Lacrosse Player Matt Landis Racks Up Accolades as Season Comes to a Close

Notre Dame Defenseman Finishes Junior Year With Four Major Honors

May 26, 2015, 15:03 ET from Matt Landis

SOUTH BEND, Ind., May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2015 NCAA Lacrosse season completed, awards for outstanding athletes have been distributed throughout the league. Notre Dame Lacrosse defenseman Matt Landis picked up four coveted awards for his May 16th performance against the Albany Great Danes as well as his stellar play throughout the year.

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First he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year in early May. He was also honored with a nomination for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award. His tireless efforts on the field helped place the Notre Dame team as the number one seed at the ACC championship.

Last week Matt Landis was again recognized as the Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week for his defense against Albany's Lyle Thompson leading to Notre Dame's 14-10 victory. Landis, with support from his defensive teammates, neutralized the star player the entire game, holding him to only 1 out of 11 goals made in Thompson's final college game. Landis was the first defensive player to earn the Epoch/LM Player of the Week title this year.

Notre Dame's outstanding year resulted in a school-record seven Fighting Irish players being named All-American. Matt Landis was one of three players to be named first team. Landis was chosen for his leadership of a defense that ranks ninth in the nation in ground balls (32.57 per game), 12th in the country in caused turnovers (7.71 per game) and 18th nationally in scoring defense (9.21 goals allowed).

Landis was also named the William C. Schmeisser Award Outstanding Defensive Player of the year to the NCAA's most outstanding defenseman in men's college lacrosse. The award is presented by the USILA and is named after William C. "Father Bill" Schmeisser, a player and coach for Johns Hopkins University in the early 1900s.

About Matt Landis

Matt Landis is a collegiate level athlete, who's well known for his contributions on the lacrosse field. Currently attending the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, he continues to be a mainstay of the lacrosse program, and remains one of their most promising defenders.

About Notre Dame Lacrosse

The University of Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse team pursues excellence on and off the field through the three pillars in which the program is built: Character, Culture & Community. These three foundational values guide the promise of the program, which is to provide its student-athletes with the most compelling and enriching experience in all of college athletics. Through academics, competition, service and travel, the program aims to immerse its players in situations that enhance their student-athlete experience to help them become the people, students and teammates they aspire to be.


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