By erupting for four goals in his first quarter as a Tar Heel, UNC men's lacrosse's Chris Gray joined the ranks of fresh faces in Chapel Hill who surpassed lofty expectations in their first game in Carolina blue.
While Sam Howell and Cole Anthony have become household names as true first-years, the same cannot be said for Gray, a junior transfer from Boston University. With two years of college lacrosse under his belt, Gray comes to North Carolina after compiling one of the most productive seasons in NCAA history.
In his 2019 campaign with the Terriers, the 5-foot-7 junior from Wading River, N.Y., broke just about every record in sight with his attacking style of play from behind the goal. In just 17 games, Gray tallied an NCAA-leading 111 points off 49 goals and 62 assists. Those numbers earned him first-team All-American honors as a sophomore, along with being named a finalist for the coveted Tewaaraton Award, an honor bestowed upon the nation's best college lacrosse player each year.
With a plethora of accolades early in his career, there was certainly buzz surrounding his decision to move from the Patriot League to the ACC. And by the end of Saturday’s 19-6 season-opening victory over Colgate, that buzz was certainly warranted.
With all eyes on Dorrance Field watching Gray — who head coach Joe Breschi refers to as his “quarterback” — the talented attacker took little time to prove that his prior success will carry over to his new role at UNC.