Congratulations to MBS alumnus Trevor Baptiste ’14, who helped Team USA repeat as Men’s World Lacrosse Champions with a 10-7 victory over Canada on July 1 in San Diego. This was Baptiste’s second gold medal as he also led Team USA to the title in 2018 after winning a tournament-best 75.3 percent of faceoffs.
In this year’s championship game, Baptiste went 10-for-18 in faceoffs with five ground balls and a caused turnover. In the seven-game tournament, he finished 59-for-79 (.747), while picking up 35 ground balls and providing two assists off draws.
Baptiste is widely regarded as the best faceoff specialist in the game. Last September, he was named the Premier Lacrosse League MVP after recording one of the best faceoff seasons in league history. In his nine games with Atlas, Baptiste won 153 of 219 faceoffs (70 percent) with 83 ground balls.
In college, he was a NCAA Division 1 national champion at the University of Denver in 2015, an NCAA record holder, and still is one the most dominant faceoff specialists in professional lacrosse today.
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, Baptiste led the Denver Pioneers to the team's fifth straight Big East regular season title.
At MBS, Baptiste was a First Team All-State selection for lacrosse 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.
He was inducted into the Morristown Beard School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.