June 20, 2016

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – By Leigh Torbin

The lengthy list of accolades bestowed upon Irish defenseman Matt Landis gained yet another line on Monday as he garnered the ACC’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor for men’s lacrosse.

The graduated senior from Pelham, New York, is also a recipient of an ACC post-graduate scholarship and is a member of the USILA’s Scholar All-American team.

Beyond the world of academics, Landis is a two-time recipient of the Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defensive player. He is also a two-time ACC Defenseman of the Year and a two-time first-team All-American. Landis was a finalist for the 2016 Tewaaraton Award for a 2016 season in which he served as a team captain on an Irish squad that went 11-4, shared the ACC regular season title and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.

Landis graduated in May with a degree in finance from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. He will begin work in July as an analyst for Jeffries, LLC in New York City. Landis also made his Major League Lacrosse debut on June 11 as his Boca Raton-based Florida Launch beat Denver, 1916. Landis caused a turnover and had a pair of ground balls in the Launch’s win.


Leigh Torbin, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2013 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame’s lacrosse teams while serving as the football publicity team’s top lieutenant. A native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Torbin graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He has previously worked full-time on the athletic communications staffs at Vanderbilt, Florida, Connecticut and UCF.