Junior faceoff specialist closes with four points and 23 faceoff wins in 16-11 decision
Junior faceoff specialist finishes with 26 wins to become DU career leader
Senior captain tallies game-winning buzzer beater to propel Pioneers past Fighting Irish
Pioneers record first shutout in their Division-I history
Cannizzaro posts 200th career point alongside second hat trick with Walker
USATSI photos of Denver vs. Maryland men's lacrosse national championship on May 25, 2015
HONORS AND AWARDS:
Tewaaraton Award Nominee (2015 and 2016)...USILA First Team All-America (2015 and 2016)...NCAA All-Tournament Team (2015)...BIG EAST Conference Midfielder of the Year (2015 and 2016)...First Team All-BIG EAST (2015 and 2016)...Named NCAA.com Offensive Player of the Week (5/19/15)...Named BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Week (5/15/15)...BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (4/24/16, 3/21/16)...BIG EAST Preseason Team (2016)...Inside Lacrosse Preseason First Team All-America (2016).
Started all 19 games as the Pioneers' faceoff specialist, finishing the season 310-456 from the dot...Netted eight goals and distributed five assists as Denver's FOGO...Baptiste's 310 faceoff wins set the NCAA record for faceoff wins by a freshman, and the Denver rookie finished fourth in the NCAA record books in faceoff wins...Finished with double-digit faceoff wins in all 19 games...Tallied 15+ faceoff wins in 13 of Denver's 19 games...Recorded 25 faceoff wins twice, the second-highest faceoff wins mark in school history (26, Ben Wahler vs. Ohio State, 4/19/08)...Picked up double-digit ground balls in five games, including a season-high 16 on 4/18/15 in Denver's 13-9 win over Providence...NCAA RANKINGS: Finished first in faceoff winning percentage (0.680) and ninth in ground balls per game (7.37).
Four-year letterwinner at Morristown-Beard School...2014 US Lacrosse All-American...Team Most Valuable Player...First Team All-New Jersey
Alden Hess Award Winner...Captain of club team...Under Armour Underclass All-American...Four-year swimming letterwinner...National Honor Society of High School Scholars
Born on July 3, 1996 in Newark, N.J...Son to Leon and Dena...Has one sister Breeann...Chose the University of Denver because of the location of the campus and the elite coaching staff...Goal is to make the most of his time at DU, make lasting relationships and win a national championship...Plans to major in business.