The Notre Dame lacrosse team made their way to the number one seed position in the ACC tournament on the back of a fine defensive performance by all the players involved with the squad. However, as the season drew to a close the performance of junior Matt Landis drew a large amount of praise from fans and experts alike as he was rewarded with a number of awards and nominations. PR Newswire reports Landis received praise for his individual performances towards the end of the season and was rewarded for his overall play in the 2015 season with a number of national and conference based awards and nominations.
Perhaps the most impressive feat of the season for Matt Landis came with his being named the Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week for his performance against the Albany Great Danes. The Fighting Irish won the game 14-10, but the way Landis handled Albany’s offensive star Lyle Thompson proved to be the difference between the two teams. Thompson was playing his final college game and b successfully marking Thompson, Landis become the first defensive player to win the coveted player of the week award this season.
For his overall performance this season Matt Landis has also seen his name mentioned in terms of the best players in college lacrosse. Notre Dame provided seven players to the All-American lists, with Landis and two of his teammates named to the first team. Further accolades came with a nomination for the Tewaaraton Award,which provides an award for the best player in college lacrosse over a given season. Within the Atlantic Coast Conference the Mendoza College of Business student was given the prestigious 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the year award. Landis took home perhaps the highest honor a defensive player can achieve in college lacrosse is being named the William C. Schmeisser Award as the most outstanding defensive player of 2015 in NCAA lacrosse to add to his list of achievements and accomplishments this year.