Gary Gait still looking to fulfill his promise to Syracuse women’s lacrosse

first_imgGary Gait’s eyes darted back and forth on a calendar that hung on the wall in the women’s lacrosse office. Caitlin Defliese, one of his assistant coaches, was asking him questions about next year’s schedule. Syracuse was 13-4, about to finish the regular season at Louisville in two days, but Gait had already started planning for the future.Before he could set up SU’s next matchup with Cornell, Gait was interrupted. He forgot he had an interview, and the thought of taking a break irritated him. Gait strode into his office tucked into the corner of Manley Field House, planted himself at his L-shaped desk and fired up his desktop monitor before pulling out his Apple MacBook. His work must continue in his office. Gait still has yet to accomplish what he set out to do a decade ago.Gait took control of the Syracuse women’s lacrosse program 10 years ago — nearly 20 years after revolutionizing the sport as a member of the men’s team. Gait and his twin brother Paul led the Orangemen to three NCAA titles from 1988-1990, though the 1990 title was later vacated due to an illegal car loan co-signature between the wife of coach Roy Simmons Jr. and Gait’s brother, Paul. In 1995, Gait became an assistant coach at Maryland under Cindy Timchal and won seven straight national titles.Twelve years after first joining UMD, then-Syracuse Director of Athletics Daryl Gross called Gait and offered him a chance to head his alma mater’s women’s lacrosse program. Former coach Lisa Miller had resigned. Gait initially turned down the job. He had found comfort in Denver coaching the Colorado Mammoth, a National Lacrosse League team. A talk with his wife Nicole and children, Taylor and Braedon, convinced him otherwise.At Syracuse, Gait’s record is 163-53. The Victoria, British Columbia, native has propelled the Orange to five straight national semifinals, including seven in the last nine years. Gait doesn’t look back at all he’s accomplished because he said his father taught him not to. Over the years, Gait said he has declined offers from men’s lacrosse programs. He said he won’t allow himself to think about leaving until he fulfills the promise he made to Gross: Win the program its first national championship. Even if he wins, Gaits admitted he’ll be hungry for another.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Keep your head down,” Gait said. “Keep working, keep moving forward and try to reach that goal. I’ve been able to do it with almost every job I’ve had. This one I still haven’t finished the job.”***An unopened bottle of Grey Goose vodka sits atop a file cabinet in Gait’s office — a gift for helping a coach get a new job. Next to the bottle is a row of shelves that take up most of the space on the wall behind Gait’s desk.Lining the shelves are trophies, plaques and memorabilia. Some, like a 2012 Big East Coach of the Year plaque, belong to Gait. Most of the awards belong to his players.“It’s about team success,” Gait said as he swivels around in his chair and stares at the wall. “It’s about what you do as a group and as a team.”Gait coached his first team with his brother when they were both teenagers. For a couple of summers in the 1980s, the Gaits called the shots for a peewee box lacrosse team in Victoria. He returned to the sidelines 23 years ago, when his daughter Taylor was born. Gait sought to learn the women’s game, so he joined Timchal in Maryland. She now coaches Navy and regards Gait as one of the best women’s coaches in the country.When Gait took over for Miller at SU, the Orange had only one NCAA Tournament win. In the 10 years since Gait’s hiring, SU has accumulated 17.Codie Yan | Staff Photographer“Who wouldn’t want to play for Gary Gait?” Sonia Lamonica, the head coach of Towson who played at Maryland while Gait coached there, said. “He is a legend.”Year after year, Gait has brought and developed top-tier recruiting classes into 36 All-Americans and nine players of the year. Generations of legends — Tee Ladouceur, Katie Rowan, Alyssa Murray and Kayla Treanor — came and went, earning countless records but never an NCAA title.Throughout his time at SU, Gait has flourished by putting his players into new situations. He asked Treanor to take draws her senior season and she broke the single-season record for draw controls. Devon Parker had seven goals in three seasons as a midfielder, then switched to attack and now has 23 goals.Gait doesn’t raise his voice at his players, and John Blatchley, Gait’s friend and fellow assistant at Maryland, can’t recall a time where Gait yelled at the team. Former player Halley Quillinan attributes Gait’s encouragement as the catalyst for her improved shot. Gait instead releases the occasional outburst towards a referee.“He was a calming voice,” Murray said. “He made you feel that whenever he was telling you was going to work. That was always nice, to go to the sidelines and have him put a lot of trust in you.”After Syracuse lost to Maryland in the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, Murray said Gait defied the team’s expectation and simply said: The sun will come up in the morning.Team failure to win the biggest prize doesn’t overshadow individual greatness. Blatchley refers to Gait as “the Michael Jordan of the sport.” Roy Simmons Jr., former head coach of SU’s men’s program for 17 years, recruited him and compares Gait’s place in lacrosse to Lou Gehrig’s in baseball.“The name Gait will always be important in this game,” Simmons. said. “I know that kids admire him. The game doesn’t have heroes, but it does have Gary Gait.”Gait appreciates the recognition, but ultimately it irks him. Growing up, he always pressed to move forward. Never falling too low, never reaching too high.He chuckled at the memory of a one-handed shot 15 feet from the net that Blatchley said went 90 miles per hour. Behind the main desk in Manley Field House sits a bronzed figurine of “Air Gait,” the historic play when Gait jumped from behind the crease and dunked the ball over the net.