The Notre Dame lacrosse team have advanced to the semi-final’s of the NCAA tournament on the back of a strong defensive display headed by star player Matt Landis. In lacrosse the star player for any team is generally a goalscorer or player responsible for many assists, but this season has seen Notre Dame come to rely increasingly strongly on the defensive play of Landis. His performance against the Albany Great Danes was so good that the Fighting Irish defender was awarded the prestigious Epoch/LM player of the week award, which has not been given to a defensive player all season.
The 14-10 victory over Albany moved the number one seeded Notre Dame team into the semi-final’s and was quickly followed by the news that three of the Irish team had been named as USILA All-American first team players. Matt Landis was again in the group named to this exclusive list as the ever present defensive star completed his fourteenth game of the season, which has included 12 forced turnovers. Matt Landis has become an indispensable member of the Notre Dame team over the course of the season and the tactics for the quarter-final against Albany were based around Landis performing well against offensive star Lyle Thompson. In helping to hold the Albany team to far less than their usual points per game average Landis cemented his place in the All American squad and assured lacrosse experts that he deserved his player of the week award.