams.  Also in 2007, Duke earned its first number one national ranking in the USILA poll as well as the program's first number one seed in the NCAA Tournament.