The 2015 Lacrosse season has finally finished, and no name has captured the hearts of people more than Notre Dame Fighting Irish player Matt Landis.
In recognition of his outstanding year and performances on the field, the defenseman from Notre Dame took home several different awards. The first award was earning the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award for the 2015 season. He was awarded this in May at the time when the lacrosse team had become incredibly hot, eventually leading to Notre Dame reaching the ACC lacrosse championship as the number one seed.
The second award he won was being named the “Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week,” shortly after defeating the Albany Great Danes in a 14-10 win. Landis earned this recognition after making the star player of the Great Danes virtually irrelevant over the course of the game, allowing him to score only one of the eleven attempted goals.
An award that was significant to the team as a whole, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish saw a record seven team players being named All-Americans, Landis undeniably being one of them. He was also one of the three to be named to the first team, mainly due to his skills in helping Notre Dame rank ninth in defense for ground balls and eighteenth in total scoring defense.
Lastly, Landis was given the William C. Schmeisser Award for Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. He won this for unsurprisingly, being the most spectacular and electrifying defensive player in men’s college lacrosse.
Even with all of these awards, Landis is headed towards his senior year now and more than likely will be returning to college lacrosse to try and pick up where he left off as far as awards, accolades and lacrosse is concerned.