And the awards just keep on rolling in for Notre Dame lacrosse player Matt Landis. The defenseman is one of the most talented in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the U.S. Landis has won numerous awards over his highly-successful tenure at Notre Dame. He recently on four awards for his outstanding performance against rival Albany Great Danes.
In May, Landis received the prestigious award of ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He was also nominated for the 2015 Tewaarton Award, and in the same week, he was named Player of the Week by Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine. Against Albany, Landis put on a defensive clinic by helping his teammates hold the Great Danes number one player, Lyle Thompson, to 1 goal in 11 attempts. Landis gives a great deal of credit to his team for their unwaving support. “It’s a team effort,” says Landis. “I couldn’t have achieved all that I have without my teammates.” This year, he was named a Lacrosse First Team All-American; Six of his teammates were also named to All-American teams.
Landis also received the coveted William T Schmeisser Award in honor of the John Hopkins defenseman who played in the early 1900s. The award is given every year to the most outstanding defensive player in the league. Landis is ranked in the top ten of every category, and the Fighting Irish have dominated the ACC for several years.
Landis excels both on and off the field. He is very active in the community and gives back. Landis volunteers his time at local schools and shelters. He also teaches lacrosse lessons to area children. Landis is a business major at the Mendoza Business College and due to graduate in 2016. He is widely-renowned as an outstanding individual who is committed to excellence and the betterment of others.