The accolades continue to pileup for Matt Landis. The defensemen on the Norte Dame Lacrosse team has added a multitude of awards to his resume over the past year. In early May he was awarded with the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year award. He also won the William C. Schmeisser Award for Outstanding Defensive player in men’s collegiate lacrosse and was nominated for the Tewaarton Award, which recognizes the most astounding lacrosse player in the country.
Over the course of the season, numerous media outlets also presented Landis with player of the week awards and routinely highlighted his defensive ability. Along with three other teammates on the Fighting Irish, Landis was recognized as an All-American for the sport as well. His tight defense helped Notre Dame obtain the number one seed in the ACC championship and a trip to the NCAA Championship semi-finals. On the year the Fighting Irish were ranked 9th in the nation in ground balls (32.57 per game), 12th in turnovers (7.71 per game) and 18th overall in scoring defense (9.21 goals allowed).
A business major studying in the Medoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, Landis still has another year of eligibility left to attain more awards. As a prominent member of the 2016 team, Landis figures to compete nationally for major awards—such as the Tewaarton. His defensive ability should position Notre Dame as a force to be reckoned with in the ACC and favorite for the 2016 NCAA Lacrosse Championship.