Gary Gait – Women’s Lacrosse Coach
Orange All-American and lacrosse Hall of Famer Gary Gait has developed the Syracuse program into a perennial challenger for the national championship. Since taking over the helm of the program, Gait has led SU to an overall record of 190-70, two appearances in the national championship game, eight entries in the national semifinals and two trips the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. In addition, the Orange has claimed six conference regular-season titles and three conference tournament crowns.
Gait is a 10-time NCAA champion, having won three titles as a player for the Orange (1988-90) and seven as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at the University of Maryland (1995-01).
As a player, Gait enjoyed success at every level. While at Syracuse he helped the Orange to three straight NCAA titles, earned first-team All-America honors three times and received the Player of the Year award twice. Gait’s dominance continued at the professional level as he earned league MVP honors in both the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse. On the international scene, Gait has been recognized as one of the sport’s best players, earning International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) All-World Team honors.
RETURN TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Gait was named the second head coach in the history of the Syracuse women’s lacrosse program in August 2007. In his first season, Gait led the Orange to new heights. Syracuse won its first outright BIG EAST regular-season crown and successfully defended the tournament title. The Orange earned a program-best fifth seed in the NCAA Championship, where it defeated Towson and North Carolina to advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history.
Syracuse set four NCAA single-season records on its way to a school-record 18 victories. The Orange led the nation in scoring with 541 points and also established new standards for goals (18.01) and points (25.64) per game.
Four student-athletes earned All-America honors, while six were named to the All-Region First Team – both program bests. Syracuse dominated the BIG EAST awards, claiming Attack and Defensive Player of the Year honors and seven all-conference nods. The student-athletes weren’t the only members of the program to earn recognition for the Orange’s success as Gait was voted the IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year.
In 2009, Syracuse shared the BIG EAST regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the third consecutive year. Individually, three student-athletes earned All-America status, while five were recognized as All-Region selections. The Orange took home the BIG EAST Attack and Midfield Player of the of the Year awards, and seven players were voted to the all-conference teams.
The Orange returned to the Final Four in 2010 by winning on the road in the first and second rounds. Syracuse became just the second unseeded team to advance to the Final Four since 2005 and finished the season with a record of 15-7. The 15 wins are the second-highest single-season total in school history.
Liz Hogan earned the IWLCA Goalkeeper of the Year award and was one of four student-athletes who earned All-America honors. In addition, five were named to the All-Region team. The Orange claimed two BIG EAST Player of the Year honors for the third consecutive year, while six earned all-conference accolades.
The Orange claimed its fourth BIG EAST regular-season title in five years in 2011, when it posted a league record of 7-1. Gait was named BIG EAST co-Coach of the Year.
In 2012, Gait led Syracuse to the most successful season in program history. The Orange won a school-record 19 games and went undefeated in BIG EAST play for the second time in school history. Syracuse won a program-best 15 consecutive games and climbed as high as No. 2 in the national polls. The Orange advanced to the national semifinals for the third time in five years where it came back from a seven-goal deficit to defeat No. 1 Florida in double overtime. SU’s historic season came to an end in an 8-6 setback against Northwestern in the national championship game.
Michelle Tumolo earned the IWLCA Attacker of the Year award and was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy. She was one four players to earn All-America honors. In addition, five were named to the All-Region Team. Tumolo was also named the BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year and was one of nine student-athlete named to the All-BIG EAST teams. Gait was honored as the BIG EAST and Northest Region Coach of the Year.
Syracuse’s success continued in 2013 when the Orange won the BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the national semifinals. SU went undefeated in conference play during the regular season for the second consecutive year. Alyssa Murray was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, while Becca Block earned the IWLCA Defender of the Year award. The duo earned IWLCA first-team All-America honors, as did freshman Kayla Treanor. Gait was honored as the IWLCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year for the second straight year and the third time in his career.
The 2014 season was a historical one for the Orange. Syracuse was ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history, earning the top spot in back-to-back weeks in April. The Orange made its ACC debut and earned a share of the regular-season title.
Syracuse earned a program-best No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and defeated Stony Brook and Boston College to advance to the national semifinals for the third consecutive year. SU defeated ACC foe Virginia to move on to the title game to face top-ranked Maryland. The Orange fell behind early and its second-half comeback wasn’t enough in a 15-12 loss. The Orange finished the season with a program-best 21 victories.
For the first time in school history, Syracuse had two Tewaaraton Award finalists in Treanor and Murray. Both were IWLCA First Team All-Americans. Treanor, who led the nation in scoring, also earned the IWLCA Attacker of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year awards.
The Orange advanced to the national semifinals for the fourth straight year in 2015. Facing the toughest schedule in the country, Syracuse was ranked in the top 10 all season and recorded four wins against teams ranked in the top five. Syracuse claimed its first ACC Tournament crown by defeating the No. 4, No.3 and No. 2 ranked teams in a span of four days. He was voted by his peers as the ACC Coach of the Year.
Treanor was once again recognized as one of the top top players in the nation. She was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award as well as the Honda Award and earned IWLCA All-America First Team honors. Treanor also repeated as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Halle Majorana joined Treanor on the All-America First Team, while senior Kailah Kempney was a second-team selection.
Syracuse’s success continued in 2016. The Orange once again advanced to the national semifinals, making their fifth straight appearance at championship weekend. Treanor solidifed her position as one of the best to ever play the game, finishing her career in the top six on the NCAA Division I all-time record list list for points and goals. In addition, she became the first four-time IWLCA All-America First Team selection in program history. She was joined the on the All-America Team by Halle Majorana.
SUCCESS ON THE SIDELINES
Gait has coached and recruited some of the greatest players in the history of the women’s game, including NCAA career scoring leader and 2001 Tewaaraton Trophy winner Jen Adams, four-time All-American and 1995 National Defensive Player of the Year and 1996 National Offensive Player of the Year Kelly Amonte, and 2008 national scoring champ and Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Katie Rowan. In all, Gait has mentored 36 All-Americans and nine players who at one time earned national player of the year honors.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Gait spent two seasons as the head coach of the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). In his first two campaigns, he led the Mammoth to two playoff appearances and the 2006 league championship. Gait’s professional coaching experience also includes four seasons (2002-05) as player-coach of Major League Lacrosse’s (MLL) Baltimore Bayhawks. He won championships there, as well, taking home MLL titles in 2002 and 2005.
Gait tasted success coaching on the international level when he led Team Canada to the 2007 Men’s World Indoor Championship. Gait’s squad rolled through the tournament, winning all five of its games, including the championship tilt, 15-14, versus the Iroquois. In the summer of 2008, he served as the head coach of the Canadian men’s under-19 team that won the silver medal at the ILF World Championship.
As an assistant at Maryland, Gait helped build one of the most impressive dynasties in NCAA history. The Terps compiled a remarkable 164-16 (.911) overall record in his nine years on the staff, including four undefeated seasons (1995, 1996, 1999, 2001) and seven consecutive NCAA championships (1995-01).
DOMINANCE ON THE FIELD
Gait’s success as a coach might only be surpassed by his accomplishments as a player. He has won every major collegiate, professional and international championship in the sport during his career. In addition to his three NCAA championships with the Orange, Gait has won three NLL titles (1991, 1994-95), three MLL titles (2001-02, 2005), three Mann Cups (1991, 1997, 1999), which are awarded to the senior men’s lacrosse champions of Canada, the Heritage Cup (2004), which goes to the winner of the international box lacrosse tournament every two years, and the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) World Championship (2006).
DONNING THE ORANGE
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Gait and his twin brother, Paul, began their playing careers at Syracuse in 1987. There, under the tutelage of SU head coach Roy Simmons Jr., the duo revolutionized lacrosse, bringing a sense of style and excitement to the game that had never been seen before. At no time was that more evident than in the 1988 national semifinal against Penn at the Carrier Dome when Gary unveiled the “Air Gait,” scoring twice by dunking over the top of the goal from behind.
While Gait’s individual theatrics delighted the crowd, Syracuse also excelled as a team with him running the midfield. His Orange squads registered an overall record of 51-5 (.911) from 1987-90, won three national titles, and posted two undefeated seasons (1988, 1990). In 1990, Gait was selected as the NCAA Tournament MVP on what many still call “the greatest lacrosse team ever assembled.”
Individually, he earned All-America honors four times, including three straight first-team nods (1988-90). 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.
Gait still holds the Syracuse career goals scored record (192), which was the NCAA single-season record until 2008. He also owns SU’s single-season goals mark (70), and his nine tallies against Navy in the 1990 NCAA Tournament tied the tournament and school single-game standards.
