Gait's vision

Since taking over the program in 2007, Syracuse women's lacrosse head coach Gary Gait has not only brought his vision and ideas to the women's program, but to the overall game as well. The lacrosse icon discusses with his plan for this season inside.

Entering his seventh year at the helm of the Syracuse women's lacrosse program, head coach Gary Gait continues to evolve and advocate for his team and the sport in general.

After a busy summer that included hitting the recruiting trail and countless summer camps and clinics, the Orange All-American and lacrosse Hall of Famer came back to work brimming with ideas to put in motion.

"I came back in September and said, ‘What's my focus?'" said Gait.

His vision for this year includes developing a bigger fan base and upgrading the overall game experience.

Gait notes that season tickets are actually being sold in advance and that Time Warner Cable has jumped on board when it comes to coverage. The goal is to get a minimum 2,000 fans per game -- a number that Gait believes no one has ever done in women's lacrosse.

"We have never really been marketed, really," Gait said. "I have put together a plan -- a really aggressive plan. We are getting out in the community, we're trying to develop partners and trying to embrace the students here on campus."

Syracuse's schedule will feature 10 home games this season and will include the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, Northwestern, Florida, Towson, Loyola, and Albany. Four of those games will be double-headers with the men's team according to the head coach.

As far as the challenging out-of-conference schedule, Gait and company will once again be playing "the best of the rest" with the Wildcats and Gators headlining.

"In modern times," Gait said, "I think, in recent NCAA history, it's the first that a team has played every team from the Final Four at home. We are playing everybody that finished in the Top 8 except one team. It's an incredible schedule."

Despite falling short, the Orange capped off a successful campaign, going 18-4 over and undefeated in its conference at 8-0. The team will return key starters in senior Alyssa Murray and sophomore sensation Kayla Treanor. For most part, Syracuse will remained in tact on both sides of the ball. With another season on the horizon, there is a lot to look forward as Gait points out:

"We have a lot of things that are new and have never been done before," Gait said. When you come to a game this year, it should be a lot different, a lot more exciting, and it should be fun to be apart of."

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