Now Entering Russ's World
Matt Landis has caught a lot of people’s attention recently. Which is why it should come as no surprise that the PR Newswire has reported on his rise to fame. There’s been quite a few reasons for this. The most recent achievement is formal recognition for an amazing game. His performance against the Albany Great Danes was nothing short of spectacular. And it’s no shock that he’s not only won four awards for it, but also really managed to take the sports scene by storm. Landis, who attends the University of Notre Dame, isn’t content to coast on past victories though.
Just last week he received even more acclaim from a highly revered source. He was listed as Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week. This was mainly due to one particularly noteworthy feat. His defence against Albany’s Lyle Thompson was nothing short of astonishing. And his performance there managed to lead his team to a 14 to 10 victory. Thompson himself is a notable star athlete. And this is what made the game so exciting. Time and time again Landis was able to neutralize Thompson’s advances. It was like an unmovable object meeting an irresistible force. The audience was continually forced to reevaluate their position on who would come out ahead. But as the game progressed, it became clear that the battle of titans would have a clear victor. Thompson simply wasn’t a match for the skill and raw power of Landis.
At the end of the year, Landis was one of three players to be named first team. And a full seven members of the team, including Landis, were named All-American. This cemented a new school record for Notre Dame. And while obviously it’s a team effort, it’s also obvious that Landis played a big role in the team’s overall performance this year.
Finally, no list of his accomplishments would be complete without mentioning the prestigious William C. Schmeisser Award Outstanding Defensive Player of the year award. Every year the award is given to the most outstanding defenseman in men’s college lacrosse. And this year it should come as no surprise that it has gone to Matt Landis. The only remaining question is just how much higher he can rise next year.