Notre Dame may be the number one lacrosse team in the nation, but they did not take for granted their position in the quarter finals against Albany, Inside Lacrosse reports. Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan was full of praise for his team as they recorded a 14-10 victory over the Danes and maintained their number one spot in the nation going into the semi finals.
Corrigan was quick to mention the play of defender Matt Landis who has grown into one of the top players in the nation after becoming a regular starter for the Fighting Irish during his sophomore year. Landis was pitted against one of the top offensive players in the nation in the shape of Lyle Thompson who was restricted by Landis to very few looks at goal. Landis and his fellow defenders had practiced specifically for the play of Thompson in the buildup to the game and the attention to detail showed as Landis refused Thompson the space he requires for his best play. Landis was awarded the title Epoch/LM Player of the Week for his performance.
Matt Landis has been a standout performer for the Irish this season and is now hoping to lead his team to an NCAA tournament victory after the game plan for the semi final was based on his ability to stop Thompson scoring. Landis explained after the game that players had emulated the movement of Thompson in practice to allow Landis and his fellow defenders the chance to become accustomed to the opponent they faced in the quarter final match up. Coach Corrigan eventually stated he felt Landis could not have performed any better against Thompson and the rest of the Albany offense than he did during the game.