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Baptiste Becomes Sixth Four-Time First Team All-American in History of Sport

May 24, 2018

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PERRY, N.Y. - University of Denver men's lacrosse faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste (Denville, N.J.) has earned USILA First Team All-America honors for the fourth-consecutive season, the USILA announced on Thursday. Baptiste is the sixth player in the history of an award that dates back to 1922 to earn first-team status in all four years of his college career. On Thursday, Baptiste was also named the Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award winner as the most outstanding midfielder in college lacrosse.

Four-Time First Team All-Americans

  • Doug Turnbull - Johns Hopkins - 1922-25
  • Everett Smith - St. John's - 1934-37
  • Frank Urso - Maryland - 1973-76
  • Del Dressel - Johns Hopkins - 1983-86
  • Mike Powell - Syracuse - 2001-04
  • Trevor Baptiste - Denver - 2015-18

"Trevor has earned so many accolades over the last four years, it's hard to not be repetitive," head coach Bill Tierney said. "He is worthy of everything and anything positively said about him, whether it be about his character, lacrosse ability, leadership style or maturity. The sign of a great one is determined by how the team would be without him and we would truly have been different the last four years had there been no Trevor. The added ingredient to Trevor's contribution however, is that his teammates became great by being motivated by his work ethic and drive to be the best each and every day. The impact of being a four-time first team All American has probably not sunk in with Trevor, but having watched Frank Urso, coached Del Dressel and competed against Mikey Powell, I am keenly aware of the rarified company this honor keeps. Trevor deserves to be mentioned amongst the best ever and his impact on the game will never be forgotten."

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, 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.

Baptiste, who was named a finalist for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award earlier this season, earned one of five Senior All-America First Team honors as well from the award's organization on Thursday.

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.

Baptiste finished his career with double-digit faceoff wins in 68 of 69 career games, 15+ wins in 46 career games and 20+ wins in 21 career games. In his faceoff match-ups in his collegiate career, Baptiste posted a record of 63-2-4. Baptiste also ended his Denver career with 30 goals on 30-of-95 shooting (.316) to go with 12 assists for 42 career points. The Denville, N.J., native picked up 644 career ground balls, good for second in NCAA history.

Baptiste was joined on the All-America list by third teamers Ethan Walker (Peterborough, Ontario) and Dylan Gaines (Baltimore, Md.). Junior midfielder Colton Jackson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and junior close defender Dylan Johnson (Englewood, Colo.) both received Honorable Mention All-America honors from the USILA on Thursday. Read more about the quartet of Pioneers here.

Yale's Ben Reeves joined Baptiste in 2018 as one of 60 players in the history of the award to earn a first team honor three times.

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