In conjunction with the 1997 Final Four, the NCAA Lacrosse Committee named Gait, and his brother, Paul, to the 25th Anniversary Lacrosse Team.
JOINING THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS
After his collegiate playing career, Gait took his talents to the professional level, where he played 17 years in the NLL with the Detroit Turbos, Philadelphia Wings, Baltimore Thunder, Pittsburgh CrossFire, Washington Power, and Colorado Mammoth. In 1991 with Detroit, he was named the NLL Rookie of the Year, and later in his career he was selected the league’s MVP a record six times, including five in a row (1995-99). He was also an All-Pro every season.
Gait led the NLL in points and goals seven times and he finished his indoor career as the league’s all-time leading scorer with 1,091 points (since broken) when he retired in 2005. He also won three league championships, leading the Turbos to the title in 1991 and the Wings to consecutive titles in 1994 and 1995. In 2009, Gait came out of retirement after a three-year absence to play for the Rochester Knighthawks for two-plus seasons.
In recognition of his extraordinary NLL career, he was selected as one of five charter members of the league’s Hall of Fame in 2006.
Gait also played five outdoor seasons in Major League Lacrosse. He made his MLL debut with the Long Island Lizards in 2001 before taking over as player-coach of the Bayhawks the following season.
In 2005, Gait led the league in goals, points, and hat tricks. He finished tied in the voting for league MVP and was named the MVP of the championship game after leading the Bayhawks to their second Steinfeld Cup. Gait also won championships with Baltimore in 2002 and the Lizards in 2001. He was named to the MLL 10-year anniversary team in 2010.
Gait’s other playing accomplishments include helping the Victoria Shamrocks to the Mann Cup in 1997 and 1999, winning the 2004 Heritage Cup (Canada), and leading Canada to its first world title since 1978 at the 2006 ILF World Championship in London, Ontario. Playing on the international stage for the final time, Gait saved his best for last, tallying four goals in the ILF title tilt to lead the Canadians to a 15-10 upset of the U.S. squad.
Gait, a 2005 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee, also spends time off the field working to grow the game. He is the president of NDP Lacrosse, a national lacrosse development and education program, and was the chairman of the 2007 Under Armour Boys All-America selection committee.
He and his wife, Nicole, have two children, Taylor, who played for the Orange from 2013-19, and Braedon, who played lacrosse at Princeton.
Syracuse Orange women’s lacrosse: This has been Gary Gait’s best coaching job
Gary Gait has been the head coach of the Syracuse Orange women’s lacrosse team for 14 years now.
In his decade and a half at the helm of the Orange, Gait has accomplished quite a lot. In 2008, he took over a fledgling Syracuse program that had picked up only one NCAA tournament win in its first 10 years of existence, and promptly led them to the Final Four in his first season.
He came out of the gates exactly the way you’d expect from one of the most legendary figures in the history of the sport: Like a man on fire.
He didn’t just lead SU to the Final Four in his first year. He did it in seven of his first nine years. He immediately turned the Orange into a perennial contender worthy of stepping up to the challenge of the heavyweights such as Northwestern and Maryland.
Gait has consistently brought SU right up to the final boss level of the sport, as evidenced by his impressive 20-11 NCAA tournament record and the fact that he’s lead the program to Memorial Day weekend eight times in the 13 chances he’s had to do so.
The problem, of course, is that they have not yet been able to defeat the final boss and hoist the national championship trophy.
But the final boss is difficult to defeat for a reason. The last decade and a half of women’s college lacrosse has been dominated by three programs. In fact, 14 of the last 15 titles have been won by Northwestern (seven), Maryland (five) and North Carolina (two). The only exception since 2005 was James Madison in 2018.
Two of those programs, Northwestern and North Carolina, will once again be in-play this weekend down in Towson. It will be Gait and the Orange’s eighth try to break through the barrier surrounding the sport’s ultimate prize.
Eventually the barrier will be broken, be it on the eighth, ninth or tenth try. Or maybe the eleventh. However many it takes, you have to believe that Gait and his program will get it done at some point.
Whether that year is this year is yet to be seen, but I would argue that it actually doesn’t matter.
This is already Gait’s best coaching job, isn’t it? Reaching the Final Four without arguably his two best players, showing everyone just how talented and deep a roster he and his staff have assembled.
I know I wasn’t the only one who thought the season was essentially over when Megan Carney went down with her ACL injury in the first Boston College game. Surely, that was too much firepower lost. First, Emily Hawryschuk, and now Carney, too? There’s just not enough left to compete with the heavyweights.
And yet, since that terrible moment, the Orange have beaten fellow Final Four team Boston College twice, competed with the best team in the country in the ACC championship game, and put an end to 12 and 15-game winning streaks against Loyola and Florida.
They’ve already proven my initial reaction to Carney’s injury wrong, multiple times over. How much more wrong can they prove me?
It doesn’t really matter, because Gait and his team have already proven their chops with the way they’ve played their entire 2021 season.
One day, the bell will toll for Gary Gait, and he’ll need to answer it by bringing home the first national title in Syracuse women’s lacrosse history.
Whether he can answer it this weekend or not, he won’t be hearing that bell this year.
This year has been his best work yet.
How Gary Gait developed 1 of college lacrosse’s largest coaching trees
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When the lacrosse season went on pause at the start of the pandemic, Syracuse women’s lacrosse head coach Gary Gait spent some of his extra time on Zoom with former Syracuse players.
He held a “coaching clinic” for former SU women’s lacrosse players who made the jump to coaching at schools around the country after playing at SU. In a series of virtual discussions with a group of former players, he spoke to alumni dating back to the beginning of Gait’s tenure in 2007. Several coaches also said that they use several of Gait’s strategies with their own teams.
“(Gait)’s the greatest player to ever play our sport,” said Boston College women’s lacrosse associate head coach Kayla Treanor. “He really teaches you the game at another level, and I think it’s such a gift he gave us.”
Treanor was an attack under Gait from 2013-16, finishing her career fourth on the Division I all-time scoring list with 393 points. She now sits at seventh on the all-time scoring list. Treanor grew up a “coach’s kid” and was a water girl for the high school basketball teams that her dad coached. She loved watching her dad coach and always knew she wanted to be a lacrosse coach after college.
Gait allows his attacks to read the defense and make their own decisions on offense, which Treanor said ultimately allows them to understand the game more. Gait is a sort of a player’s coach who gives his players the opportunity to deviate from his game plan and be more creative on the field, Treanor said. She pointed out that creativity led to SU’s offensive success this season as the Orange averaged 14.71 goals per game.
Gait’s coaching style also allows players to be “trusted in bigger moments,” Treanor said. One of these moments occurred when Treanor’s Eagles played against the Orange in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinal. For the game’s final dagger, SU freshman Emma Ward faked a pass to escape the motion set and charged the 8-meter for a score.
Nicole Levy played under Gait from 2016-19, and she now serves as an assistant lacrosse coach at Colorado. She said the freedom Gait gives his players is an aspect that’s unique to Syracuse.
Levy played “sidearm” in high school, a style that many coaches told her wouldn’t work at the college level. But when she attended her first Syracuse lacrosse camp in high school, the opening drill was sidearm partner passing.
“Not every coach is willing to let their players be who they are and be creative to try something new,” Levy said.
One of the reasons many players on Gait’s team become coaches is because of the types of players that he recruits, Levy said. The “lax rats” of the world, who want to learn the most about lacrosse, gravitate toward Syracuse and Gait, she said. Treanor said that playing under Gait was one of the major reasons she wanted to play at Syracuse.
Gait also helps his former players improve their programs’ recruiting process, said Katie Rowan Rowan Thomson, UAlbany’s head coach and Syracuse’s all-time points leader. Gait had conversations with his former players about recruiting so they’d know what to look for in players and how to find the right players.
“He always wanted to hear what I was looking for in a program and help reach my goals,” Rowan Thomson said. “I know he’s only a phone call away.”
On April 13, Rowan Thomson faced Gait for the third time when UAlbany fell to Syracuse 16-6. Rowan Thomson said that it’s fun to face her former coach and team, but preparing for a game against Gait’s Orange can be difficult because of the amount of starpower on his team.
“It’s really special for me to prepare for them and play against them,” Rowan Thomson said. “It’s an honor even though it’s a challenge.”
Several former SU players across the country have stepped into coaching roles recently, Treanor said. They still keep in touch through a GroupMe, congratulating each other on successes, such as when Rowan Thomson and Drexel head coach Jill Batcheller earned Coach of the Year honors in their respective conferences.
