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 (2nd 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.

Tournament overview[edit]

The 1988 national champion Syracuse team is notable for being undefeated, 15-0, and for featuring the Gait brothers Paul and Gary Gait, as well as lacrosse Hall-of-Famer Tom Marechek. This NCAA tournament is also notable for being the tournament where Gary Gait took his famous "Air Gait" shot in a tight semi-final game against University of Pennsylvania. Syracuse won that semifinal game against Penn on a goal by Paul Gait with 3 seconds left.

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(i)  
  Virginia 10
7 Yale 9  
(i) one overtime

Tournament boxscores[edit]

Tournament Finals

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Syracuse 2 6 3 2 13
Cornell 1 0 4 3 8
  • Syracuse scoring – Greg Burns 3, Gary Gait 2, Brook Chase 2, Paul Gait 2, Jim Egan 2, Rodney Dumpson, Keith Owens
  • Cornell scoring – Tim Goldstein 3, John Wurzburger 2, Mike Cummings, Steve Meyer, Vince Angotti
  • Shots: Syracuse 50, Cornell 48
  • Saves: Syracuse 21, Cornell 19

Tournament Semi-Finals

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Syracuse 1 2 6 2 11
Penn 2 2 3 3 10
  • Syracuse scoring – Gary Gait 3, John Zulberti 3, Paul Gait 2, Jim Egan 2, Greg Burns
  • Penn scoring – Sean Dougherty 3, Chris Flynn 2, Stewart Fisher 2, John Lyons, Peter Smith, Chris Conforti
  • Shots: Syracuse 46, Pennsylvania 29
  • Saves: Pennsylvania 20, Syracuse 15
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Cornell 2 6 4 5 17
Virginia 3 2 1 0 6
  • Cornell scoring – Steve Meyer 4, Vince Angotti 3, John Wurzburger 2, Mike Cummings 2, Tony Morgan 2, John Heil, Tim Goldstein, Kevin Moran, Geoff Hall
  • Virginia scoring – Steve Anderson, Doug Amacher, Andy Kraus, Tom Burt, Tom Engelke, David Smith
  • Shots: Virginia 48, Cornell 37
  • Saves: Cornell 23, Virginia 15

Tournament Quarterfinals

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Syracuse 7 2 5 9 23
Navy 1 3 1 0 5
  • Syracuse scoring – Gary Gait 9, Paul Gait 7, Brad Roos, John Zulberti, Rick Cramer, Keith Owens, Jim Egan, Neil Alt, James Poli
  • Navy scoring – Mike Herger 2, Rich Schwarz, Tim Andrews, Tom Hanzsche
  • Shots: Syracuse 50, Navy 20
  • Saves: Navy 14, Syracuse 10
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Pennsylvania 4 4 1 3 12
Loyola 1 3 3 2 9
  • Pennsylvania scoring – Bob Scheetz 3, Mike Kelly 3, Stewart Fisher 2, Peter Smith 2, Sean Dougherty, Ted Nyman
  • Loyola scoring – Brian Kroneberger 3, Mike Ruland 2, Rusty Pritzlaff, Andy Wilson, Chris Colbeck, Brian Lutz
  • Shots: Pennsylvania 39, Loyola 33
  • Saves: Loyola 17, Pennsylvania 16
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Cornell 2 3 0 1 6
North Carolina 1 0 1 2 4
  • Cornell scoring – John Wurzburger 4, Bill O’Hanlon, Tim Goldstein
  • North Carolina scoring – Michael Thomas, Mark Tummillo, John Szczypinski, Chris Hein
  • Shots: Cornell 44, North Carolina 42
  • Saves: Cornell 27, North Carolina 15
Team 1 2 3 4 OT1 Total
Virginia 3 1 5 1 1 11
Johns Hopkins 0 4 3 3 0 10
  • Virginia scoring – Chase Monroe 5, Doug Amacher, Andy Kraus, Mike Smith, Chris Wakely, Tom Burt, Rob Schmalz
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Matt Panetta 3, Mike Morrill 2, Pat Russell 2, Jeff Ihm, Greg Kelly, Jack Crawford
  • Shots: Johns Hopkins 50, Virginia 40
  • Saves: Virginia 26, Johns Hopkins 17

References[edit]

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

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