Congratulations to MBS graduate Trevor Baptiste ’14, who was honored by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame on April 3rd as the 2018 College Male Athlete of the Year for his lacrosse accomplishments at the University of Denver. Other honorees at the ceremony included Olympic gold medalist swimmer Missy Franklin and Denver Broncos football player Daniel Graham.
At the University of Denver, Trevor 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.
This past summer, Baptiste helped lead the United States men’s lacrosse team to its first world title since 2010. Team USA captured the championship following a thrilling 9-8 over Canada in Israel.
Last spring, Baptiste was selected as the first overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Boston Cannons, 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 this spring.
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.
At Morristown-Beard School, Baptiste was a First Team All-State selection during his senior season, 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.