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KNIGHTHAWKS TO TEST WINGS ROCHESTER WIN LIFTS GAITS TO MILL FINAL

ROCHESTER -- There will be another Major Indoor Lacrosse League championship ring in the Gait family soon.

That was assured when the Rochester Knighthawks scored a mild 10-8 upset over the Boston Blazers on Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 7,024 in the War Memorial in a semifinal playoff game.

The first-year Knighthawks (5-4), led by all-pro forward Paul Gait, will face the defending champion Philadelphia Wings (8-1), led by all-pro forward Gary Gait, for the North American Cup at 1 p.m. April 8 in the Philadelphia Spectrum.

Philadelphia advanced to the final by winning its eighth straight game on Saturday night at Memorial Auditorium, a 19-16 victory over the Buffalo Bandits.

The Gaits both own two MILL championship rings, captured when they were teammates with the Detroit Turbos in 1991 and with the Wings last season.

Paul Gait, who lives in the Syracuse area, was reassigned to the Knighthawks because of league territorial rules before this season. He had four goals and three assists Sunday to help beat the Blazers (5-4), who had defeated Rochester twice during the regular season.

"I'm not quite as excited because he's at the top of his game right now," Paul Gait said of his identical twin brother. "He's playing as well as I've ever seen him play."

Rochester overcame an early 4-0 deficit Sunday, scoring eight straight goals through the middle quarters to build an 8-4 edge. Boston stormed back to within 9-8 when Ted Dowling netted his third goal of the day with 4:04 remaining. But Paul Gait fed Peter Parke for the game's final score, which came with 2:07 left.

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