The San Diego Seals will begin their inaugural season in the National Lacrosse League this fall. In an ongoing series, AXS Sports is profiling the free agents the Seals have signed to date. The sixth profile focuses on defender Matt Landis.
Landis is one of four players the Seals signed to a two-year contract this past Wednesday. The others were Garrett Epple, Marcus Holman and Erik Kratz.
At 6'2", 195 pounds, Landis is 24 years of age. As a teenager, Landis attended Pelham Memorial High School, where he excelled in lacrosse, hockey and football. He was the Pelham Memorial High School athlete of the year in 2012.
After high school, Landis played his college lacrosse with the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In 2015 and 2016, Landis won the William C. Schmeisser Award, which is presented to the top defenseman in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Landis was also the first player from the University of Notre Dame to win the award. Interestingly, John Sexton of the University of Notre Dame won the William C. Schmeisser Award in 2018.
The last three years Landis has played in the outdoor Major Lacrosse League. He played for the Florida Launch in 2016, the Boston Cannons in 2017 and New York Lizards in 2018. In 30 career regular season games, Landis has one assist, one point, 19 penalty minutes, collected 107 ground balls, four shots, three shots on goal and one faceoff win. Landis recorded his first career MLL point with an assist on a goal by Paul Rabil in a 15-14 Lizards win over the Ohio Machine on June 30, 2018.