There’s nothing like an unlikely run to the NCAA Division I championship game to boost recruiting.

Just ask Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish, who finished the 2010 regular season7-6 and barely received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, wound up advancing all the way to the title game, where they nearly stunned Duke, before falling 6-5 in overtime in the lowest scoring D-I final in men’s lacrosse history.

Though the Irish came up just short in the that game, they’ve been coming up big when it comes to landing prized recruits.

The Irish’s latest commitment comes from one of the top junior defensemen in the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, Matt Landis of Pelham.

The most heavily recruited boys lacrosse player in PHS history, Landis, an athletic and rangy player with good size and foot speed, narrowed his choices to UND and Johns Hopkins.

Landis, who is also a football and hockey standout for the Pelicans, was a standout on the Hudson Valley Empire State Games team .

He gained notice from Notre Dame and Hopkins both there and at several other summer events, including the Section 1 Showcase at John Jay.

ND is ranked seventh in the Face-Off Yearbook Top 20 coaches’ preseason rankings, which you can check out by clicking here. (For the Division II and Division III rankings, click here. For a look at Face-Off Yearbook’s preseason Division I All-Americans, click here.)

recruiting_updateHere’s a Q&A with Matt on his commitment:

What were the main factors in your decision to attend Notre Dame?
I really liked the family aspect and togetherness of the school community and everyone there. I also really liked the idea of going to a school where all the athletic programs are top-notch Division I teams. Most importantly though, Notre Dame offers an incredible education that will help me throughout life.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Throughout the admissions process, I was considering UMass, Colgate, Brown, Navy and Johns Hopkins. Johns Hopkins though, was the only other school I visited besides Notre Dame. Hopkins had a lot to offer and it was a difficult decision.

What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
Now that I have made the commitment to play lacrosse at the next level, I need to improve my off hand so that I’m equally comfortable handling the ball between my right and left.

In addition I want to increase my agility, footwork and in-game knowledge so I’ll be able to sync into a higher level defensive program.

Having said that, I have two seasons of lacrosse to improve my skills to be prepared to participate in lacrosse at the college level

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I excel at on-ball coverage, and I relish the opportunity to play a man one-on-one. But this style of play has to be sacrificed in some cases to conform to the overall defensive scheme to make sure that everyone is on the same page, and goals aren’t let up.

When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
This past summer was my first experience playing out of high school lacrosse on Roy Colsey’s Superstar team, and the Empire games coached by Tim Schurr and Dave McNally.

At first, it was daunting, but I found I was able to play with high-level high school lacrosse players at the Empire games, and in summer tournaments. I reasoned that if I could keep up with college prospects then, if I kept on improving I could eventually play against college players.

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13 Responses to “Pelham star Landis picks Notre Dame over Hopkins”

  1. Pelican Brief says:

    Well done Matthew. Congrats. It’s amazing you have emerged as such a major lax recruit with all the time and effort you have put into Pelham hockey and football. What other Notre Dame/Hopkins caliber recruits in lax play 3 sports these days?

  2. slacrosse says:

    Not surprised.

    Aside from obviously being a very talented 3 sport (football, hockey) athlete he does have real high D1 lax potential which ND (believe Hopkins as well) saw. Saw Landis during the season and particularly this summer. Although somewhat raw at this stage, he’s got good size, is very aggressive with his stick, has great balance and very quick legs which allows him to stay centered and close to who ever he’s guarding (as a DM).

    With him still having 2 seasons + 2 summers of lax to play before ND, he’ll be able to refine/improve his lax skills and be one of ND’s top recruits.

    Good for Section 1 and a lesser known lax school like Pelham.

  3. Lax Novice says:

    Congratulations to Section One’s first recruit from the Class of 2012. Good luck in South bend!

  4. HV Laxer says:

    Great choice Matt. Congrats man.

  5. Just sayin says:

    He’s a sick athlete. Just needs to work on his stick and knowledge of the game…

  6. Laxer says:

    Congrats Landisss

  7. ESG Laxerrrr says:

    Nice… Landis and McCormick will be a sick combo at ND…

  8. Green Gold says:

    Good job Landisssss

  9. SportsGuy says:

    The first time Matt Landisnever picked upna lacrosse stick was in 8th grade for him. That was April of 2008.

  10. SportsGuy says:

    Landis ever***

  11. SportsGuy says:

    Up a **
    Sorry for the misspells

  12. Superstarrr says:

    Congrats Matt, you were my favorite pole to play with this past summer. Best of luck

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