A 19-year-old Montgomery County man in his sophomore year at Yale University was found shot to death Sunday in an apparent robbery attempt on the school's campus, police in New Haven, Conn., reported yesterday.

Christian H. Prince, a Chevy Chase resident once described by a high school teacher as a "scholar-leader-athlete," was discovered by fellow students in front of a church at 1:15 a.m. with a single gunshot wound in the chest, police said.

He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said they found his wallet with money still in it near the church. No arrests have been made.

Prince, an avid canoeist who won three varsity letters as a high school athlete, planned to major in Latin American studies at Yale. The son of Edward M. and Sally M. Prince, he was was a fourth-generation member of the family to attend Yale. His brother, Edward M. Prince Jr., and his sister, Sally J. Prince, also attended Yale.

New Haven police said the death was the first slaying on the Yale campus in 16 years, but the sixth in a rash of homicides in New Haven this year.

Prince was found on a well-lit street in the center of the campus, where he appeared to have been walking to his nearby apartment from a party, police said. Police said they believe Prince was walking by himself when he was accosted.

The area is commonly traveled by students late at night and is not considered dangerous, university officials said. Police, however, said they increased patrols recently because of reports of car thefts.

Sheila Wellington, secretary of the university, said "security systems and awareness programs" for students have been strengthened in recent years in response to an overflow of drug-related and other violent crime from the surrounding city.

"We are outraged by this despicable, senseless crime," Yale President Benno C. Schmidt Jr. said in a prepared statement. "We grieve over the loss of this innocent life."

Prince was a 1989 graduate of the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J., where he lettered in football, hockey and lacrosse. He was captain of the lacrosse team in his senior year, and was selected to the All-America high school lacrosse team.

He was expected to play on Yale's varsity lacrosse team this spring.

Before Lawrenceville, Prince attended the Landon School in Bethesda.

In addition to athletics, he achieved superior academic grades at Lawrenceville, where housemaster James Adams described him in a 1987 letter as a "scholar-leader-athlete . . . . If he is missing something, I don't know what it is."

Prince was scheduled to serve an internship this summer as an aide in the U.S. Senate.

He also engaged in wilderness canoeing in Canada, once traveling 800 miles during a six-week trip with a small group in the James Bay area of Ontario.

On his return to Yale, he wrote, "These periods of separation from civilization enabled me to reflect on the harmony of the pristine rivers, lakes and forests . . . as our small group . . . passed through this captured, timeless setting."