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Paul Gait
Box player  - 2014

Born in Victoria in 1967, Paul Gait is widely regarded as one of lacrosse’s all-time great players. 

Paul and twin brother Gary grew up playing all sports and both excelled at anything that they played – soccer, basketball, rugby, track and field – and of course, lacrosse. 

Paul also won numerous National titles with his brother and was also a member of the Victoria-Esquimalt Legion Minto Cup championship team in 1988. 

An ambidextrous shooter, Paul had an outstanding career as a midfielder for the Syracuse University Orangemen (1987-1990.) Averaging 4.45 points per game, Paul led Syracuse to 3 national championships. He was selected as a First Team All-American by the USILA in 1988, ’89 and ’90 and was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1989 NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse Championship Tournament. 

While at Syracuse Paul set numerous records and popularized innovative moves such as behind-the-back passing and shooting. 

In 1991 he joined the Detroit Turbos of the National Lacrosse League, the first of six NLL teams he’d play for between 1991 and 2005. Four times he led the NLL in goal scoring. Eight times he was named to the First-Team All Pro. And in 2002 he won the NLL’s MVP award. In total, Paul was on 3 NLL championship teams and he currently ranks as the NLL’s third all-time goal-scorer with 410 and is eighth in points with 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. 

In Canadian Senior A lacrosse Paul was no less outstanding, winning four Mann Cups including one in 1999 with WLA’s Victoria Shamrocks, sharing the MVP trophy with his twin brother Gary. 

Paul was inducted into the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame (2005), inducted as a charter member of the NLL Hall of Fame (2006), the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (2010), BC Sports Hall of Fame (2011) and a member of the Victoria Seasprays team inducted in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame Team Category.