The Morristown-Beard School community celebrated the induction of Trevor Baptiste ’14 (lacrosse, swimming) and Whitney Brusman Shelton ’94 (soccer, lacrosse, basketball) into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, November 15th in Kirby Chapel.
Trevor Baptiste ’14 was a First Team All-State selection for lacrosse during his senior season at MBS, winning 80 percent on faceoffs while also collecting 42 goals and 22 assists. The Crimson finished the season with a 19-3 record and were ranked 17th in the state. After graduating from MBS, Trevor played four years of varsity lacrosse at the University of Denver, where he was a two-time finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, which honors the national lacrosse player of the year. He finished his collegiate career by setting NCAA records for faceoff wins (1158) and faceoff winning percentage (.714). He also picked up 644 ground balls, good for second in NCAA history in that category.
In the summer of 2018, Baptiste helped lead the United States men's lacrosse team to its first world title since 2010 as Team USA captured the championship following a thrilling 9-8 over Canada in Israel. Baptiste was selected as the first overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Boston Cannons in 2018, earned All-America honors and was named Big East Midfielder of the Year for a fourth consecutive season. A Senior CLASS Award finalist, Trevor led the Denver Pioneers to the team's fifth straight Big East regular season title.
In 2015, Baptiste set the NCAA Division I season record for most faceoff wins by a freshman (259) and helped the Denver Pioneers capture the NCAA lacrosse championship following a 10-5 win over Maryland. It was the first time that a team west of the Mississippi had ever won the championship. He currently plays lacrosse professionally for the Atlas Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League and was selected as a captain for the 2019 PLL All-Star Game.
Whitney Brusman Shelton ’94 earned 12 varsity letters in her four years at MBS. She was a member of the 1990 Girls Prep B state championship softball team, 1992 and 1993 Girls Prep B state championship soccer teams, and 1992 Girls Prep B state championship lacrosse team. Her awards include: 1992 girls soccer MVP, 1992 girls lacrosse Most Improved Player (MIP), 1993 Morristown-Beard Scholar-Athlete, 1994 Girls Sportsmanship Award. Whitney scored 66 career goals in only three years for the girls soccer team (the team started during her sophomore year). She was also a three-time member of the Soccer Prep All-State 2nd team.
Whitney played four years of varsity soccer at William Smith College. Her team reached the Final Four in 1995 and 1997, serving as the national runner-up in 1997. During her senior year, Whitney was a captain, an all-league selection, and a member of the 1997 Final Four all-tournament team. She graduated from William Smith College in 1998 and went on to receive a Master of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University in 2000.
Congratulations to Trevor and Whitney! Go Crimson!