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Duke’s Jones, Syracuse’s Rice and Notre Dame’s Landis honored
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three outstanding Atlantic Coast Conference men’s lacrosse student-athletes have been honored with Player of the Year honors by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Syracuse’s Kevin Rice earned the Lt. Col. J.I. (Jack) Turnbull Award as Division I’s top attackman, Duke’s Myles Jones was named the LT. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr., Award winner as the nation’s top midfielder and Notre Dame’s Matt Landis earned the William C. Schmeisser Outstanding Defensive Player award.
Rice, Tewaaraton Award finalist as the national player of the year and the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, led Syracuse in points (84) and assists (48) for the second year in a row. He ranked third nationally in assists per game (3.0) and fourth in points per contest (5.25). Rice had nine games of at least five points in 2015 and set a career high with nine (4 goals, 5 assists) in SU’s first-round NCAA Tournament win against Marist.
Rice finished his career 12th on the Syracuse’s all-time scoring list with 222 points and seventh on the team’s all-time assists ledger (126). Rice is the 17th ACC player to earn this honor and first since Virginia’s Steele Stanwick earned the honor following the 2012 season.
Jones, the nation’s leading midfield scorer, paced Duke’s offense in 2015 with a career-best 77 points on 40 goals and 37 assists. He is the first Blue Devil midfielder and eighth Duke player overall to reach 70 points in a season. His 77 points are 11th all-time, while his 37 assists are tied for seventh on the chart. The two-time All-American is the second midfielder in Duke history to reach the 40-goal benchmark. Jones is the 17th ACC player to earn this honor and first since fellow Blue Devil CJ Costabile earned the honor following the 2012 season.
Landis helped anchor a Notre Dame defense that allowed 9.33 goals per game this season and ranked 19th nationally in that category. The ACC Defensive Player of the Year keyed a Notre Dame defense that also ranks ninth in ground balls (33.07 per game) and 12th in caused turnovers (7.80 per game). A first-team all-ACC honoree, Landis has started all 15 games for the Irish this season and collected 29 ground balls.
Landis is the 22nd ACC player to earn this honor and first since North Carolina’s Ryan Flanagan and Virginia’s Ken Clausen shared the honor following the 2010 season.
The ACC had another banner year in 2015 with all five teams earning top eight seeds in the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship, and Notre Dame advancing to Championship Weekend for the second straight season.