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Matt Landis: Notre Dame Lacrosse Superstar

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As the 2015 NCAA Lacrosse season drew to a close, one player stood out and far beyond the pack. Matt Landis led his team’s defense to nearly shutout the Albany Great Dane’s Lyle Thompson, who gained only a single goal from 11 attempts in the final game of the season. He is credited with being the most effective player for Notre Dame, leading to the college’s victory, final score: 14-10.

His heroic drive this season did not go unnoticed. He received 4 top-level awards for this season: Atlantic Coast Conference 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, he was nominated for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award, named the William C. Schmeisser Award Outstanding Defensive Player of the year for college lacrosse, and finally Landis landed the Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week, recognition of his victorious defense against Lyle Thompson. Matt Landis is the first player in defense to win the Epoch/LM Player of the Week, this year.

The William C. Schmeisser Award is named after William C. “Father Bill” Schmeisser, who was a coach and before that a player in the early 1900s, for Johns Hopkins University. All this has fulfilled the promise of his performance above and beyond, noted throughout the year. He has remained steadfast and driven in helping Notre Dame earn the number one seed in the ACC championship. What Landis holds for Notre Dame’s future in lacrosse is yet to be seen. This is only his junior year at the college. His senior year should prove to be most interesting, to say the least.

UFC Takes Over Scotland

For the first time ever, the UFC will head to Scotland to hold an event. On Monday, the UFC announced that it will hold UFC Fight Night 72 on Saturday July 18 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The headliner for the event will showcase a middleweight bout between British star Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping and Brazilian sensation Thales “Qnet” Leites. The fighters are ranked number nine and number eight respectfully. Bisping has a record of 26-7, while Leites is 25-4.

David Allen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of UFC EMEA, stated that there has been an overwhelming cry from Scottish fans to host an event there. The support and enthusiasm shown by Scottish fans has been enormous. He also thinks that the Scottish fans will be louder than the Irish fans. An Irish crowd broke the decibel record at an event last year in Dublin at the 3Arena.

UFC Fight Night 72 will feature nine bouts which includes Bisping vs. Leites. The co-main event will feature Ultimate Fighter Standout Ross Pearson against Evan Dunham. Pearson currently holds a record of seventeen wins with seven loses. Dunham holds a record of fifteen wins and six loses. The event will feature several British fighters as well as the very popular Scottish fighter Joanne Calderwood. The SSE Hydro has a capacity of 13,000 and was opened on 2013. It only took a couple of hours for the event to sell out.