“It’s pretty amazing what the Syracuse alumni are doing in coaching,” Treanor said. “It’s really special.”
Published on May 9, 2021 at 10:51 pm
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Legends Reunited: Gary and Paul Gait are Back in Business
Legends Reunited: Gary and Paul Gait are Back in Business
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Gary (left) and Paul Gait couldn’t talk business for the longest time. Now, it’s an “opportunity to start fresh.”
This story appears in the January 2020 edition of US Lacrosse Magazine. Don’t get the mag? Head to USLacrosse.org to subscribe.
Gen Xers rejoice. The Gait brothers are back in business.
Gait Lacrosse, the equipment brand with a cult following, relaunched this fall after a four-year hiatus. The new line included legacy products like the Gait Torque head and Gait Ice handle, as well as a women’s head, the Gait Air.
“This is an opportunity to start fresh, especially on the women’s side,” founder Paul Gait said. “What we wanted to do with the Gait brand is push the envelope, try new technology and create products with truly performance-enhancing features.”
And who better to partner with in that endeavor than his slightly older (by three minutes), slightly more famous twin brother, Gary? They’re 52 now. If you’re of a certain age, you remember watching them reinvent lacrosse as college kids who played with unprecedented flair at Syracuse and put pro lacrosse on the map.
If you’re younger, you know Gary Gait as the Syracuse women’s coach, whose innovative spirit has permeated the sport in the evolution of equipment and rules and whose showmanship has been reincarnated in stars like Michelle Tumolo and Kayla Treanor.
Until recently, however, Paul and Gary Gait never could talk shop. Their conversations would end in a screeching halt, like a party-stopping record scratch. For the last 25 years, they’ve been competitors.
Both twins were associated with STX when they came out of college in 1990. In 1995, Paul went his own way. He started a retail business, then designed equipment for deBeer, engineering the Apex head and the Trakker pocket that revolutionized women’s lacrosse sticks. He became the company’s president in 2003, launching the Gait men’s brand.
Gary Gait, meanwhile, continued to work in product development for STX even as his coaching career took off. His contract expired last year.
Reunited, and it feels so good.
“It’s good to have one of the great minds on your side instead of on your opponent’s side,” Paul Gait said. “I’ve always tried to stay behind the scenes. I like when he’s the front man.”
When parent company Jarden discontinued the deBeer and Gait lines in 2015, Paul Gait kept this renaissance in the back of his mind. He started Vertical Lax/Team 22, which became the exclusive licensee of Under Armour equipment, and LaxPocket, which specializes in stringing women’s sticks with its popular Rail pocket.
But the end game was always to bring back Gait Lacrosse, with the full weight of the brand’s namesake behind it. Paul and Gary’s first collaboration, the Gait Draw, will be featured this month at the US Lacrosse Convention in Philadelphia. The double-sidewall design essentially gives the head two pockets — a deeper front pocket for the draw and one with standard depth for field play. No more swapping sticks.
“We nailed it on this women’s draw stick,” Paul Gait said. “If you don’t have it and you’re up against one, chances are you’re going to lose.”
The Gaits also will unveil LaxPocket’s new Flex Mesh, expected to be the next revolutionary pocket for women’s lacrosse, at the convention.
“It’s nice to be the Gait brothers again,” Gary Gait said. “He’s doing his thing in manufacturing. I’ve been doing mine on the lacrosse side. It’s time to bring these two forces together.”
To learn more about LaxCon 2020, check out our “What to Watch for.”
The Gait Brothers Are The GOATS… For Real
Gait Lacrosse recently announced that they are BACK IN BUSINESS. The equipment company was founded by the Gait brothers — Gary and Paul — and we must say, it is a most joyous occasion to see the company back in the lacrosse world. We can hardly contain ourselves:
For those unfamiliar with the Gait brothers because they were before your time — which, by the way, is absolutely zero excuse to not know who they are — they were two of possibly the greatest lacrosse players to ever play the game.
Both Gary and Paul Gait played at Syracuse University from 1987-1990. Fun fact: the Gait brothers are twins, which is why they played during the exact same years. Gary and Paul won three national championships together and set numerous NCAA records, like the Syracuse career goals record and the record for most goals in an NCAA season (a record broken in 2008).
The Gait brothers were known for popularizing behind-the-back passes and their patented move known as the “Air Gate”, as seen below:
The “Air Gait”
Both Gary and Paul Gait have been stars at virtually every level of lacrosse, including the National Lacrosse League, Major League Lacrosse, the Western Lacrosse Association and the international stage playing for Team Canada.
Gary had a longer NLL career, but Paul was every bit his equal on the floor. Gary played for 17 years in the NLL as he won Rookie of the Year in 1991, and even won five-straight league MVP honors from from 1995-1999. Paul, however, would win an NLL MVP award himself in 2002 as he led the league in goals and points and was a three-time MVP of the Mann Cup in Canadian professional box lacrosse — sharing the MVP award with Gary in 1999. Paul finished his career in the NLL with a staggering 712 points in 13 seasons.
In 2005, both of the Gait brothers were inducted into the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame. They were both also voted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame in 2006.
Gary currently coaches at Syracuse University for the women’s team, and has also coached in the NLL for the Colorado Mammoth and in the MLL for the now-defunct Hamilton Nationals. Paul spent a few seasons coaching for the Rochester Knighthawks.
Now, the Gait brothers have brought back Gait Lacrosse, best known for creating exceptional products such as the Torque head — a head that has been especially popular in the indoor game.
Here’s a graphic that Gait Lacrosse released of the relaunch:
Take a look at a few of the Gait brothers highlights found below and behold their magnificence.
The Gait Brothers… Enough Said
Paul Gait – BC Sports Hall of Fame
Ask Paul Gait about the biggest surprise of his storied lacrosse career and he’s likely to tell you it’s the fact both he and his twin brother Gary are likely the first two professional lacrosse players to make their entire living from the game.
“Lacrosse chose us,” he says.
As boys they excelled at anything that could be played—soccer, basketball, rugby, track and field. Take your pick, there’s a good chance they could have taken it pro. Yet, in the end it was lacrosse. First as players, then coaches, then equipment distributors, and from here, who knows. In today’s world of multi-million dollar contracts and ballooning endorsement deals for athletes in other major sports, it doesn’t sound like much of a statement—“to make your entire living from the game”—but first consider where they came from, where the game of lacrosse was, and where Paul Gait went with it.
Born in Victoria, Paul learned the game beside his twin brother Gary and next door neighbours Greg and Grant Pepper, also twins their age. Their father Fred and Greg and Grant’s father, Bob, first introduced them to lacrosse and coached the boys until age eleven. Looking to take their play to another level, the dads hired former Victoria Shamrocks player Ron McNeill as coach. Both Gaits attribute much of their success to McNeill now, ahead of his time in terms of teaching young kids technical skills and visualization, meditation, interval training, and nasal breathing techniques that just weren’t taught at that time.
In 1986, Paul won a full scholarship to New York’s Syracuse University and with brother Gary led the Orange to three national championships in four years. Three times Paul earned All-American standing and was named MVP of the 1989 NCAA Championship tournament.
Upon graduation, professional lacrosse was just taking hold in the US. A Kansas entertainment company specializing in monster trucks had established a fledgling indoor professional lacrosse league and needed star power. Enter Paul and Gary Gait. Over Paul’s thirteen-year pro career he won nine championships: one Minto Cup (with Esquimalt-Victoria Legion), four Mann Cups (one with Victoria), three NLL championships, and one MLL title.
The only player whose team and individual accomplishments rival those of his twin brother, it’s not difficult to see why Paul’s name enters the discussion for greatest lacrosse player of all-time early and often. Four times he led the NLL in goal scoring, eight times was named to the First-Team All Pro, and in 2002 he won the league’s MVP award. Paul currently ranks as the NLL’s third all-time goal-scorer (410) and eighth in points (712). Lacrosse Magazine and the NCAA named him to its All-Twentieth Century Team and 25th Anniversary Team respectively. Four times he represented Canada at the ILF World Championships, earning All-World honours in 1994.
Like Gary, Paul is also inducted into the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame and the NLL Hall of Fame. Currently, Paul remains heavily involved with the Gaits’ own brand of lacrosse equipment, Gait Lacrosse based in Syracuse.
Written and researched by Jason Beck, Curator of the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
What is Gait Lacrosse?
Gait Lacrosse is the phrase used when the Gait brothers played, and dominated, the game of lacrosse.
