With the North Carolina men’s lacrosse team serving as a launching pad, several former Tar Heels have made an impact in professional lacrosse leagues. Whether through numerous accolades or high point-scoring totals, Marcus Holman, Chris Cloutier and Chris Gray, in particular, are performing exceptionally well on their respective teams this season.
Here's a look at their careers at UNC and beyond:
After earning ACC Freshman of the Year in 2010, Holman continued to dominate the conference until his graduation in 2013. During his final season in Carolina Blue, Holman led the team in both goals and assists.
Holman was drafted twelfth overall by the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse in 2013 and quickly became one of the most valuable assets to the team. Scoring a total of 448 points over 11 seasons, Holman achieved All-Star status nine times, and he went on to earn one championship with the Machine in 2017.
After the 2018 season, Holman moved his talents to the Archers Lacrosse Club in the Premier Lacrosse League. The PLL later merged with Major League Lacrosse in 2020.
With the Archers, Holman tallied 92 points and three of his All-Star appearances. He is currently a key player for the Cannons Lacrosse Club. In his most recent game against the Redwoods, he scored four goals on 57 percent shooting. He will be instrumental as the second-place Cannons hope to finish out the season on a high note and make a deep run during the September postseason.
Cloutier’s four years with the Tar Heels were historic. As a sophomore, Cloutier earned Most Outstanding Player of the 2016 NCAA Tournament after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime during the national championship game.