September 14, 2011

Gaits Inducted in B.C. Hall of Fame

from press release

- Lacrosse All-Americans Gary and Paul Gait were inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, September 13. The brothers led Syracuse to three consecutive national championships from 1988-1990, and Gary is the current head coach of the Orange women's lacrosse team.

For the Gait twins, the induction adds to a long list of accomplishments and honors spanning their playing and coaching careers. During their time at Syracuse, Gary and Paul were both three-time All-America First Team honorees and NCAA 25th Anniversary Men's Lacrosse Team selections. Under the direction of SU head coach Roy Simmons Jr., the duo led the Orange to a 51-5 record during their four years. They also helped guide SU to undefeated seasons in 1988 and 1990. On what many still call "the greatest lacrosse team ever assembled," Gary was named NCAA Tournament MVP in 1990. Paul earned the same honor in 1989. Many credit the pair for revolutionizing the sport of lacrosse, bringing an unprecedented style and flair to the game.

Gary and Paul continued to excel on the field after leaving "The Hill," as they both signed with professional teams in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Paul finished his career as the NLL's fourth all-time leading scorer in points and third all-time in goals scored. He won 12 major championships and won the NLL MVP award in 2002. He also set the record for most goals scored in a league championship game when he netted eight in 1994 with the Philadelphia Wings.

Gary also enjoyed a stellar professional career. He played 17 seasons in the NLL with six different teams, including the Detroit Turbos, where he was named NLL Rookie of the Year in 1991. He went on to be named MVP of the league a record six times and was named All-Pro each of his 17 seasons. Gary was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame in 2006. That same year, he coached the Colorado Mammoth to an NLL championship. Gary also played in Major League Lacrosse, where he won three championships with three different teams. He was named to the MLL 10-year Anniversary Team in 2010.

In 2006, Gary led Canada to the ILF World Championship, its first title since 1978. He helped his home country upset the United States, 15-10, in the final game, recording four goals in his last international tournament.

Gary took the reins of the Orange women's lacrosse team in 2007. Since then, Syracuse has enjoyed incredible success, recording a 57-23 (.713) record and reaching the national semifinals twice and the national quarterfinals once. The Orange has claimed three BIG EAST regular-season championships during his stint, as well as a conference tournament title in 2008. Gary earned the IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year award in 2008 and was the BIG EAST co-Coach of the Year in 2011.

Joining Gary and Paul in the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame are a host of talented Western Canadian sporting legends. Trevor Linden, one of the most famous Vancouver Canucks of all time, as well as Olympic snowboard champion Maelle Ricker joined the Gaits in the 2011 induction class.

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