The 1988 tournament championship game was played at Syracuse University in front of 20,148 fans. The Syracuse Orangemen defeated the Cornell Big Red, 13-8 for the first of their three straight NCAA titles.
This Syracuse team is notable for being undefeated and for featuring the Gait brothers, Paul and Gary Gait, as well as lacrosse Hall-of-Famer Tom Marechek. It is also significant for being the NCAA tournament where Gary Gait took his famous "Air Gait" shot in a tight semi-final game against University of Pennsylvania.
In a 23-5 quarterfinal win over Navy, Gait scored a tournament record of 9 goals.