The University of Notre Dame has had a successful men’s lacrosse team in the NCAA Division I since the 1981 season when it became a varsity program
. Currently, they are a part of the ACC, which awarded player Matt Landis the Defensive Player of the Year Award. The Fighting Irish regularly find their way to the NCAA championship tournament and have produced numerous All-Americans. Several players such as Matt Landis have also been nominated for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is similar to football’s Heisman Trophy. Team leaders consistently have an impressive number of goals for scorers, as well as high save percentages as goalies.
These players not only dominate on the field, but also in the classroom and in the community. The men do well academically, and the team has had a 100% graduation rate since its inception. Eight players were recently named
to the ACC’s All-Academic Team. Another seventeen completed internships
over the summer, at such high-end companies as Morgan Stanley, The Riverside Company, and Whiting-Turner. Matt Landis interned at Jefferies in New York. Strong focus is given to the alumni-student connection away from the playing field as alumni mentor current players.
In their local community, Matt Landis and the Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Team have a weekly mentoring program in which they partner with the Dickinson Fine Arts Academy. The student-athletes mentor younger students through hands-on experiences, teaching them skills in critical thinking, motivation, and sportsmanship. This community service earned them the recognition of the ACC/United Way as local “Game Changers.”
Outside of their immediate location, the team also travels to mentor youth. For example, they also recently traveled to Chicago for the fourth annual “Playing for Peace” youth clinic with O.W.L.S. Lacrosse.
Notre Dame prides itself on creating effective global citizens, as well as boasting a strong sports program.