With the 2016 season around the corner, expectations are high for the Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Team. The Irish went 4-0 for the regular season and finished 9-2 overall. Their success is due in no small part by a stingy defense led by senior Matt Landis.
There are two games in particular that showed the emergence of Landis and the Notre Dame defense. First during March was an 11-9 victory over then seventh-ranked Virgina. The Fighting Irish held Virginia scoreless for the first 22 minutes and just nine goals, their lowest of the season. As a result, Landis was recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive player of the week.
While Notre Dames defense has been consistent all season, their early May 14-10 victory against Albany was especially worth noting. This was the last collegiate game for Albany attackman, Lyle Thompson. The Fighting Irish defense led by Landis held the Great Danes player to shooting only 1-for-11, far below his average. For his effort, Matt Landis was recognized a second time as the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. He was also recognized as the Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week, the first defensive player to earn the title this year.
So impressive was his play that Landis was voted by league coaches as the Atlantic Coast Conference 2015 Defensive Player of the Year. He also a nominee for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award.