Paul and Gary Gait are twin brothers who revolutionized the game.
Gary Gait was born in 1967 in Canada.
He attended Syracuse University with his twin brother Paul Gait. He played lacrosse there for four years.
During his four years of play, he set many records. Gary was a three-time first team All-American, and was an honorable mention once.
With 192 goals, he graduated as Syracuse’s all-time leading goal scorer.
Gary Gait was also the NCAA Player of the Year in 1988 and 1990.
During his college playing days, he perfected a shot known as “Air Gait”. Gary would stand behind the net, and suddenly start running right towards it. Just before the crease, Gary jumped, and slam-dunked the lacrosse ball into the back of the net. Then he would land on the opposite side of the crease. This was a huge Gait lacrosse manuever.
In 1991, Gary started playing in the NLL (National Lacrosse League), and became the rookie-of-the-year.
In 2005, Gary retired from the NLL, and they retired his jersey. This is still the only jersey to be retired in the National Lacrosse League.
Gary was also a coach for the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse.
Gary is in both the United States Lacrosse National Hall of Fame, and the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.
Gary Gait was arguably the most successful lacrosse player to have ever played, and certainly one of the most recognized.
Paul Gait was born in 1967 in Canada, and has a twin brother named Gary Gait.
The two played lacrosse for four years at Syracuse University, where Paul, like his brother, also set many records.
Paul went on to graduate, and play in the National Lacrosse League. Paul was very successful in the NLL as well.
In 1996, Paul and Gary started their own brand of lacrosse equipment called GBLax (Gait Brothers Lacrosse).
Paul is in both the United States Lacrosse National Hall of Fame, and the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.
The Gait Brothers
The two Gait Brothers are known as the best lacrosse players of all time. They set many records, and have lifetime acheivements that many people would have thought impossible. Both Paul and Gary’s style of play will forever be known as “Gait-Lacrosse”.
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Gary Charles Guythe (born April 5, 1967) is a retired Canadian professional lacrosse player, currently the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at Syracuse University, where he practiced the sport collegially. On January 24, 2017, he was named Interim Lacrosse Commissioner of the Women’s United League.
He played collegially for the Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse team and professionally in the indoor National Lacrosse League and MLL outdoors, while representing Canada internationally.Gait was inducted into the United States National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.
He was a four-time American on the Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse team from 1987-90. (including first-team honors from 1988 to 1990), and has also been on three NCAA Championship winning teams. Winner of the Lieutenant Raymond Enners Award for Outstanding College Lacrosse Player twice in 1988 and 1990. Gate set the Syracuse record for career goals at 192 and the record for single-season goals at 70, an NCAA record until 2008.In 1997, the NCAA lacrosse committee named Gaita, along with his twin brother and Syracuse teammate Paul, a 25-year-old lacrosse player.
He played NLL for 17 years, won Rookie of the Year in 1991, won league MVP awards for five consecutive years from 1995 to 99, and won All-Pro awards every season. Gate led the league seven times in points and goals, won three league championships and ended his indoor career with 191 points, a league record at the time.
Gait also played five seasons in MLL from 2001 to 2005, winning the league title and co-MVP three times in 2005.
He helped Canada win the 2006 Lacrosse World Cup, the first World Cup since 1978, by scoring four goals in the final against the United States.
Gary Guyt and his twin brother Paul played lacrosse for Syracuse orange at Syracuse University from 1987 to 1990, where they set numerous records.Gate has been named an American by USILA four times – three times as First Team and once as an Honorable Mention. Gary graduated from Syracuse University as the consummate goalkeeper with 192 career goals. He led Orange in three NCAA DI championships and was named NCAA Player of the Year in 1988 and 1990, as well as Outstanding Player of the 1990 NCAA Tournament.
The Gait twins are also widely known for popularizing innovative games such as passes and kicks behind the back and “Air Gait,” an acrobatic scoring move where they jump from a crease and score a goal in the air by submerging the ball over the top crossbar and landing. to the side opposite from the fold.This move was later banned in the NCAA game.
Gait began playing in the Big Indoor Lacrosse League (later the National Lacrosse League) in 1991. He was recruited by Detroit Turbos, which got both the Gait brothers in a somewhat controversial double-tackle. He won the MILL Championship this season and received the Rookie of the Year award. He played Detroit for another season before both of his brothers were traded for the Philadelphia Wings in 1993.This deal was highly controversial, as the Wings traded all of their draft teams for Detroit for two players.
Gait played five seasons on the Philadelphia Wings. The first four years at the “Wings” Gayt attended the championship and won the title twice (1994 1995). He was named MVP of the league in 1996 and 1997, and in 1995 he became the champion MVP. Guyt has spent more time with Wings than any other NLL / MILL team, and this is where he is most remembered for playing.In 1995, Gary’s brother Paul was traded to Rochester, splitting the brothers until they played together at Washington Power in 2001. In the 1998 season, Gary was traded to Baltimore to play closer to his home.
Baltimore Thunder (1998-99)
The gait only played two seasons with Baltimore Thunder. In their first year with Team Gait, they went to the Championship, which became the new Best of 3 series. In two games they were beaten to zero by his former Philadelphia Wings.In the 1998 season, Gight was still voted the league’s best player for how much he helped Baltimore improve. In 1999, Baltimore went 8-4 in the regular season, but lost to Rochester Nightwax in the first round of the playoffs. In 2000, Baltimore Thunder moved to Pittsburgh Crossfire and Gary moved in with the franchise.
Pittsburgh CrosseFire (2000)
In Pittsburgh’s only season, they went 6-6 and missed the playoffs. For the first time in Gait’s NLL / MILL career, he missed the playoffs, having conceded only 3 times in his entire 18-season career.After a not very successful first season, CrossFire moved to Washington, where Washington Power became.
Washington Power (2001-02)
The Washington Power existed in those two seasons, and they made it to the playoffs. Gary was present in both of these seasons, as was his brother Paul, having merged them for the first time since 1994 when they both played in Philadelphia. In 2001, Washington lost in the semi-finals to Toronto with a final score of 10: 9. In 2002, Washington beat Philadelphia in the quarterfinals 10:11 before a rematch with Toronto in the semifinals, where Power was beaten 11:12.Washington Power faced low attendance and as such moved to Colorado where it became the Colorado Mammoth. As with Thunder and CrosseFire, Gait continued to move with the franchise as it moved back to Colorado.
Colorado Mammoth (2003-05)
Walk played with the Colorado Mammoth for three seasons. In his first game of the 2006 season, Gary was honored with the Mammoth. On December 30, 2005, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, the Colorado Mammoth raised his number (22) on the rafters, making him the second player in NLL history to retire after Darris Kilgour of Buffalo.They made the playoffs all three seasons, but never made any progress in the championship. Guyte announced his retirement after the 2005 season. He was then elected to the NLL Hall of Fame along with his brother Paul. After retiring, he became the head coach of Mammoth in 2006 2007, but resigned as head coach in August 2007 to pursue other interests.
Rochester Knights (2009-11)
Guyt returned to NLL in 2009 when he joined the Rochester Knights.For the 2009 season, Gary was named an All-Star Reservist. In 2009, Gary also made his last visit to the NLL playoffs, as the Knights missed the playoffs in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. After the 2011 season, Gary announced that he would retire from the NLL game for good to pursue a career as a lacrosse coach.
Gary Guythe has had one of the most spectacular NLL careers of any player in league history. He has the second highest career achievement among players with 635 and the third highest goals per game in league history with 3.207 goals per game. Gary also scored the most goals in a single game – 10, his number was retired by Colorado, and he is a member of the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.
Gait has played in the Major League Lacrosse since its founding in 2001. He was a member of the Long Island Lizards. After the first season, The Walk was sold to the Baltimore Hawks, where he served as coach-player for the next four years. In 2005, Gayt won the Steinfeld Cup as coach-player.He scored six goals in a championship game and was named MVP in both that game and this season.
Gait initially retired from MLL in 2005, but recently returned and signed with the Hamilton Nationals for their inaugural season in 2009.
Gait, along with his brother, had outstanding seasons with Victoria Shamrock of the Western Lacrosse Association. Gait won the Mike Kelly Memorial Trophy as Mann Cup Most Valuable Player as Shamrock in 1997, and shared the Most Valuable Player Award with her brother Paul in 1999.
In June 2005, Guyt was named head coach of his former NLL team, the Colorado Mammoth. After a 10-6 season in which Mammoth finished second in the Western Division, Guyt led them to an overtime of 18-17 wins over Calgary and 13-12 wins over Arizona, before closing out the Eastern Division champion Buffalo Bandits 16-9 in a championship game. Guyt became the first rookie head coach to win a championship since Tony Resch did so with the Philadelphia Wings in 1994, the team Guyt played on.
