Lacrosse player, Matt Landis is best known for his career in Notre Dame University. In high school, he also played football and hockey. In 2012, he won the Russ Simons Sportsmanship Award and was named Pelham Memorial Athlete of the Year. In 2010, he accepted a scholarship to Notre Dame University. He is especially known for his talent with one-on-one coverage and on-ball coverage. During an interview with LaxLessons, Landis commented that it took some practice for him to get used to covering the ball from both his left and right side.
Landis excelled in sports from the time he was a small child. While attending high school at Pelham Memorial High, Landis was very active not only in sports but also in volunteering and academics. During his senior season, he earned all-state honors and played All-Section for Westchester Abbey during his junior and senior years. However, his school teams were not the only lacrosse teams that he was active on.
He also played for Roy Colsey’s Superstar and the Empire games. He later chose to play for Notre Dame over Johns Hopkins and the Univesities of Massachussetts, Brown and Colgate. The Navy also offered him an opportunity to play for them and he also chose Notre Dame over them. When he was asked why in the LaxLessons interviewed, he replied that it was because he liked the combination of the family-like atmosphere and that all of Notre Dame’s athletics are held to only the highest Division I standards.
During his freshman year, Landis ranked #66 on the Inside Lacrosse “Power Lacrosse Freshman” list and as 18th best defenseman.
Landis has proven to be an example for not just all other athletes out there but also for other kids overall. From childhood, Landis knew what his passions were and never looked back. Landis is also very positive and seems to focus only on what’s available to him rather than on what isn’t. Landis is an example of never giving up on your passions and pursuing them to the maximum extent.