May 24, 2018
Pioneer Movement | USILA Release
PERRY, N.Y. – The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team, Presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, has placed five student-athletes on USILA All-America teams, the coaches’ association announced on Thursday.
Senior faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste (Denville, N.J.) became the sixth player in history to earn first team honors in all four years, sophomore attack Ethan Walker (Peterborough, Ontario) and junior close defender Dylan Gaines (Baltimore, Md.) earned USILA Third Team All-America honors and junior midfielder Colton Jackson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and junior close defender Dylan Johnson (Evergreen, Colo.) both earned USILA Honorable Mention honors. Walker and Jackson earned All-America nods for the second time in as many seasons after earning honorable mention honors in 2017.
A two-time Tewaaraton Award Finalist, Baptiste set the NCAA record for career faceoff wins at 1158 and career faceoff winning percentage at .714. For the second season in a row, Baptiste finished at 74.4 percent from the dot, this time going 279-for-375 with 163 ground balls, and added eight goals and two assists in 17 games. Baptiste tied for the 10th-most faceoff wins in a single game in NCAA history in Denver’s BIG EAST win at No. 7 Villanova on April 6, winning 27 of his 30 attempts in the contest. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft will join the Boston Cannons in June before leaving for the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Israel July 11-20. Baptiste will play July 4 for Boston in Denver before departing with Team USA.
Walker led the Pioneers with 70 points on 48 goals and 22 assists, including five man-up strikes. With three games left on the Division I calendar, Walker is 19th in points per game (4.12), seventh in goals per game (2.82), 20th in shooting percentage (0.453) and 34th in man-up goals (5). Walker had a career-high eight points on six goals and two assists to lead Denver at No. 1 Duke. Later in the campaign, Walker surpassed that career mark with nine points at No. 7 Villanova, scoring a career-high eight times and adding a helper. Overall, Walker recorded eight hat tricks in 2015, including 5+ goals in four contests.
Gaines has drawn the opponent’s top attackman all season, leading a top-five scoring defense in the country with a career-high 36 ground balls to go with a career-high 22 caused turnovers. The Baltimore, Md., native had a career-high six ground balls in a win at Air Force and tied a career-high in caused turnovers with three in Denver’s NCAA First Round win over Notre Dame. Gaines scored Denver’s first goal of the season and his first career goal in a victory in the snow at Air Force. In the NCAA rankings, Gaines is currently 38th in the country in caused turnovers per game at 1.29.
Jackson finished third on the team in goals, assists and points with 22, 12 and 34, respectively, including five man-up tallies for the Pioneers. The Colorado product tied a career-high with four goals on two occasions in 2018, including in Denver’s NCAA Quarterfinal loss to No. 2 Albany last weekend. Jackson tied his career high in points with four three times with performances at No. 1 Duke, at Furman and against Albany. Jackson’s 2018 totals gave the Pioneer junior a career high in assists (12) and points (34).
Johnson played and started in all 17 games next to Gaines in the third-best scoring defense in the country in 2018. The Evergreen, Colo., native topped his career high in ground balls with 52 and had more caused turnovers (17) than he forced in his first two seasons combined. Johnson forced a career-high three takeaways in Denver’s win over fellow 2017 Championship Weekend participant Ohio State at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in March.
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