Just going by the release sent out through PR Newswire, you can tell Matt Landis has had a very good year. The Notre Dame Lacrosse defenseman has racked up four awards this year starting with the Atlantic Coast Conference 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year award due to his performance against the Albany Great Danes. In the same week, he also had been nominated for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award. He was recently named the Player of the Week by Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine, an honor he has previously received. He has also been named as an All-American player, one of seven from Notre Dame-a record for that university. Lastly, Matt Landis was also named the William C. Schmeisser Award Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The USILA presents this award, named after Johns Hopkins University coach and player William C. “Father Bill” Schmeisser, who coached and played at that school in the early 1900’s.
Matt Landis attends Notre Dame, a Catholic university in South Bend, Indiana. He’s a junior studying at the Mendoza College of Business and is one of the strongest players on the lacrosse team.
The Notre Dame Lacrosse program operates under three pillars. These are Character, Culture, and Community. By emphasizing these tenets, the program hopes to enrich the lives of its student athletes to make them better people. Currently, the Lacrosse team is ranked 12th in the nation in caused turnovers (7.71 per game), 18th nationally in scoring defense (9.21 goals allowed). The defense of the Lacrosse team is ranked 9th in the US in ground balls (32.57 per game). The work of Matt Landis has helped to place his team as the number one seed at the ACC championship.
Did you catch the NCAA Lacrosse Quarter Finals? If you didn’t, you really missed an amazing game. Hard-charging and exciting, this game was one for the 2015 record books. Viewers weren’t so sure the Notre Dame Fighting Irish could hold off the University of Albany’s Great Danes, but they did – ending Albany’s chances at advancement for a second year in a row.
How did they do it? It wouldn’t have been possible without star player Matt Landis, who fought to the end against Albany’s Lyle Thompson. Thompson had a goal and four assists in the quarterfinal game – the last of his college career. It wouldn’t have been possible without Matt Landis, Notre Dame’s coach Kevin Corrigan said according to Inside Lacrosse. It was Landis who guarded Thompson as well as one can and he was awarded Epoch/LM Player of the Week for his successful efforts.
Landis’ performance was strong and physical. Inside Lacrosse notes that Landis made the extra effort to study how Lyle Thompson played, and the result was being able to anticipate some of his moves. Landis really kept after Thompson, which made it hard for Thompson to get a clearing to get through. When you have a great defenseman, you allow your team to rise up behind you. And that truly is the case in this Fighting Irish game.
Now that you’ve gotten a preview of Landis’ performance, it’s time to gear up for the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four. We fully expect Matt Landis to come through, and we look forward to watching him topple another team very soon! Matt Landis will not disappoint with his physical strength and quick thinking on the field — two attributes of a great defenseman!
Matt Landis attends the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He is an invaluable member of the Note Dame Lacrosse Team with 2 ACC defensive player of the week honors and one of the main factors for their 4-0 regular season leading to a 9-2 overall. Not only has Matt been a starter for the team since his sophomore year he has also played in a total of 44 matches since becoming one of The Fighting Irish. Now he is honored with ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
This year has been one for the record books, for sure. Matt has started all 11 games this season, caused 7 turnovers and collected 22 ground balls. He has become the leader of the defensive unit that has allowed a spare 9.10 average of goals per game. His defensive technique has been like none other seen on the Lacrosse field. He seems to play with a purpose and on the field, it shows.
Not only did he win the ACC defensive player of the year award he is also up for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award. 5 men and women will be selected for the award and it will be announced today May 7th. Winners will be invited to the 15th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony which will be held May 28th in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Not only is Matt nominated for the award so are 2 of his teammates. Matt Kavanagh and Sergio Perkovic. Notre Dame is currently the number-one seed at the ACC Championship, even with their number 2 ranking. Matt Landis and The Fighting Irish sure are fighters!
Best of luck to Matt and his team for the Tewaaraton Award. Congratulations Matt Landis for the ACC Defensive player of the year!