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Baptiste Named to 2018 USILA Player of the Year Watchlist

Jan. 24, 2018

USILA Player of the Year Watchlist

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LOUISVILLE - University of Denver men's lacrosse senior faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste (Denville, N.J.) has been named to the 11-man 2018 Division I Preseason Player of the Year Watch List, the USILA announced Wednesday.

The award is presented to the nation's most outstanding men's lacrosse player as voted on by each respective divisions All American Coach Committee.

Updates to the "watch list" will be released on March 12 and April 16, while three finalists will be announced on May 7. The winners for Division I, II and III will be announced at the Championship Weekend banquets (Division I on May 24 and Divisions II/III on May 25) at Gillette Stadium.

Baptiste, the 2018 BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, became the 58th Division I men's lacrosse student-athlete in history to be named to the USILA All-America First Team for the third time when he received the honor after the 2017 season. The three-time BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year enters his final season with the Pioneers third in the NCAA record books in faceoff wins (879) and fifth in ground balls (481).

In the national preseason polls this year, Denver has been picked third by Lacrosse Magazine, fourth by the United States of Intercollegiate Lacrosse coaches and fifth by the Inside Lacrosse staff.

The Denver men's lacrosse team, Presented by your Hometown Toyota Stores, will open the season with a short trip down I-25 to No. 17 Air Force on February 10 (1 p.m. MT). Denver will follow that up with a trip to No. 2 Duke (February 16/3 p.m./ESPNU). The Crimson and Gold will also travel to No. 9 North Carolina (March 5/2 p.m. MT) and No. 6 Notre Dame (March 10/12:30 p.m./ESPNU).

Denver's home games at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium include visits from No. 8 Ohio State (March 17/1 p.m.), No. 14 Towson (March 24/12 p.m.) and No. 15 Marquette (April 28/1 p.m.).

Check out the first of three previews for the 2018 Denver men's lacrosse season here. 


For all Denver Athletics ticket inquires, call 303-871-GOAL (4625). Season tickets for the 2018 season are on sale now for $80 and can be purchased here.

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