Feb. 18, 2016
University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse senior standouts Matt Landis and Matt Kavanagh, both first-team All-Americans in 2015, were selected among the top five players in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft held last month in Baltimore.
The Florida Launch made Landis, a defenseman, the third overall pick and the first defenseman selected. The Denver Outlaws followed by making Kavanagh, an attack, the fifth overall selection.
The Atlanta Blaze selected Duke midfielder Myles Jones first, while the Charlotte Hounds selected Syracuse attack Dylan Donahue second and Johns Hopkins attack Ryan Brown fourth.
Landis represents the highest selection for a Notre Dame player in the MLL Draft, and Landis and Kavanagh are easily the highest-drafted combination of Irish players. Previous Irish first-round picks were Mike Podgajny (seventh overall) in 2008, Zach Brenneman (fifth overall) in 2011 (he was the previous high pick from Notre Dame) and Jack Near (seventh overall) in 2015.
Both Landis and Kavanagh are 2016 preseason first-team All-Americans in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook, they also are first-team picks on the 2016 Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference squad and both won first-team United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America honors in 2015.
Kavanagh (Rockville Centre, New York/Chaminade/Hotchkiss), a two-time All-ACC selection, registered a team-high 52 points last season on 27 goals and 25 assists. Landis (Pelham, New York/Pelham Memorial), the 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, anchored a Notre Dame defense that ranked ninth nationally in ground balls (33.07 per game), 12th in caused turnovers (7.80 per game) and 19th in scoring defense (9.33 goals allowed). Landis also is an honorary ACC postgraduate scholarship recipient for 2016.
Both Kavanagh and Landis are among the captains for the Irish in 2016.
As a unit, Notre Dame captured the ACC regular-season title in 2015 in just its second season as a conference member. Baumer Family head coach Kevin Corrigan and his Irish captured the title with a thrilling come-from-behind 15-14 win over then second-ranked North Carolina. Notre Dame concluded the season with an undefeated 4-0 conference standing.
The Fighting Irish appeared in the NCAA Championship for the 10th straight year in 2015 (as the number one overall seed) and advanced to Championship Weekend for the fourth time in the last six seasons and fifth time overall in program history. Notre Dame fell to Denver 11-10 in the national semifinal game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to finish with a 12-3 overall record.
Here’s a complete history of previous Notre Dame MLL Draft selections:
|2006||DJ Driscoll||2nd||Los Angeles|
|Pat Walsh||4th||Long Island|
|2007||Brian Hubschmann||5th||Long Island|
|2008||Mike Podgajny||1st (7th)||San Francisco|
|Joey Kemp||3rd||Los Angeles|
|Taylor Clagett||5th||Los Angeles|
|Regis McDermott||3rd||Long Island|
|2011||Zach Brenneman||1st (5th)||Long Island|
|Sam Barnes||5th||Long Island|
|Steve Murphy||7th||New York|
|2015||Jack Near||1st (7th)||Rochester|
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