... during a Premier Lacrosse League game on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in Atlanta. (Gail Burton/AP Images for Premier Lacrosse League)

Matt Danowski Announces Retirement

By Joe Keegan

PLL Analyst

Feb 22, 2021

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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