Being named as Atlantic Coast Conference 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year could be one person’s claim to fame. For Notre Dame’s lacrosse defenseman, it’s just another accolade to add to his sterling career so far. 2015 has been a massive year for this lacrosse sensation. Notre Dame’s legacy as a successful lacrosse team is only continuing with Matt Landis leading the team. Even though the team’s success is his ultimate goal, he is being awarded for his amazing efforts for driving the team to being the number one seed in the ACC Championship. His outstanding campaign this season saw him stop Albany’s top player Lyle Thompson to only 1 goal in 11 attempts. This resulted in him winning the Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week; a first of the season for any defender. His efforts and amazing season helped Notre Dame, as a team, boast 7 All-Americans; a school record. Landis was recognized by NCAA as a top defensive player for 2015.
In any sport, many will say defense wins championships. This statement is just as true for Matt Landis and his defensive unit. Landis has started all 14 games this season and even caused 12 turnovers, a record bested by only one other on the team this year.
Notre Dame’s illustrious reputation for education was not lost on Landis. Landis maintained a 3.6 GPA while working part-time as well. His efforts and drive for success was paramount in a successful 2015 for himself, Notre Dame and lacrosse. Going into his senior season, Matt Landis looks to continue his success while leading Notre Dame to another wonderful season.