The return to the practice field for the men’s lacrosse sqaud at the University of Notre Dame is always a time for excitement and nerves for the freshmen arriving at the university for the first time. In the shadow of victory in the opening game of the football season for the Irish, the men’s lacrosse squad took to the practice field to begin the tricky process of integrating new players into those returning to college. The squad sees a number of top freshmen recruits arriving this season and hopes they can inspire the existing squad members to improve on their semi-final position at the close of last season.
One team player who knows all about the nerves and excitment of arriving at Notre Dame with a high level of expectation is defenseman Matt Landis. Arriving on campus for the 2013 season, Landis was ranked in the top 100 prospects leaving high school to join the collegiate lacrosse ranks. Landis had always dreamed of playing for the Fighting Irish and committed to a scholarship to the university during his high school sophomore year.
The 2014 season could be seen as the breakout year for Landis after his play was rewarded with a number of national award nominations and the Lacrosse Magazine player of the week award. Landis will be looked upon as a leader for the lacrosse team in many ways during the coming season as he is now classed as one of the elite players in college lacrosse. Not only can the Notre Dame lacrosse squad look to Matt Landis for on the field leadership, he can also be used as an example of how to combine sporting and academic success for all college athletes.
An initial scrimmage between the squad showed great signs for the coming season as strong defensive play was combined with fast, agile attacking work. As practices have continued the leaders in the squad have been looking to assist the many freshmen in adapting to the needs of the college game and in settling into life on campus.