In August 2007, Guyt retired after two seasons as head coach of the Mammoth and returned to his alma mater at Syracuse University, becoming the second head coach in the history of the women’s lacrosse program. Prior to that, Gate worked as an assistant coach on the women’s team at the University of Maryland for nine seasons.
On February 3, 2011, Gait was announced as the new assistant coach for Hamilton’s National Games in the Lacrosse Major League.
International Lacrosse Quarry
Guyt was a member of the Canadian national team in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2004 and 2006.In the same final year, he led Canada to a historic 15-10 victory over the United States in the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship, his last international game. Gait scored four goals in the last quarter, marking a fabulous end to his international playing career as the World Cup gave him every major lacrosse title possible (three NCAA championships in Syracuse in 1988, 1989, 1990, three NLL championships in 1991, 1994, 1995 , three Mann Cups in 2001, 2002, 2005, three Mann Cups in 1991, 1997, 1999, the Heritage Cup in 2004 and the International Lacrosse Federation World Championship in 2006).
International Game Results
1990 – Finalist of the World Lacrosse Championship.
1994 – Third place at the World Lacrosse Championship.
1998 – World Lacrosse Championship finalist.
2002 – Finalist of the Heritage Cup
2004 – Winner of the Heritage Cup
2006 – Winner of the World Lacrosse Championship.
Club Lacrosse Career
Gait also played amateur lacrosse for the legendary Mount Washington Lacrosse club in the 1990s, The Baltimore Sun, June 13, 1993, reinstated May 26, 2010.
– a) 5th place for one-season purposes of the NSAA.
– b) 6th place in career goals NCAA
Records and awards
Gait has set many NLL records throughout his career.
Gait has been named an NLL MVP six times, including five straight seasons. Apart from Gary Gait, only John Tavares (3 times) has ever won this award more than once.
He also received the NLL Sports Excellence Award twice, in 2004 (tie with Peter Lough) and in 2005.
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Player of the Week (1994-2001) – 7 times
Overall Player of the Week (2002 – present) – 6 times
Forward Player of the Week (2002 – present) – 3 times
Player of the Month – 6 times
Gait was named the MLL MVP for his final season in 2005, sharing it with Mark Millon. In the same season, he also topped the league in goals and points with 42 and 21 assists in 63 points.
MLL Weekly Awards
Forward of the Week – 2x
In 2011, Gary, along with his twin brother Paul Guyt, was honored with the highest honor in his home province.The British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame will place the legendary brothers into its Hall of Fame on September 13, 2011 at a ceremony in Vancouver.
Gate lives in Fayetteville, New York with his wife Nicole and their children.
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Modified Drop Tower Impact Tests for American Football Helmets
The main goal of this modified drop tower test method is to more closely represent the impact of the American football helmet system on the field of impact and to help expand safety standards.The entailed test method can provide the knowledge of systematic response helmets necessary for the effective development of a reinforced headgear to prevent concussion. The occurrence of concussions is plagued by contact sports such as American football. In the United States alone, sports-related concussions are estimated to occur 1.6 to 3.8 million times each year. 1 A footballer can have over 1500 head impacts each season. 2, 3 While the magnitude of most exposures can be sub-shocking, the accumulation of these exposures can lead to long-term brain damage due to exposure to an induced neurodegenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). 4 CTE is associated with the accumulation of tau protein in the brain, resulting in memory loss, behavior and personality changes, Parkinson’s syndrome, and speech and gait abnormalities that sometimes lead to suicide. 5 Football helmets have made several technological advances over the last 15 years, but even today the most modern helmets do not completely cushion all the falling forces on the helmet and therefore athletes still suffer concussions. A study by Barch and et al. 6 showed that in many cases head dose exposure and traumatic brain injury risks, while dark vintage Leatherhead helmets were comparable to those worn widely used 21 – 90 125 90 126 century helmets illustrating the need for improved design and testing standards of football helmets. Specifically, the NOCSAE 7 certification does not require a large helmet to be included in a helmet drop test. The added rigidity from the tone of a large helmet attached to the helmet would drastically change the overall mechanical response.The present study proposes a method to provide more robust helmet safety standards that will serve as a driving force to promote safer helmet design.
Head Injury Metrics
The exact biological mechanisms associated with concussions remain unidentified. Although much has been done in an attempt to quantify the tolerances of head injury for various measures of injury, disagreement has arisen in the biomedical community regarding these criteria.These mechanisms of injury must relate to multiple individuals: linear acceleration, rotational acceleration, exposure duration, and impulse. 8, 9, 10, 11 Several Injury criteria have been used to define contusion as a measure of linear acceleration. Wayne State Tolerance Curve (WSTC) 12, 13, 14 was designed to predict skull fracture for frontal impact car accidents by defining the threshold curve for linear acceleration versus duration of exposure.The WSTC served as the basis for other injury criteria such as the Severity Index (SI) 11 and Head Injury Criterion (HIC), 15 , which are the two most commonly used criteria. SI and HIC as a measure of severity impact based on weighted integrals of linear time acceleration profiles. While these criteria define thresholds for linear acceleration, other criteria have been proposed to account for rotational acceleration, such as the head impact power index. 8, 10, 16 Today’s helmet testing standards often use an injury criterion based on the Wayne State to have alerance curve (namely ICC or SI), or peak acceleration criterion, or in some cases both. While some changes are needed to add angular acceleration to the standard performance criteria, linear based acceleration criteria remain dominant.
In this study, the metrics used to assess the relative safety that each helmet provided were the apex of the resulting values for acceleration, SI, and SVD.Of these indicators, only SI is used for evaluation in the current National Working Committee for Standards for Sports Equipment (NOCSAE) Football Helmet Standards. SI is based on the following equation,
where A is the translational acceleration of the center of gravity (CG) of the head, and T is the acceleration time. 11, 17 SI was calculated according to the standards NOCSAE 18, where the calculation is limited to 4 G thresholds according to the resulting acceleration curve.SVD values were calculated according to the following equation,
where a translational acceleration CG of the head and t 1 and t 2 represent the start and end times, respectively, of the interval at which the HIC reaches its maximum value. All CTG values calculated in this study were MCX 36, where the duration of the time interval is limited to 36 ms.
NOCSAE Football Helmet Test Standards
In 1969 NOCSAE was formed to develop performance standards for American football helmets / faceguards and other sports equipment with the aim of reducing sports injuries. 1 7 The NOCSAE Football Helmet Standards were developed by Dr. Voigt Hodgson 9 Wayne State University to reduce head injuries by establishing impact attenuation and structural integrity requirements for football helmets / faceguards. These standards include football helmet test certification and annual recertification procedures for helmets. In 2015, NOCSAE implemented a quality assurance program requiring the use of a specific American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited helmet certification body.
Test Method NOCSAE
NOCSAE Football Helmet The standard does not include testing helmets with faceguards, as this requires their removal before helmet drops are carried out. NOCSAE helmet test standards 17 use a two-wire drop crusher that relies on gravity to accelerate the dummy helmet combination of required impact speeds. NOCSAE head model with instrumental shIth triaxial accelerometers at the center of gravity. The combination of a dummy head and helmet is then dropped at specific speeds onto a steel anvil covered with a 12.7 mm thick ebonite Modular Elastomer Programmer (MEP) pad.On impact, the instantaneous acceleration is recorded and the SI values are calculated. These SI values are compared with the pass / fail criterion for a variety of required exposure locations and speeds and temperatures, including the environment and high exposure temperatures. If the obtained SI value for any impact violates the threshold, the helmet will not pass the test.
A separate standard test method is used for the certification of the football big helmet. The NOCSAE Football Grand Slam standard includes an analysis of structural integrity as well as an assessment of the impact of the attenuation characteristics of the helmet and chin strap of their attachment system.Each exposure measurement must be below 1200 SI in order to pass the test, without facial contact and without intermittent failure of any component as defined by the NOCSAE standard. 19
There is a proposed optional NOCSAE (Linear Impact (LI)) test 20 , which includes a helmet with a Grand Slam, but it is not suitable for certification of a football helmet because it cannot recognize the influence of the crown. LI uses a pneumatic ram to act on the helmet, located on the NOCSAE dummy equipped with a hybrid III dummy neck mounted on a linear bearing table in order to induce angular acceleration.For this reason, the LI test is an optional test to the current two-wire NOCSAE drop test procedures and is not a replacement. 20, 21 Instead of testing LI, we suggest simply adding two more scenarios to the current two-wire drop test procedure.
