Christopher Cara, PMHS Class of 2001, is the only Patchogue-Medford lacrosse player to have achieved All-America status. “Chris put Patchogue-Medford lacrosse on the map,” according to his coach, Conrad Bernatzky. He was named to the All-League and All-Suffolk County lacrosse teams three times, the All-Long Island team twice, and as a senior he was selected to the high school All-America team and won the award as Patchogue-Medford’s Most Outstanding Senior Athlete. Chris was also a top scholar, with a 96 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society.
At Bucknell University, Chris was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year as a freshman and was all-league as a sophomore. He had a sensational junior year, finishing the 2004 season as the leading scorer in the nation. In his senior season he again placed among the nation’s top scorers, was named an All-American for second time as well as an Academic All-American, and was a finalist for National Player of the Year. He scored six goals and was named MVP of the postseason North-South All-Star Game, and earned the prestigious Christy Mathewson Award as Bucknell’s male Athlete of the Year. Chris finished his college career as Bucknell’s all-time leading scorer, with 249points on 111 goals and 138 assists. In June 2005 Chris was the top pick of the Major League Lacrosse Long Island Lizards.
After playing professionally for two seasons, Chris moved on to a very successful career in digital advertising. He and his wife Lindsey live in Manhattan with their two-year old daughter Hailey.