Paul Gait

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Paul Gait
— Lacrosse player —
Born (1967-04-05) April 5, 1967 (age 47)
Victoria, BC, CAN
Position Forward
NCAA team Syracuse University
Former NLL teams Detroit Turbos
Philadelphia Wings
Rochester Knighthawks
Syracuse Smash
Washington Power
Colorado Mammoth
Former MLL teams Long Island Lizards
Boston Cannons
Nationality  Canada
Pro career 19912002, 2005
Shoots Left/Right
U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame
NLL Hall of Fame, 2006

Paul Gait (born April 5, 1967 in Victoria, British Columbia) is widely regarded as one of the best lacrosse players of all time[1] and is the current Vice President of the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League. Gait, along with his twin brother Gary Gait, had outstanding playing careers at Syracuse University, in the National Lacrosse League, Major League Lacrosse, the Western Lacrosse Association, and at the international level for Canada.

College career[edit]

Paul and his twin brother Gary played NCAA lacrosse at Syracuse University as midfielders, where they set numerous records from 1987 to 1990 and popularized innovative moves such as behind-the-back passing and scoring. One of the best NCAA players of all time, Paul helped lead Syracuse to three national championships and was selected as a First Team All-Americans by the USILA three times, in 1988, 1989, and 1990. Paul was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1989 NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championship Tournament.

After defeating Loyola in the 1990 NCAA Division I lacrosse tournament finals, the NCAA determined that head coach Roy Simmons Jr's wife Nancy Simmons had improperly co-signed for a car loan for Paul Gait. Gait was ruled ineligible for postseason play, and Syracuse vacated their tournament records and title.[2]

After college, he played with his brother for the storied amateur Mount Washington Lacrosse Club in the 1990s.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Paul and Gary have both starred at all levels of professional lacrosse, including the National Lacrosse League, the Western Lacrosse Association, Major League Lacrosse, and at the international level for the Canadian National Team. The twins were named Co-MVPs of the Mann Cup in 1999,[4] when they played for the Victoria Shamrocks. Paul initially retired from play following the 2002 NLL season but then returned during the 2005 NLL season to play for the Colorado Mammoth with his brother. He played four games totaling nine points and then retired again after the 2005 season. Paul is sixth all time on the NLL points total list with 712 points in 13 seasons.

In 2005, both Gait brothers were inducted into the United States Lacrosse National Hall of Fame. The following year, in 2006, both brothers were among the five charter members to be voted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.

In 1996, the Gait brothers started GBLax (now deBeer/Gait Lacrosse), their own line of lacrosse equipment, centered in Syracuse, New York.

Paul was named the head coach of the Rochester Knighthawks on December 26, 2008.

Statistics[edit]

Major League Lacrosse[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G 2ptG A Pts LB PIM GP G 2ptG A Pts LB PIM
2001 Long Island 6 10 0 7 17 9 0.0 2 10 0 2 12 10 0.0
2002 Boston 3 6 2 0 8 1 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
MLL Totals 9 16 2 7 25 10 0.0 2 10 0 2 12 10 0.0

NLL[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM GP G A Pts LB PIM
1991 Detroit 10 47 19 66 63 20 1 3 1 4 2 0
1992 Detroit 7 33 20 53 30 4 1 5 3 8 6 0
1993 Philadelphia 8 28 13 41 65 8 2 6 5 11 15 4
1994 Philadelphia 8 31 13 44 58 8 2 12 7 19 28 0
1995 Rochester 8 23 13 36 39 0 2 9 6 15 9 0
1996 Rochester 9 24 21 45 64 4 1 3 2 5 7 2
1997 Rochester 10 40 25 65 58 6 2 10 6 16 10 4
1998 Syracuse 11 28 23 51 46 4 -- -- -- -- -- --
1999 Syracuse 12 37 37 74 62 12 -- -- -- -- -- --
2000 Syracuse 4 8 13 21 34 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
2001 Washington 14 27 25 52 52 8 1 2 2 4 5 0
2002 Washington 16 54 60 114 107 6 2 1 6 7 8 0
2005 Colorado 4 6 3 9 13 2 1 1 0 1 0 0
Totals   128 410 302 712 734 88 15 52 38 90 90 10

Syracuse University[edit]

     
Season GP G A Pts PPG
1987 15 11 3 14 --
1988 14 47 19 66 --
1989 14 38 29 67 --
1990 15 31 34 65 --
Totals 58 127 85 212 4.45

Awards[edit]

NLL Weekly and Monthly Awards:

  • Player of the Week (1994–2001) 7 times
  • Overall Player of the Week (2002-) twice
  • Offensive Player of the Week (2002-) 3 times
  • Player of the Month 5 times

Paul along with his twin brother Gary Gait will be inducted into their home province's highest honour in 2011. The British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame will place the legendary brothers into its Hall on September 13, 2011 in a ceremony in Vancouver, BC.

Preceded by
John Tavares
MILL Championship game MVP
1994
Succeeded by
Gary Gait
Preceded by
John Tavares
NLL Most Valuable Player
2002
Succeeded by
Gary Gait
Preceded by
None
New Balance Major League Lacrosse
Championship Game MVP

2001
Succeeded by
Mark Millon

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twin Terrors Gary and Paul Gait Make Syracuse Foes See Lacrosse-Eyed". People Magazine. May 21, 1990. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  2. ^ Mike Preston, NCAA rules Syracuse must forfeit 1990 championship, Baltimore Sun, June 11, 1995, retrieved May 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Doug Brown, Washington 'Mounts' its title drive LACROSSE Club team to face Brine of Boston, Baltimore Sun, June 19, 1993, retrieved May 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "Historical Stats of the Mann Cup". Bible-of-Lacrosse.com. Retrieved 2007-08-15.