“You know when I played it was easy,” Gait said. “It was always the next one. I never really focused on what was the better shot or what was the better play. It was always the thrill of having that next opportunity.”Gait tries to keep the same mindset as a coach. He can’t help but think, “Oh my god, here we go,” when he receives some honor. Gait would rather be at home watching film, prepping for the next game. That’s why sometimes, during events, Gait pulls out his phone and types away whatever new strategy he just concocted to beat a stingy defense.***Gait rose from his chair and walked to the shelves. He looked around before reaching for a wooden box that rested on top of another. In the larger box lie many watches from a past lifetime filled with winning. He opened the smaller box and looked down at the cluttered mass of rings.The Orange have been close twice. Two national championship trips have ended in losses, Northwestern in 2012 and Maryland in 2014. SU just needed a bounce here or a call there, Gait said.“You need a little extra chemistry and it’ll happen,” Gait said. “So, we’re still trying to find that magic sprinkle of sugar on top to get the rest of that.”He lifted up the ring from the 1990 championship season that the NCAA said doesn’t exist. Gait tried to put it on his ring finger but it didn’t fit. He settled for his pinkie. His coaching national championship ring will be put in the box eventually, he said, his next great moment thrown in with all the others.“You get conference championship rings,” Gait said, referring to the rest. “But we need to get a national championship ring in there.” Comments Published on April 26, 2017 at 11:26 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Anthony Davis bruises back as Lakers win rough one against Knicks

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDavis (who was called for the foul) grabbed at his lower back as trainers attended to him, gently turning him from face-down to his side and then onto his back.The six-time All-Star is the primary reason behind the Lakers’ swift rise to the top of the Western Conference this season. He is averaging 27.7 points and 9.5 rebounds in his first season after the Lakers traded much of their young core and several draft picks to New Orleans to acquire him.“He’s one of our pillars,” Vogel said. “He’s our present. He’s our future. He’s one of the best players in the world. … He’s played through just about everything. He’s as tough as they come. You never want to see any of your guys suffer anything serious so just hope and pray for the best right now.”Earlier Tuesday, Davis predictably declined the Lakers’ four-year, $146 million max contract extension offer, so he can pursue a more lucrative deal as an unrestricted free agent this summer. He finished the night with five points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks in 29 minutes.LeBron James said Davis was in relatively good spirits after the game. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Conversely, they held the improving Knicks (10-27) to 38.9 percent (38 for 95) from the field.Kyle Kuzma chipped in with 16 points, and, as he’d promised, Avery Bradley was available despite tweaking his right ankle in Sunday’s victory over the Pistons. Bradley finished with 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting.Afterward, the Lakers’ thoughts were with Davis, who has lost time to costly injuries before in his career but who has continued to deliver elite effort despite that history and other nagging ailments.“That’s just the competitor he is, that’s who is to his core, he’s a hooper,” said guard Alex Caruso. “That’s how he knows how to play the game … if A.D.’s not playing hard, not going for blocks, not playing right, everyone’s gonna be questioning him. The fact that he can do that, night-in and night-out, year after year, taking the beating that he did, it’s pretty honorable.”“Obviously we know what A.D.’s meant for this team,” James said. “Obviously there’s no replacing him. You can’t say you replace what he does; he does everything. But everybody else has gotta chip in and be better. We’ll see what happens with his injury and take it from there.” “His mood was great – as great as it can be with the fall that he took,” said James, who played through a bout of sickness Tuesday. “I asked him if I could do anything for him and he said you got a win for me. That’s what our team is all about.”It was an all-around taxing day at the office for the Lakers, even as they improved to 30-7 and won their sixth consecutive game.James was feeling so poorly his playing status was a game-time decision. It wasn’t until about 5:45 p.m. – less than two hours before tip-off – that the NBA’s leading assist man entered the locker room, which wasn’t filled with his music pregame as it typically is.“(Skipping the game) crossed my mind a couple times throughout the day, just how I was feeling,” James said. “But I felt like I could give more on the floor than off the floor.”Additionally, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope took a shot to the head from Bobby Porter that resulted in a flagrant 2 foul call and Porter’s ejection. After Caldwell-Pope underwent concussion tests and was cleared, he returned and finished with 15 points in 18 minutes.Later, former Laker Reggie Bullock (who started Tuesday in place of an injured Marcus Morris, who scored a career-high 38 points against the Clippers on Sunday) also drew the crowd’s ire in the third quarter when he spun around JaVale McGee, flinging him down beneath the Lakers’ basket. Bullock was assessed a flagrant 1 foul on the play.Vogel knew James was feeling “lousy,” but once the Lakers’ leader stepped on the court — to the Knicks’ dismay, to be sure – he delivered a robust stat line, finishing with a game-high 31 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot (one of, ahem, only 10 for the Lakers, who’d recorded 20 against Detroit on Sunday).He logged 32 minutes, hit a season-high-tying 6 of 12 3-point attempts, muscled up shots and even confronted Portis after he connected with Caldwell-Pope’s head, sending the Laker guard’s headband flying.