Recently Notre Dame’s Matt Landis was named Epoch/LM Player of the Week, First Team All-American, and the NCAA defensive player of the year. The achievements and accolades are well deserved for an athlete who has demonstrated exceptional skills in his craft. Matt Landis’ lacrosse career, at the University of Notre Dame, began in 2013 after being ranked No. 66 on the Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshmen. In 15 games he picked up 23 ground balls with a season high 6 ground balls in the victory over Georgetown 10-8.
Matt also earned Big East Academic All-Star. Switching from long-pole to close defense in his sophomore year, he played 18 games, picking up 14 ground balls earning his 2nd monogram. While looking further back into Matt Landis’ sports career history a pattern begins to emerge.
Landis is no stranger to his skills and talent being on display or in the lime-light. Rated 18th best defenseman in the class of 2012 by Inside Lacrosse, and Four seasons of varsity lacrosse at Pelham Memorial High School. Four-time Westchester County All-League, and Westchester County All-Section junior and senior year campaigns. 2011 Westchester County All-League, and Westchester County All-Section in football sophomore and junior years. Division II First-team all-state in hockey junior and senior years. Three-time Westchester County All-League and two-time Westchester County All-Section.
The pattern that has emerged is one pure athleticism and success. Analysts and fans both know with an athlete with such raw talent on your team it is hard not to think about the future. The key to the team’s success will rely on staying focused and Matt Landis’ experience and leadership.