Matt Landis: Immovable In The Battle for A National Title
As the 2015 season came to a close, there is indisputably no other defensive player who galvanized a collegiate team as Matt Landis did with the Fighting Irish. This Notre Dame defenseman earned 4 prestigious awards in this sole season, fighting off Albany’s Lyle Thompson, their go-to attack man and all-time career points leader. Landis was the first defenseman honored this year for Lacrosse Magazine’s Player of the Week and helped seed the Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse troupe as #1 in the ACC Championship. A gut-wrenching 11-10 loss to Denver in the National Semifinals, however, caused Landis and the fighting Irish to come short in bringing home Notre Dame’s first national title.
As an anchor to Notre Dame’s Defense, leader to his team on and off the field, and with 2 years of experience in the starting lineup, Landis is on the brink of bringing home an ACC crown and, what may be, the program’s first national title.
Behind Landis stands a heavily built defense that overflows into their attack and allows them to resemble more of an aggressive battleship ship than a cautious cruise ship. Showing promise throughout this new 2016 season will be something that Landis and the Notre Dame team will demonstrate plenty of due to the depth of returning players and the experience that will be shared among them. Landis will be able to lead with laser-like focus on the success and performance of the team as a whole and not have to worry about the minor factors that impale a team during regular season match-ups. As the team’s defensive anchor and leader, Landis shows promise in standing up to those torrential downpours that teams will be dishing out. Doing what he does best, minimizing his opponent’s attacks.
Anchors don’t move, they hold the ship in its place. Landis looks undaunted by their loss to Denver as they move to the 2016 season and unnerved by the fact that teams will be eyeing him during games. A subpar performance is not his character, relentless pursuit of a championship is.