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Wading River’s Gray is the new NCAA points leader in D1 men’s lacrosse

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It’s only right that a Long Islander is at the top of an all-time NCAA lacrosse list, right?

Wading River’s Chris Gray is now the all-time career points leader in D1 men’s lacrosse, after scoring and earning his 401st career point against Duke May 1 in his final college game.

Gray passes Lyle Thompson, who had 400 points for Albany from 2012-15.

It feels great,” Gray told Greater Long Island.

“It was never a goal of mine heading into the season, and I would trade it all away for a shot at the postseason,” he said. “Really, it’s the product of the guys around me my whole college career. I have had the pleasure of playing with some amazing players and under some great coaches, all of whom are responsible for this honor.”

In 14 games this season, Gray tallied 48 goals and 32 assists, which helped him become the 2022 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and a USA Lacrosse Magazine All-American. He’s also a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, an honor the goes to the top college lacrosse player in the nation.

On top of that, he just went pro.

On Tuesday he was picked No. 2 overall by Atlas LC in the Premier Lacrosse League draft.

A graduate of SWR in 2017, Gray was a star in high school lacrosse and football, where he won several county championships.

He began his college career at Boston University but entered the NCAA transfer portal following his sophomore year before ending up at North Carolina.  

But his days as a Wildcat helped shape Gray to be the player he is today.

“Playing for SWR gave me the opportunity to play against some of the best teams in the country which certainly helped me develop as a player,” Gray said.

“I was also extremely fortunate to be able to play with my childhood best friends, where we made some incredible memories.”

Top: Chris Gray in action for the Tar Heels. (credit: goheels.com/ Anthony Sorbellini)