Gait to Join Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame

SYRACUSE, N.Y. The list of honors for lacrosse legend Gary Gait '90 continues to grow as he will be inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame this fall. The 2013 induction class was announced on Wednesday, June 26.

The British Columbia native earned All-America honors four times, including three straight first-team nods (1988-90), during his playing career at Syracuse. He also won the Lt. Raymond Enners Award (National Player of the Year) twice (1988, 1990) and the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin Jr. Award (Midfielder of the Year) in 1988 and 1990. He led the Orange to a 51-5 (.911) record, won three national titles (1988-90) and posted two undefeated seasons (1988, 1990).

Gait still holds the Syracuse career goals record (192), which was the NCAA single-season record until 2008. In conjunction with the 1997 Final Four, the NCAA Lacrosse Committee named Gait to the 25th Anniversary Lacrosse Team.

Following his playing days at Syracuse, Gait embarked on a successful professional career. He earned league MVP honors in both the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse. On the international stage, Gait led Canada to the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation World Championship.

In 2008, Gait returned to his alma mater as head coach of the women's lacrosse program. He has guided the Orange to a 94-31 record, five Big East regular-season championships, two conference tournament titles, four Final Four appearances and one appearance in the national championship game.

The 2013 Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame induction class also includes Barry Powless '79. Powless played three seasons for the Orange (1976-77, 79) and recorded 74 points on 39 goals and 35 assists.

The 27th annual induction dinner takes place on Oct. 21 at Drumlins Country Club.

2013-07-09



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