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Defenseman Matt Landis Leads the Way for Notre Dame

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Via Inside Lacrosse

Did you watch the NCAA Lacrosse Quarter Finals and nearly hold your breath the entire time? It was a stirring game, for sure, and it was exciting because of one player in particular – defenseman Matt Landis. Without Landis, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish couldn’t have pulled off their heart-crushing 14-10 win over The University of Albany’s Great Danes. The Fighting Irish ended the hopes of the Great Danes advancing for now two years in a row, and that couldn’t have happened without the strength and strategy of this team.

Inside Lacrosse reports that Matt Landis had a lot up against him. He was challenging a star player, Kyle Thompson. But what Landis did for his team is that he didn’t back down. He played an extremely physical game that really put Thompson to the test. Landis made it quite challenging for Thompson to get through and his reward for his effort was to be the first defenseman of the year name the Epoch/LM Player of the Week.

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Matt Landis won the Epoch/LM Player of the Week.

In part, that’s because Landis knew what to expect from Thompson. Landis is known to study his opponents, and he knew he couldn’t go up against Thompson without being as prepared as possible. Landis really stepped up for the Fighting Irish by playing a strong, physical defense that even the Great Danes noted was a challenge to them throughout the game. 

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Matt Landis makes us all want to watch more college lacrosse – and we’ll be doing it quite soon as the Fighting Irish advance to the Final Four game. There are other Notre Dame players to look out for too – including Segio Perkovic, who made four goals during the NCAA Lacrosse Quarter Finals and Connor Doyle (Gilman) who had three goals. Look out for the powerhouse that is Landis and his teammates to help his team go after their first NCAA Championship title.

Matt Landis Tops ACC Defenders

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After capping off a successful 2015 regular season, members of the Notre Dame Lacrosse team are starting to receive a number of accolades. Chief among them is one of the team’s mainstays, Matt Landis. Last week, the Conference coaches honored the Notre Dame’s junior by naming him the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in Men’s Lacrosse. The New York native had twice been named conference defensive player of the week and started all twelve games on a team that has allowed opponents a miserly 9.1 points per game. Notre Dame’s coach Kevin Corrigan praised his defenseman saying “Since his sophomore season, he has developed into a complete and multi-faceted defender and has been a consistent and steady player all year long for us. Matt plays with a relentlessness that has been a key for our success throughout the season.” Landis is also a finalist for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award which goes to the nation’s top collegiate lacrosse player.

This is Landis’ second year as a starter for the Irish who are looking to return to the NCAA finals again this year. Landis’ award follows the Irish being crowned the ACC regular-season champions and receiving a number one seed in the upcoming NCAA Lacrosse Tournament. This will make the Irish men’s tenth straight appearance in the tournament. Landis and the Irish will play Townson University this Saturday, April 10th. Landis, a finance major with a 3.4 GPA, will return as a senior leader for the Irish next year.

This article originally appeared on the PR NEWSWIRE

Why Lacrosse Is An Ancient Sport That’s Timeless

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They say that everything old is new again. Take the sport of lacrosse, for example. A premier sporting event on the North American continent for hundreds of years, the game has been rising through the ranks of inter-collegiate sports for years, and is an increasing presence on high school campuses as well.

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Before it was a summer camp staple, lacrosse was a game played by Native Americans

Lacrosse got its start in Canada, played by native groups possibly starting in the 1600’s. It is considered to be the oldest team sport played in North America. While the modern day sport takes equipment and some rules from its 17th century ancestor, there are differences as well. One would be in the size of the game. The number of players could range from several hundred to a thousand in the original version of the game. Another was the duration of the game. Ones with fewer players might last only a few hours. But larger games with many players could be epic events, with continuous play going on for days. The game only stopped for the day when the sun went down, and resumed the next morning with its rising. The dimensions of the lacrosse field were fairly fluid. Depending on the needs of that particular game, opposing goals could be placed several hundred feet apart, or there could be as much as six miles separating them. These older games certainly had rules to govern play. But they might not be the same rules from game to game, and it was not uncommon for them to be determined not long before that particular game was played. One “firm and fast” one that appeared to be common to all of these games was that once the ball was in play, it could not be touched with hands. Although many native tribes had a woman’s version of this game (and some men vs. women games were played), for the larger, inter-tribal events, only male players were permitted. Aggression among players in moving the ball towards the desired goal was encouraged. The game served as a (usually) non-lethal way for “frenemy” tribes to work out aggressions, and to train young warriors.

Canadian tribes eventually added non-netted sticks to their lacrosse equipment, but used no other equipment. The game moved beyond the boundaries of Canada into what is now the United States in the 1700’s, where it was adopted by some tribes living there. French colonists in Canada also adopted the game, developing a formal (and permanent) set of rules, and making the game less violent. The sport increased in popularity as time went on, with formal clubs forming, and the game eventually became Canada’s national sport. It caught on more slowly in the United States. An eastern college and prep school fixture since the mid twentieth century, the game has exploded on the high school and college level within the last decade.

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Matt Landis plays for Notre Dame.

One of the game’s stars is Notre Dame player Matt Landis. A defensive man, the junior was recently named Defensive Player Of The Week by the Atlantic Coast Conference for his part in Notre Dame’s victory over Virginia University.

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Matt Landis has been playing since high school.

A Pelham, NY native, Landis was a lacrosse team star during all four years at the town’s high school, and was heavily recruited by a number of major colleges to play for them upon graduation. He was named as one of Inside Lacrosse magazine’s top collegiate players in 2012, and is a fine representative of the popularity of this game that endures to this day.

Bret Bielema to Nebraska?

University of Arkansas football coach, Bret Bielema, looks to be the leading candidate to take over the vacant head coaching job at the University of Nebraska. Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst and Bielema have a relationship that goes back to their time together at the University of Wisconsin. Bielema spent seven years as the head coach at Wisconsin, leading them to three straight Rose Bowl appearance’s before leaving in 2012 to become the coach of Arkansas. His last game with Wisconsin was a 70-31 victory over Nebraska in the 2012 Big Ten Championship game, Bielema did not coach the team in the Rose Bowl.

Andrew Heiberger says that it makes sense for Bielema to return to the Big Ten, where he has had a ton of success already. He won nine games five times, and had three appearances in the Rose Bowl, something Nebraska hopes he can achieve with them. Also, Bielema has not been able to succeed in the tough SEC West, with records of 3-9 and 6-6 in his two years there. The SEC West features teams like Auburn, Alabama, and Mississippi State. Arkansas did play Alabama and Mississippi State tough, and he led Arkansas to two shutout wins over LSU and Ole Miss. Known as a great recruiter, Bielema could use his Wisconsin background to bring recruits to Nebraska, and look for them to contend for Big Ten titles in the future if Bielema does go to Nebraska. 

Georgia RB Gurley Suspended By NCAA For Four Games

Todd Gurley, once a leading Heisman candidate on the Georgia football team, has been suspended for four games by the NCAA for accepting over $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items.

The University of Georgia originally hoped that Gurley could serve a two game suspension, but the NCAA felt that a four game suspension would be more appropriate for his infractions.

The NCAA is taking a hard stance on this case. By issuing such a long suspension considering the relatively few number of games in a college season, the NCAA is issuing a statement to all players that they should not be profiting from selling their image or name. Whether the NCAA can keep up with the issue or not is a different story. Sports fans like Christian just want to see the games and not let the behind the scenes drama change the sport.

In big money sports, such as basketball and football, college athletes are used to bring in millions of dollars for the university. Proponents of extra compensation feel that the students should be able to share in those profits.