April 1, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the second time in three weeks, University of Notre Dame junior defenseman Matt Landis has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. Landis shared this week’s honor with North Carolina’s Stephen Kelly.
While Landis copped an individual accolade, the entire Notre Dame squad was named the NCAA.com Men’s Lacrosse Team of the Week after defeating top-ranked Syracuse, 13-12 in double-overtime, on Saturday at Arlotta Stadium.
Landis (Pelham, N.Y.) and the Fighting Irish defense limited Syracuse to just three first-half goals, which was the Orange’s second-lowest scoring output in any half this season. Notre Dame held Syracuse without a goal for 18:54 during portions of the second and third quarters en route to building the 9-3 lead that signified Syracuse’s largest deficit of the season. The Irish also delivered in overtime as they thwarted both Syracuse possessions during the extra periods. Landis picked up two ground balls and forced one turnover in the contest.
Notre Dame has produced the ACC Defensive Player of the Week each of the last three weeks. Landis has copped the accolade twice in that span, while sophomore goalie Shane Doss garnered the citation last week.
No. 1 Notre Dame (6-1, 2-0 ACC) returns to action Saturday at No. 7 Duke (7-3, 0-2 ACC). The ACC showdown is slated for 5 p.m. (ET) at Koskinen Stadium and it can be seen on ESPNU.
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