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Gait's 5 goals lift Canadians past Mount Washington


In the first quarter, it all seemed so easy for Mount Washington. The Wolfpack was well ahead and outplaying Victoria Royal Waxmen.

And Paul Gait, the Victoria midfielder who is as much a legend as club lacrosse has to offer, was practically invisible.

But it didn't last.

Gait scored five goals, including go-ahead score in overtime, to lift the Canadian team to a 19-18, double-overtime victory last night at Homewood Field.

With the win, Victoria Royal Waxmen drew even in the best-of-three Brogden Cup lacrosse tournament.

The deciding game will be at 1 p.m. today at Norris Field.

The second four-minute overtimes is required by internationarules, regardless of the score after the first.

Mount Washington coach Skip Lichtfuss said Gait's presencwas a factor.

"If anything, it certainly gave them an emotional lift," Lichtfussaid. "Of course, five goals helped, too."

Gait had missed the first game Friday because he was at takina quiz at Syracuse University, where he played collegiately and is still a student.

Mount Washington beat Victoria Royal Waxmen, 20-18, also iovertime, without Gait.

The Wolfpack jumped to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter last nighwhile Gait and the Waxmen looked sluggish.

But Gait scored three second-quarter goals, sparking comeback that resulted in an 11-9 lead for the Canadian club champions at halftime.

The teams stayed close throughout much of the second half anwent into overtime tied at 17.

But with 1 minute, 50 seconds to play in the first overtime, Gaiscored. About a minute and a half later, Kevin Alexander scored his third goal of the game.

Mount Washington managed only a score by Todd Richardson ithe second overtime.

Gary Spaven made 15 saves to lead Victoria Royal Waxmen, anQuint Kessenich led Mount Washington with seven.

Todd Curry, Louis Delligatti and Butch Marino scored three goaleach for Mount Washington. Greg Pepper scored three for the Canadian team.

Gait said after the game that his twin brother, Gary, who chosnot to play in either of the first two games because he was on his honeymoon, might play today.

The Gaits played together at Syracuse.

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