The NOCSAE Standard Test Method for Certification of Football Helmets currently includes six Locations Prescribed Impact and one Random Impact Location.Prescribed exposure locations include the following: Front (F), Front Boss (FB), Side (S), Rear (R), Rear Boss (RB), and Top (T). The random exposure location test can select a region from anywhere within the helmet’s defined acceptable exposure area. Impact locations for our modified NOCSAE tower drop tests include replacing the previously identified Front and Front Boss impact locations with what has been named as Front Top (FT) and Front Top Boss impact locations (PTB).Our front-top and front Top Boss impact points are identical to the impact points and right frontal Boss of the NOCSAE standard for Lacrosse helmets, which also includes a large helmet for drop tests. 22 The helmet shell impact locations, including the replaced front and front Boss seats, are depicted in Figure . In addition, the modified helmet test method of our present study includes two Impac Grand Slam seats, which were named FG front and FG to bottom.The two impact locations for the Grand Slam are identical to the required impact locations for current NOCSAE Grand Slam certification procedures. The eight impact locations for the modified NOCSAE impact tests of this study are shown in Figure 2.
Figure 1: Approximate impact location for football helmets. Six currently required NOCSAE impact helmet drop test seats, Front (F), Front Boss (FB), Side (S), Top (T), Rear (R), and Rear Boss (RB), plus two seats the impacts are projected, Front Top (FT) and Front Top Boss (PTB).Note: The NOCSAE Standard Test Method for Safety Helmets does not include the Front Top and Front Top Boss Impact Locations (shown in red) and for this study, they replace the Front and Front Boss Impact Locations. (Image modified from NOCSAE DOC. 001-13m15b)
Figure 2: Modified NOCSAE test rig , showing eight impact locations. Front Top, Front Top Boss, Side, Grand Slam (FG) Front, Back, Rear Boss, Upper and Lower Grand Slam (FB).Note: The NOCSAE standard does not include attachments and the big helmet here is the front-top and front-top Top Boss replace the standard Front and Front Boss impact spots. (Image modified from NOCSAE DOC. 002-11m12) Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.
Helmet designs have evolved progressively over the past decade, while NOCSAE’s soccer helmet standards have never included a large helmet with the ELMET in evaluating the technical performance of a soccer helmet.Although, more recently, an amendment has been made to include a pass / fail value of 300 SI for low impact velocities (3.46 m / s), the total credit / fail limit of 1200 SI has not changed since 1997 90 125 17 90 126 Until 1997, NOCSAE used 1500 SI Pass / Fail criterion. Hodgson and et al. (1970) showed that SI values of over 1000 are life threatening, while SI values of 540 produced linear skull fractures in non-cadaveric impact test helmets. 23 Most modern football helmets have shown to pass well below the 1200 SI limit, but not all below 540 SI.
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Boston College Lacrosse Star Closes Season At Boston College
Towson, MD – May 30: Boston College # 8 Charlotte North Eagles shoots … [+] Syracuse Orange in the second half during the NCAA Women’s Division I Lacrosse Championship 2021 at Johnny Unitas Stadium on May 30, 2021 in Towson, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith / Getty Images)
On the day Charlotte North broke the record for one season in NCAA women’s lacrosse, she only wanted to talk about her team.
That says a lot about how the Boston College Eagles finally managed to break into the program’s first championship title after losing the final round the previous three times when the competition was contested.
North, a senior prodigy who moved after two seasons with Duke, scored six goals Sunday when the Eagles with a fourth seeded (18-3) pulled away from 2nd in Syracuse for a 16-10 win at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson … Mkr.
It was fitting that Orange coach Gary Gate watched from the other sideline.The acclaimed author of Air Walking set a 70-point record for men’s lacrosse in college three decades ago, a record that lasted until 2008.
Towson, MD – May 30: Charlotte North No. 8 of Boston College Eagles celebrates with head coach … [+] Acacia Walker-Weinstein after winning the Division I Women’s Lacrosse 16-10 Championship against Syracuse Orange ”, Which took place at Johnny Unitas Stadium on May 30, 2021 in Towson, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume / NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
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It was North who started the game in just 2 and a half minutes, and North put BC ahead again to be left with a goal that broke the score 7-7 at the end of the first half.
She set a record midway through the second half and added a capper in the last minutes to finish with 102 points in a year. That was two goals short of Courtney Murphy’s five-year mark at Stony Brook.
North, who averaged 4.86 goals per game, scored 10 goals against Virginia Tech in April and scored eight in the game two more times. She has every move, every dodge, every trick in the book, and has even added a few signature shots of her own.
Her best can be a hypnotic circular motion on a standard stage from 8 meters away. Fired with a speed and precision rarely seen in women’s games, this shot captivates even the best goalkeepers.
North also has all kinds of passes and throws from behind, which she is constantly working on with BC assistant Kayla Trinor. But it was a seemingly impossible shot, a fake, back to cage, a fool between his legs that went viral on Twitter back in January.
“She has the potential to be the most exciting player in the game,” Eagles coach Acacia Walker-Weinstein said ahead of the season. “We told her we believed in her and wanted her to take her game and women’s lacrosse to the next level. I hope she does it. I know she will do it.
Four months later, the coach’s words were prophetic.
North’s last college game allowed her to get the best out of her longtime rival and Dallas product colleague, Megan Carney of Syracuse.The two remain good friends, and it is hoped that their success will open the door to more young lacrosse players from the football-crazed state.
“There are a lot more people in Texas lacrosse colleges, which is great,” North said during an interview with ACC in April. “This is a testament to the talent there and the coaches who develop the sport there. It’s definitely fun when we’re playing against each other. It reminds us where we are from and how special it is. ”
Maggie Koch, who coached North at Dallas Episcopal School, traveled to Towson, Maryland to support her former player in her quest.
“The circle is complete, because without her I wouldn’t be here,” North said. “Now, when we return home, we see that talent is growing by the second. The trainers are incredible. Since high school, they have made us believe that we can play at the level of the first division. ”
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Festival of Urban Culture “Direct Contact”
“Direct Contact” is an open-air festival of youth urban culture dedicated to unusual sports of a new generation
Crazy tricks on jolly jumpers, sea billiards, figure skating on bicycles, frisbee ballet, rugby with a butterfly net, sports wind hunting and other unexpected sports inventions that have become really popular in Russia in recent years.
The alternative sports parade will end with a concert by Xuman, a popular young Russian band that plays European electro-pop and is a full line-up. The team has recorded several witty video clips, appreciated at their true worth in Russian and Western blogs, as well as a whole community of young Russian musicians united by the Xuman Records label.
We will install an artificial seven-meter rock in the park so that everyone can feel like a climber.Experienced instructors will help you put on your equipment correctly and safely conquer the summit.
Children and adults will be able to warm up before the upcoming matches on simulators, which are used to prepare astronauts for flights.
Yoga Dance Capoeira
All day in the Alpbau tent – yoga, capoeira, dance aerobics, latina, C-Walk, Hip-Hop, Lady’s dance and other modern fitness with meaning.
Yo-yo and Diabolo
Mounts, hops, vips, suisides – you will see these and other cunning tricks with a simple toy on a string and learn to juggle with the “devil on two sticks”.
You can not only ride a bike, but also dance. Riders will show you how to balance on the rear wheel, spin on the front wheel, jump 180 degrees without touching the ground with your feet.For the most daring, a master class will be held every hour to teach the basics of this fashionable and young type of cycling.
This sport was born in 2004, when the German inventor Alexander Bock came up with unique boots-runners or, as they are called today, jolly jumpers. For some, the new springy stilts have become a source of extreme and adrenaline rush. For others, it is a way to quickly lose weight and improve health: unlike running and walking, jumping on jumpers does not overload the joints and spine, improve posture and develop the vestibular apparatus.We invite you to see for yourself.
It is not completely clear what exactly inspired the creators of frisbee – UFOs or tin trays for pies, which American students threw at recess. Most likely both. Today many people like to “leave the plate” in the park or on the beach, but not everyone knows that there are more than ten varieties of this game in the world. At the festival you will be able to play frisbee shooting, ken jam, disc golf and freaketting.
This is a mixture of football freestyle and street football, where the main task is not to score a goal into the goal, but to throw the ball between the opponent’s legs. The festival will host a tournament among panna masters and training sessions for everyone who wants to join this “purest kind of football”, as its fans call it.
