Paul Gait

Inducted in 2006

Lacrosse was his first sports love. Paul Gait was playing the game on his Pee Wee team at the age of four. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in April 5,1967, he was into sports before he was in kindergarten. Lacrosse, soccer, basketball, rugby. Along with his identical twin brother Gary, he excelled in school, in the Canadian Junior Lacrosse League and on the Canadian National team.

In 1986, the Gait twins won a full scholarship to play lacrosse at Syracuse University, and the record books immediately started to take a beating. A starter in 1987, Paul scored 14 points. As a sophomore, he made All-American and won the Brine Award as MVP of the NCAA Championship game as he slammed in four goals and made two assists against John Hopkins. It was Paul’s last-second goal in the semifinals against Penn that propelled the Orange into the title match.

1989 saw Paul score 67 points, win another spot on the All-American team, and help SU to a second straight national NCAA title. His 1990 performance led to a third consecutive championship, fueled by his 72 points – 10 in the game against Cornell- and a third straight All-America designation. After college, the brothers started playing in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League and shared the Rookie of the Year Award. He and his brother are known as two of the greatest lacrosse players of all time

In 1990, Paul and Gary founded GBLax Company their own line of lacrosse equipment, centered in Syracuse. Throughout the decade, Paul and his twin brother Gary have both played for the in the Western Lacrosse Association, the National Lacrosse League, and Major League Lacrosse, Paul starred for Detroit, Philadelphia, Rochester, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Washington, Long Island and again Washington. Paul retired after the 2002 NLL season. However, during the 2005 NLL season, Paul returned to the NLL to play for the Colorado Mammoth with his brother. He played four games totaling nine points. He retired for good with his brother Gary after the 2005 season. Paul is fourth all time on the NLL points total list with 712 points in 13 seasons.

Both Paul and his brother Gary were among the five charter members to be voted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame,in November of 2005.

Paul now resides in Altamont, New York.

Carreer Highlights:

Canadian Junior Lacrosse League

Played for the Canadian National Team

1986 Received full athletic scholarship to Syracuse University

Syracuse University Lacrosse team 1987-1990

1987 S.U. Goals- 11, Ast- 3, Pts 14

S.U. Goals- 47, Ast- 19, Pts 66

(Scored 11 points vs Navy 7 goals -4 assist)

Selected to All-American team as a sophomore

Was named the Brine Award winner as MVP of the NCAA championship win over John Hopkins, with 4 goals and two assists.

Scored the game winning goal in a 1998 semi-final game against University of Penn with three-seconds left to play.

S.U. Goals- 38, Ast-29, Pts 67

Selected to All-American team as a junior

1990 S.U. Goals -46, Ast- 26, Pts 72

(Scored 10 points vs Cornell 4 goals -6 assist)

Selected to All-American team as a senior

S.U. Totals - 142 goals, 77 asts, 219 points

127 goals, 85 asts, 212 points

 Three time 1 st team All-American- 1988, 1989, 1990

Won three National Championship’s 1988, 1989, 1990

Earn 1 st team All- American status three times

Paul won NCAA tournament MVP honors in 1989

Founded GB Lax Company in Syracuse with brother Gary

Professional Lacrosse Leagues:

1990-91 Detroit-MILL Gms 10, G-47, A-19, Pts 66

1991-92 Detroit- MILL Gms 7, G-33, A-20, Pts 53

1992-93 Philadelphia Wings - MILL Gms 8, G-28, A-13, Pts 41

1993-94 Philadelphia- MLL Gms 8, G-31, A-13, Pts 44

Set most goals scored in-a-game record with 10

1994-95 Rochester Nighthawks- MILL Gms 8, G-23, A-13, Pts 36

1995-96 Rochester Nighthawks- MILL Gms 9, G-24, A-21, Pts 45

1996-97 Rochester Nighthawks- MILL Gms 10, G 40, A-25, Pts 65

(Third in MILL in scoring. Led MLL in-Shots on Goal- 131)

(1 st team MILL All-Pro selection all seven seasons.)

He was the MILL’s All-Time leading goal and point scorer)

Play’s in three different lacrosse leagues in the US and Canada

1998 Acquired in a trade with Rochester for Syracuse Smash’s #1 draft pick in 1998, plus Syracuse’s #1 draft pick’s in 1999 & 2000

Became the Syracuse Smash Director of Player Personal, signing a

5 year contract in 1998.

1997-98 Syracuse Smash NLL Gms 11, G-24, A-14, Pts-41

Played Canadian National Team - July 1998 World Championship’s

1998-99 Syracuse Smash NLL Gms 12, G-37, A-37, Pts 74

Finished three in the NLL in scoring, a second-team All-Pro

Selected to play in NLL All-Star game

Set career highs for points with 74, and assists with 37 last season.

1999-00 Syracuse Smash NLL Gms-4, G-8, A-13, Pts-21

(Traded to Pittsburgh Crossfire on February 12, 2000, reunited with brother Gary)

Pittsburgh NLL Gms-7, G-24, A-17, Pts-41

Player with brother Gary and former teammate Tom Maricheck and

Casey Powell on the Toshiba MLL outdoor team

2000-01 Washington NLL Gms-14, G-27, A-25, Pts-52

Long Island MLL Outdoor Champions

2001-02 Washington NLL Gms-16, G-54, A-60, Pts-114

Paul wins the NLL Scoring title with 114 points

NLL Totals Regular Season Games-124, Goals- 404, Assists-299, Points 703

NLL Post-Season Games- 14, Goals- 51, Assists- 38, Points 89

Grand Totals Gms-138, Gls- 455, Asts-337, Points 792

11/12 /05 Paul and his brother Gary Gait are inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in Hunt Valley, Md

 

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