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It’s April 8th, 1995 and the defending champion Philadelphia Wings (7-1), looking to repeat, were facing the upstart cinderella Rochester Knighthawks (4-4) in their first year in the league (replacing the Detroit Turbos), in the 1995 MILL finals at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia beat Buffalo 19-16 in their semi-final game to get to the big game, while Rochester outlasted the Boston Blazers in a hard fought 10-8 gem of a game.
The big story in this game was the Gait Brothers being on opposing sides…who would be the victorious one?
Philadelphia had Gary Gait (MVP of the league for 1995), Tom Marechek, Kevin Finneran, and Scott Gabrielson, with Dallas Eliuk in net.
Rochester countered with Paul Gait (all time MILL leading scorer), Chris Driscoll, Randy Mearns, and Tim Soudan, with Steve “Chugger” Dietrich in net.
This back and forth game had the Gait brothers match eachother step for step, each with five goals in regulation time, sending this to OVERTIME!!
You don’t want to miss this one!
Sit back, relax, and enjoy this game in it’s entirety!
Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.