For unity, Canadians let it go to their heads Players join with P. Gait in sporting bleached look

July 19, 1998|By Jamison Hensley and Bill Free

Taking a cue from the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, every Team Canada player bleached his hair before yesterday's game.

Trying to convey team unity, the players followed the lead of star midfielder Paul Gait, who came to the World Games with a new platinum blond hairdo. Their efforts brought mixed results, however, as a few players were left with reddish and bright brown-colored coifs.

"I was trying to be a little different and give the kids something to talk about," Gait said. "I guess it turned into a fad for the team."

Paul and his twin brother, Gary, have combined for 12 goals and three assists in two games at the age of 31. Showcasing the same creative and flashy scoring styles from their Syracuse days, the brothers made it known that they're still up for a couple more international appearances.

"We're taking them one at a time," said Gary Gait, who is also an assistant coach for the four-time defending national champion Maryland women's lacrosse team. "I think when you decide to retire, it may not always be a physical thing but a mental one. Physically, I know I'm good for a few more."

Sawicki's fifth appearance

Canada goalkeeper Ted Sawicki officially tied the record with his fifth World Games appearance when he started the first 14 seconds of the contest against the Iroquois Nation. Sawicki came back in for the final seven minutes, but allowed five goals in a forgettable performance.

"I don't like how the last seven minutes went, but I am proud and honored to play and that they started me," said Sawicki, 36, who started for Canada in the 1982 World Games in Baltimore at the age of 20. "I'm happy to be part of the team, but I know I can play better than that."

Horrigan hot in loss

Towson University's 5-foot-9, 150-pound goalkeeper, John Horrigan, put on an outstanding show in the net for winless Wales yesterday morning.

Horrigan made 19 saves in an 8-6 setback to the Czech Republic, which dropped Wales to 0-3.

It was the first win for the Czechs in three starts.

Horrigan had 12 saves Friday in a 16-9 loss to Germany and he didn't play in a first-round setback to Sweden.

Red title on the line

The round-robin title of the Red Division, which is comprised of six emerging lacrosse nations, will be decided today at 9 a.m. between Japan (3-0) and Germany (3-0).

The Red Division champion advances to Tuesday's play-in game, the winner of which moves on to the World Games semifinals.

Banquet tickets available

Tickets are still available for the World Lacrosse '98 awards banquet and closing party at the Baltimore Convention Center.

It's $65 per person and includes dinner, drinks, photo exhibits from the games and a special highlight video.

Call 410-235-6882, ext. 105 for information and tickets.

Pub Date: 7/19/98

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