Major League Lacrosse today announced that Charlotte Hounds attackman Matt Danowski has been named “Offensive Player of the Week” for Week 9 of the 2012 season, following a six (6) point performance in Saturday’s 13-12 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks at American Legion Memorial Stadium. Danowski scored four goals, including the game-winning 2-pointer, and added an assist to help the Hounds get their second straight victory.
Danowski scored three straight goals in the game’s final two and half minutes to bring the Hounds back from a 12-9 deficit and defeat the top-seeded Bayhawks 13-12. Shortly after Danowski pulled the Hounds within one with 1:25 left to play, the Bayhawks’ Kyle Dixon was called for a holding penalty that would put the Hounds man-up for the remainder of the game. Danowski took advantage and, with 22 seconds left, rather than go for the tie he ripped a point-blank, 2-point goal to win the game 13-12 for the Hounds.
After the game, Danowski said of the play that resulted in his game-winning goal, “A short stick was coming at me, I recognized that, and a pole switched out so I figured I’m gonna go back to some old school, shoot it overhand, try to get a bounce shot…luckily it went in.” With the win, the Hounds have put together their first win streak in franchise history. Danowski said, “We’ve gotten better. Our lineup seems like it’s set now, and we’re just coming together and we’re playing better lacrosse. There’s no secret to it, we’re just playing unselfish ball and trying to get better every week.”
This is Danowski’s fifth year playing MLL, and his fourth Offensive Player of the Week honor. He spent the previous three seasons with the Long Island Lizards before being traded to the Charlotte expansion franchise in January. He currently has a team-high 34 points, which also ranks him second in the league. Danowski’s four goals on Saturday are a season-high for the attackman.
The Hounds (3-6) look to keep momentum rolling as they kick off a four-game road trip with a rematch against the Denver Outlaws (6-3) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on July 14. The teams first met Week1 of the season, and the Outlaws prevailed 21-12.