Matt Landis is a a lacrosse player that currently plays and has received many awards for playing on the Notre Dame men’s Fighting Irish. Notre Dame lacrosse is famous throughout the sport’s world, and it is also known for turning out great academic achievers. Matt is the epitome of a great athlete. He plays as a defenseman for a famous lacrosse team, and 2015 has been a banner year for Matt. The awards and accolades he has recently racked up include First Team All-American, the Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week, the NCAA defensive player of the year, and the Atlantic Coast Conference 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He was awarded all four of these in May of 2015.
Matt Landis is particularly noteworthy for his performance against the Albany Great Danes on May 16, 2015, but he also had an amazing year playing for Notre Dame. He wasn’t alone though, and due to Notre Dame excelling so much at lacrosse, Matt was able to be a part of seven other players from the Fighting Irish to be awarded All-American status. Matt was named first team All-American because his leadership of Notre Dame’s defense is well known. The team ranks number 12th in the country for caused turnovers, ranked 18th nationwide in scoring on defense and a rank of 9th nationally in overall defense which is greatly in part due to Matt’s defensive leadership. His leadership against the Albany star-player that all but neutralized the opposing teams offense is what led to the victory of the Fighting Irish and Matt being named the Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week.
Academics in lacrosse at Notre dame is amazing. Every single lacrosse player has gone on to graduate and many receive academic honors, and Matt appears to be no exception. Matt may be known for athletic accomplishments, but he is also an accomplished student. Right now, Matt is attending the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame, and he’s doing very well.
Matt embodies the school’s three pillars on which the lacrosse program is built on. The program focuses on character, community and culture, and Matt proves himself in all three both on the field and off of the field. It is important to the school to see their athletes become the students, players and people they aspire to be, and Matt Landis is on the right track.