1988 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship

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1988 NCAA Division I Men's
Lacrosse Championship
Finals site Syracuse University
Champions Syracuse (1st title)
Runner-up Cornell
Attendance[1] 20,148 finals
46,141 total
NCAA Division I Men's Championships
«1987 1989»

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.

Tournament results[edit]

  Regionals Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
   Navy 10  
8  Harvard 9  
  1  Syracuse 23  
     Navy 5  
      
        
  1  Syracuse 11  
  4  Penn 10  
        
        
  4  Penn 12
    5  Loyola 9  
5  Loyola 19
   Air Force 8  
  1  Syracuse 13
   Cornell 8
   Cornell 13  
6  Massachusetts 11  
  3  North Carolina 4
     Cornell 6  
      
        
   Cornell 17
   Virginia 6  
        
        
  2  Johns Hopkins 10
     Virginia * 11  
   Virginia ** 10
7  Yale 9  
  • * = Overtime
  • ** = Double overtime

Tournament Boxscores[edit]

Tournament Finals

Team 1 2 3 4 OT1 OT2 Total
Syracuse 4 0 2 2 0 1 13
Cornell 1 0 6 1 0 0 8
  • Syracuse scoring–Jim Bidne 3, Brendan Schneck 2, Henry Ciccarone, Jim Zaffuto, Jeff Harris, Wayne Davis
  • Cornell scoring–John Driscoll 2, Sonny Esposito, Mike Caravana, Matt Rainis, Lou Ruland, Randy Natoli, Rich Riccardi
  • Shots: Syracuse 35, Cornell 25

Tournament Semi-Finals

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Syracuse 5 3 5 5 11
Penn 3 3 2 3 10
  • Syracuse scoring–Tom Donahue 2, Doug Sedgwick 2, Marty Whipple 2, Larry Collins, Ralph Spinola, Brad Short, Scott Frost, Jim Trowbridge
  • Penn scoring–Brendan Schneck 4, Jim Zaffuto 3, Jeff Harris 2, Henry Ciccarone 2, Jim Bidne 2, Rich Wilkens 2, Gary Benninghoff 2, Howard Offit
  • Shots: Syracuse 28, Penn 54
Team 1 2 3 4 OT Total
Cornell 4 1 3 2 1 11
Virginia 2 5 1 2 0 10
  • Cornell scoring–Mike Burnett 3, Monty Hill 3, Terry Martinello 2, Kevin Griswold 2
  • Virginia scoring–Randy Natoli 3, John Driscoll 2, Ray Giusto, Matt Rainis, Tim O’Shea, Sonny Esposito, Lou Ruland, Rick Giusto
  • Shots: North Carolina 35, Virginia 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Lacrosse Division I Results / Records" (pdf). NCAA. p. 3 (51). Retrieved 24 April 2014. 

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