When shuffleboard was just born in English pubs, the champion was simply the one who did not have double vision.This floor game, similar to the classics and curling at the same time, does not require special physical training and is perfect for any age.
For sports fans, we have prepared miniature analogs of billiards, hockey and football as an idea. Our tabletop arsenal also includes more exotic games – rogue and novus.
In Russian chronicles there is a mention of the fact that the Novgorod prince Oleg used kites during the capture of Constantinople in 906.: “And he made horses and soldiers out of paper, and lifted them up into the sky above the city; then the Greeks saw them and were frightened. ” Not only snakes can be airy, but also birds, insects, sea monsters, dragons and fish. Managing them is a real art and a virtuoso sport. We will teach everyone how to tame the air “pets” and correctly place traps for the wind.
This ancient Chinese game with white and black stones is played by almost 30 million people on earth, that is, on average, there is one go player for every 200 inhabitants of the planet.Many people remember what go looks like – thanks to the cult films Pi, A Beautiful Mind, and Tron: Legacy – but they don’t know the rules. At the Direct Contact Festival, you have a chance to join the global fan club of the board game, which is considered by a number of scientists to be the prototype of political, informational, conflict and economic models of humanity.
Californian rock climbers taught the world to walk on a tight sling, who practiced balancing act on chains that fenced off parking lots.Today slackline has become an independent sport with its own championships and world records. Professional slackliners will demonstrate their skills and share the secrets of balancing gait with the guests of the festival.
Street basketball has long ceased to be a courtyard game: in 2016 it will be included in the program of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It will be possible to push under the ring and “throw a three” in the pro team of the 3×3 game.
Sport for the little ones is racing on pedalless bicycles, known as “runbikes” or “runbikes”.
Canadian aborigines also loved to drive lacrosse; at that time the teams had from 100 to 1000 people, and the field of play stretched for three kilometers. The game with a rubber ball and a net came to Russia only 6 years ago, and the first official match took place in 2009.Perhaps lacrosse is your favorite sport, but you don’t know it yet. At the festival, we will install a special simulator that allows you to get acquainted with the basic skills of the game.
Games of our yard
Almost forgotten, but such wonderful games of Soviet childhood – rubber bands, bouncers, classics, “the sea worries once” – from courtyards may well become parks.
The new wave of hipsters is prone to self-irony: the guys came up with their own championship, where they compete in such disciplines as coffee bowling, throwing throws, engribabouting and narrow jin pull.This is a sport for those who are tired of reibans, but continue to flaunt them.
Contrary to stereotypes, paintball is not only fun for corporate events, but also a serious sport with its own ranks, candidates and masters. In Russia, championships, championships and paintball competitions are regularly held in four leagues. Festival “Direct Contact” will open paintball for park visitors from a new, unexpected side.
The backdrop for street games and sports battles are bright frescoes on the facades of houses and fences.Artists will embody their ideas in the park throughout the day. And for those for whom it is too early to pick up a spray can of paint, we will hold a master class on tabletop graffiti.
90,000 Four events of the week in the KHL – Real time
The four main events of the week in the KHL
A week in Russian hockey has been rich in failures and scandals – Salavat Yulaev and Avtomobilist continue their peak to the bottom of the playoff eight, and Severstal is fighting with agents and the most strange legionnaire.At the same time, a tragedy happened in the hockey family – the owner of the Gagarin Cup passed away. About how Ufa and Yekaterinburg are going to get out of the crisis and how the conflict between Severstal and foreign snatchers will end – in Realnoe Vremya’s review of the events of the KHL week.
Question of the week: why is Salavat Lamsa diving to the bottom of the eight
The Ufa team suffered four defeats in the last five matches. Paradoxically, two of them are from Finnish “Jokerit” with a total score of 1: 6 – after all, it would seem that Tomi Lamsa could find at least some clues in the confrontation with his compatriots to fight or prepare a surprise.Who better than him to know how to deal with Finnish teams?
2:12 – this is the difference between goals scored and conceded in these five games, from which it is easy to conclude that Ufa has huge problems with attack and even bigger problems with defense.
In Ufa, Lamsa is also criticized for the content of hockey – according to local fans and journalists, Salavat Yulaev has moved away from its traditional attacking game and is now showing the saddest hockey in the last decade. Local journalists also talk about the deterioration of the microclimate in the team.
In Ufa, Lamsa is also criticized for the content of hockey. Photo: vk.com/hcsalavat
It turns out that it was not the “toxic” Soshnikov who was to blame for the bad atmosphere in the locker room, and even less the forward just stopped scoring – in CSKA his business went uphill. Nikita scored in his debut game for the army team, and in the recent top match with Avangard he scored 2 (1 + 1) points. Plus, the striker has already earned a call to the national team for the matches of the Channel One Cup.
The Finnish specialist himself, in response to questions about his resignation, translates the topic to “other solutions to the problem” and claims that the hockey players know what kind of hockey he asks them to play.But where is this weak link in the team, if everyone knows everything, but cannot give up and miss a lot?
Failure of the week: Bill Peters has serious problems
Whatever the problems of Ufa, in comparison with those in Yekaterinburg, they seem so far only minor troubles. Avtomobilist, pumped up by big contracts from UMMC, suffered ten defeats in a row with a catastrophic difference between goals scored and missed 12-40 goals. It all started on November 16 with a dry defeat from Ak Bars.
A complete hopeless failure, which finally established that the star Bill Peters did not understand the KHL hockey, was the crushing defeat in St. Petersburg – 7: 2. Youth SKA and Andrey Kuzmenko made fun of the Ural team, and Kuzmenko gave the most derisive goal of the entire season.
What does the sports director of the Urals residents Oleg Gross do in this situation? He is looking for another expensive reinforcement, which has become the king of lacrosse goals, Sergey Shumakov. In addition, Gross needs to do something with the heavy contracts of Jeff Plat and Dan Sexton, whom he himself invited, but they turned out to be not fighters.It is unlikely that anyone today will covet such costly but ineffective assets.
In the meantime, of all the expensive roster on the ice, it seems that only veteran Pavel Datsyuk is fighting. In his opinion, the whole point is that people are now better tuned in to Avtomobilist.
– Nine defeats in a row do not have one reason. We relaxed somewhat after winning streaks. They began to tune in on us better, we are playing against the best teams in the league now. They began to score a little, and confidence was gone, – said the captain after the ninth defeat.
If the wonderful St.Louis scenario of 2019 does not take place in Yekaterinburg (which is very unlikely), then Yekaterinburg fans will once again have to forget about the claims to the main trophy and the ambitions of a big club, which they have been cherishing for three seasons after the arrival of UMMC.
Severstal became interested in a free asset and took the Canadian, but he flatly refuses to sign a contract with the new club. Photo: dinamoriga.lv
Kidok of the Week: Mitchell Bred Severstal to Eureka?
A legionnaire scandal broke out last week.
First, Dinamo Riga (read Peteris Skudra) decided to include forward Zach Mitchell in the list of refusals. Severstal became interested in a free asset and took the Canadian, but he flatly refuses to sign a contract with the new club.
The next day, Severstal’s mentor added fuel to the fire through his Instagram: “Imagine the situation: Stremwall, exchanged to SKA, did not want to go to St. Petersburg and did not re-sign the existing contract. What would happen to this hockey player and his agent who wants to knock more money out of the club? Zach Mitchell and his agent Alyosha Pilko are doing just that with Severstal.I hope the KHL will not only disqualify both of them, but also punish them with a ruble. ”
The agent said in a comment to Sport24: “Mitchell does not have a Russian work visa. He cannot play for Severstal on the visa that he has now. Moreover, he cannot even enter Russia. To do this, you need to notify 10 days before entry <...> When the club draws up all the necessary documents for it, then we’ll talk. ”
Later, new details of the disagreement between the club and the hockey player’s side surfaced.According to some version, the player simply did not want to receive a salary in rubles.
– Mitchell has a visa – he once flew to Russia with Dynamo Riga. Therefore, he can get into our country. <…> The player does not get in touch, the agent speaks for him. As I understand it, their position is to make as much money as possible and sign a more profitable contract. <...> That is, the essence of the conflict, most likely, is precisely in this – the currency of the contract. Latvia is abroad, and Cherepovets is Russia. We cannot write a contract in euros, as it was done with Dynamo.We signed a contract at the ruble exchange rate, – explained Nikolay Kanakov, director of Severstal, to Sport-Express.
If the version is confirmed, the Kontinental Hockey League is simply obliged to side with the Russian club, disqualify the player (and possibly even ban him from playing in the KHL, as they do in the NHL in case of serious violations) and revoke Pilko’s license to work in the KHL.
