Gait Brothers Receive Diamond Jubilee Medal from CLA

British Columbia natives Gary and Paul Gait were among the 55 honorees recognized by the Canadian Lacrosse Association with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony in December. The brothers led Syracuse to three consecutive national championships from 1988-90, and Gary is the current head coach of the Orange women's program.

The medallion was created by the Canadian government to honor the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the Throne. The medal is being presented to 60,000 Canadians whose achievements have benefited their fellow citizens, their community, their organization and the country. The last time the Diamond Jubilee medals were presented was during Queen Victoria's reign in 1867.

For the Gait twins, the honor adds to a long list of accomplishments and accolades spanning their playing and coaching careers. During their time at Syracuse, Gary and Paul were both three-time All-America First Team honorees and NCAA 25th Anniversary Men's Lacrosse Team selections. The duo led the Orange to a 51-5 record during their four years and helped guide SU to undefeated seasons in 1988 and 1990. On what many still call "the greatest lacrosse team ever assembled," Gary was named NCAA Tournament MVP in 1990. Paul earned the same honor in 1989. Many credit the pair for revolutionizing the sport of lacrosse, bringing an unprecedented style and flair to the game.

Gary and Paul continued to excel on the field after leaving "The Hill," as they both signed with professional teams in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Paul finished his career as the NLL's fourth all-time leading scorer in points and third all-time in goals scored. He won 12 major championships and won the NLL MVP award in 2002.

Gary also enjoyed a stellar professional career. He played 17 seasons in the NLL with six different teams, including the Detroit Turbos, where he was named NLL Rookie of the Year in 1991. He went on to be named MVP of the league a record six times and was named All-Pro each of his 17 seasons. Gary was inducted into the NLL Hall of Fame in 2006. That same year, he coached the Colorado Mammoth to an NLL championship. Gary also played in Major League Lacrosse, where he won three championships with three different teams. He was named to the MLL 10-year Anniversary Team in 2010.

In 2006, Gary led Canada to the ILF World Championship, its first title since 1978. He helped his home country upset the United States, 15-10, in the final game, recording four goals in his last international tournament.

Gary took reins of the Orange in 2007. Since then, Syracuse has enjoyed incredible success, recording a 76-27 (.738) record and reaching the national semifinals twice and the national finals once. The Orange has claimed five Big East regular-season championships during his stint, as well as a conference tournament title in 2008. Gary earned the IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year award in 2008 and 2012 and was the Big East Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012.


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