“There was no play on the ball,” James said. “I seen the wind-up happen before the actual impact. I seen the way he was chasing KCP down. And then the wind-up. I saw that play happening before it actually happened. So I just voiced my words to what happened and then the refs came in between us, but I knew it definitely was not a basketball play.”As far as the actual basketball went, the Lakers shot 50 percent (41 for 82), including 47.2 percent (17 for 36) from 3-point range – thanks in small part to backup center Dwight Howard, who made his one attempt from behind the arc. Howard, whose one-year veteran’s minimum contract became fully guaranteed Tuesday, finished with five blocks for the second consecutive game.Related Articles PreviousLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 117-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Knicks forward Bobby Portis, right, fouls Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. Portis was ejected from the game after the flagrant foul. (AP Photo/Mark J. 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Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis winces as he hits the ground after falling while trying to defend against a shot by New York Knicks forward Julius Randle during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. Davis left the game. The Lakers won 117-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers lays on the ground after being injured in a collision while defending Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks during the second half of a game at Staples Center on January 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Alex Caruso #4, JaVale McGee #7, Rajon Rondo #9 and Dwight Howard #39 look on as Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers lies on the ground after being injured contesting a shot by Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks look on during the second half of a game at Staples Center on January 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Alex Caruso #4, JaVale McGee #7, Rajon Rondo #9 and Dwight Howard #39 look on as Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers lies on the ground after being injured contesting a shot by Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks look on during the second half of a game at Staples Center on January 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second half of a game against the New York Knicks at Staples Center on January 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball during the second half of a game against the New York Knicks at Staples Center on January 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles upcourtduring the second half of a game against the New York Knicks at Staples Center on January 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Elfrid Payton #6 of the New York Knicks dribbles past Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on January 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball past the defense of Mitchell Robinson #23 of the New York Knicks during the second half of a game at Staples Center on January 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Actor Jack Nicholson looks on during the second half of a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks at Staples Center on January 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots past RJ Barrett #9 and Mitchell Robinson #23 of the New York Knicks during the second half of a game at Staples Center on January 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard dunks as New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox II, left, center Mitchell Robinson, center, and guard Allonzo Trier, right, watch along with Lakers forward Jared Dudley during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 117-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard celebrates his dunk as New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox II, left, turns away during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 117-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard gestures after making a 3-point shot during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 117-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 117-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 117-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, right, shoots as New York Knicks forward Julius Randle during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 117-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, and New York Knicks guard Wayne Ellington reach for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 117-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 117-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Knicks forward Bobby Portis, right, fouls Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. Portis was ejected from the game after the flagrant foul. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 61Knicks forward Bobby Portis, right, fouls Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. Portis was ejected from the game after the flagrant foul. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — As far as 30-point wins go, this one was a bummer.A shudder went through Laker Nation late in the third quarter on Tuesday, when Anthony Davis landed violently on his tailbone, staying down for several minutes before he eventually was able to rise to his feet and walk gingerly toward the locker room, with some stunned chants of “M-V-P” emanating from the crowd.The Lakers said X-rays were negative, but that the Lakers big man bruised his sacrum – the bottom part of his spine above the tailbone. Coach Frank Vogel said Davis was due to have additional testing (an MRI) on the bruised tailbone and that the team would have an update Wednesday. According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Davis said he expected to miss some time.The Lakers star was injured with 2:45 left in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 117-87 victory, after he’d leaped high to meet Julius Randle in midair, attempting to defend the Knicks forward’s drive toward the rim. While elevated, Davis was turned just enough that he was unable to brace himself when he fell.last_img read more