Gagarin Cup winner Artem Chernov left
A tragic event happened last week for the Russian hockey team.On December 11, at the age of 38, the Gagarin Cup winner with Dynamo Artem Chernov passed away. According to one version, the consequences of the postponed coronavirus provoked heart problems in him.
Svetlana Koltsova, the wife of the former defender of Salavat Kirill Koltsov, announced the death of the hockey player on Instagram.
The pupil of “Forge” was another “diamond” of the Novokuznetsk hockey school, which required cutting, but never fully revealed its potential.Considered one of Russia’s most talented players in the early 2000s, he was picked by Dallas in the 2000 NHL draft in the fifth round. But drugs intervened in the life and career of a hockey player.
Chernov finished his career in the spring with his own “Forge” in the VHL and planned to become a children’s coach. He even had negotiations with the leadership of the Salavat Yulaev school. Artem was no longer destined to work in a new role.
90,000 Right to death
Alexander Genis: Introducing a new essay from the series “The Extraordinary Americans of Vladimir Morozov,” I want to emphasize the unique role of this author in the ACh team.Morozov possesses a rare gift that allows him to inspire confidence in any interlocutor in order to talk on the most acute, and often very painful topics. An example is a conversation with the hero of today’s program, 75-year-old widower Gary Knisely.
Vladimir Morozov: They say that here, on Park Avenue, is the most expensive real estate in the world. At the intersection of 81st Street, there are two doormen at the entrance of a skyscraper. When I arrive at the 14th floor, Gary Knisely is already waiting for me. We sit down at a spacious table and I take out a tape recorder.
Gary, tell me why are you so brave? You didn’t ask me for a reporter’s ID, you didn’t know me, invited me to your house?
Gary Kniseley: I was once asked this question by my friends. The fact is that I have a positive attitude towards people. I got used to trust them. This attitude has not let me down yet. And I will stay that way.
Vladimir Morozov: But you worked as a “headhunter” on behalf of various companies, recruiting high-class specialists for them.That is, you, so to speak, studied human nature …
Gary Kniseley: No, I wouldn’t say that. I just got paid to look for managers for Walt Disney, for large banks, for pharmaceutical companies. I had my own firm – Johnson, Smith & Nisely, six offices. For example, we were asked to find the head of the sales department or the economic department. And I was looking. That is, I did not study human nature, but I had what is called flair.
Vladimir Morozov: It is clear that your applicants tried to make the best impression on you, which, of course, you did not always trust?
Gary Kniseley: One day a nice guy named Cohn came to see me. He was a great candidate. Harvard Business School, formerly a prestigious college in Maryland. In addition, the guy looked great – an open face, a disposing smile. But something told me – check him again.I called the personnel officer at the college, it turned out to be a nice woman who remembered the candidate and had the highest opinion of his business qualities. In addition, she praised his athletic performance. She said that he was an excellent lacrosse player, although he was nothing at all tall – somewhere a little over sixty meters. And my challenger is over a meter ninety. The matter is clear – for some reason the candidate pretended to be someone else … That is, I trust people, but I check them.
Vladimir Morozov: A vast apartment, huge windows, paintings on the walls.Shelves of books, of which a large-format series stands out with its golden covers – Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch, Heraclitus, Pythagoras and other ancient philosophers.
“These are my wife’s books,” Gary says. “Usually, if Varian didn’t cook, she read. She had two thousand cookbooks alone.
Vladimir Morozov: Varian had enough time for tennis and travel. The last thing she and her husband planned to do was to Switzerland.
Gary Kniseley: We were going to go to Switzerland… to die. Euthanasia and suicide with the help of doctors have long been allowed there. Here in America it is more often called “death with dignity” or “the right to die.” Varian and I naively thought about such an end, when we would hit somewhere around 95. Everything happened much earlier. In May 2010, we were driving around France in the Nice area, where we had a house then, and suddenly Varian lost the ability to speak coherently. Although she is a brilliantly educated woman, she is an excellent talker. She worked for Forbes magazine, deputy president of the Sotheby’s auction house.But then the speech completely left her for 15 seconds. We went to a neurologist, and he said that she had a brain tumor in the 4th stage. We returned to America for treatment.
Vladimir Morozov: We went around a bunch of doctors who, apologizing, popularly explained to us that it was too late to be treated. And then Varian made her first suicide attempt with an overdose of sleeping pills.
– Gary, were you trying to talk her out of it?
Gary Kniseley: I … well, I never tried to convince her of anything.First, the brain cancer was in its final stages. Varian was losing her strength more and more, she could hardly walk anymore. She was doomed to a painful death and did not want to delay. And she, you know, had a very firm, even tough character. And for 42 years of life together, she taught me to accept her for who she is. “I want to do it my own way!” – such words meant that my advice was unnecessary and not welcome.
Vladimir Morozov: Sorry, Gary, do you want to convince me that in 42 years of living together, you and your wife have never quarreled?
Gary Kniseley: No, it never happened.Sometimes I half-jokingly told her, let’s have a fight at least once. Well, break a couple of plates. However, this never happened. We talked about everything, all controversial issues were resolved peacefully. Are you fighting with your wife over politics? Well, that’s only because you vote for different parties. And we both supported the Democratic Party. Although in their youth they started out as Republicans. But then they began to vote for the Democrats.
Vladimir Morozov: Varian Nisely’s first suicide attempt was interrupted by the staff of the hospice, a hospital for the incurable, who were caring for Varian.It so happened that they stopped by to check on Nisely shortly after she took a lethal dose of sleeping pills. She was immediately called an ambulance, pumped out and sent for examination to a psychiatrist. But she just dismissed him: “I’m out of my mind and I’m not going to die for six months, I want to do it now.”
Gary, have you discussed the possibility of going to other states of America for this, where suicide with the help of doctors is allowed?
Gary Kniseley: None. Because by that time Varian was already having difficulty moving around the apartment.There is no time for travel. And most importantly, she wanted to die at home. We had enough medication so that Varian could die quickly and without unnecessary agony. Although in this case she brought her end closer by simply refusing to eat and drink. So it never crossed our minds to go somewhere.
Vladimir Morozov: Her second suicide attempt was more successful. Varian died in 2011. She was 68 years old.
Gary Kniseley: The first time after my wife died, I found myself embroiled in a protracted argument with the hospice.With this hospital for hopeless patients. After all, to call a spade a spade, the hospital deceived us. They promised that they would allow Varion to die, but when it came down to it, they called the ambulance, and Varion – against her will – was literally dragged out of the other world.
Euthanasia is only a beautiful word, but in fact, God forbid you to experience such a thing. So my lawyer and I spent several months trying to get the hospice to change its policy. So that other patients in the hospice do not have to worry about what happened to Varian.For the hospital to notify its patients in advance in writing that its administration does not support a person’s right to euthanasia.
Vladimir Morozov: Gary, you are 75 now, but you can see from your walk that you do a lot of sports. What kinds? And also … sorry for a personal question, did you get married again?
Gary Kniseley: I played a lot of squash, now I play tennis, and I also go to the gym a couple of times a week. I have not married, but I am thinking about it.Yes, during the time that I was a widower, I had two girlfriends. But this time the relationship is more serious. We’re going to get married, we’re engaged. The wedding date has already been set – August 3, 2018.
Vladimir Morozov: I wish good luck to the young newlyweds!
Vladimir Morozov: And then I remembered the story of another couple. A close friend of mine has lived with his wife for almost a hundred years, their children are over 60. And then she had Alzheimer’s disease and all body systems began to fail one after another.And this went on for quite a long time. My friend fell into a severe depression. He had a hunting rifle, which, however, he never used. And then somehow, over a glass of wine, he shared with me his plan – to shoot his wife and shoot himself. At the same time he asked me – here you are a hunter, tell me how to shoot yourself with a gun. I knew this well, and not only from books, but from a detailed account of a failed suicide. I myself, so to speak, are theoretically in favor of euthanasia. But teach someone how to commit suicide! And then live with the knowledge that a person has done this on my advice… Sorry, I replied, I can not give advice.
It’s much easier to ask.
– Gary, now another personal question. My wife and I are approaching the turn of 80 years. What would you advise us if, God forbid, a situation similar to yours arises? An incurable disease …
Gary Kniseley: I don’t know. My wife’s case was 7 years ago. Laws and regulations are changing. Contact either a knowledgeable lawyer or a New York-based organization called End of Life Choices that works to ensure that people are entitled to die in extreme cases.