Baum has been an excellent student at Colgate, he is a Geography major with a 3.61 cumulative grade-point average. A mainstay on the Colgate Academic Honor Roll, Baum has been a member six of his seven semesters. In addition, he made the Colgate Dean’s List six times. He was honored in both 2011 and 2012 by making the Patriot League Lacrosse All-Academic team. In his junior year, achieved a 3.71 in the fall semester and then during his playing season increased that to 3.89. To achieve those standards as a student-athlete competing at the highest level of collegiate sports is something to cherish.
Baum is a high character young man who, as senior, was voted unanimously by his peers to serve as a captain for our the Colgate lacrosse program. He is also a huge supporter of other Colgate athletes and teams, and can often be found in the stands cheering on his fellow student-athletes. Watching him interact with television personalities, professors, young children, college administrators, his peers or complete strangers is to observe a young man who is humble, honest and courteous. Peter is the gold standard of what Colgate wants all students to aspire to.
Baum has been selfless in donating his time to Colgate’s Adopt-A-Class program run by the athletics department. He also donated his time to young boys who have come to campus to take part in Colgate lacrosse clinics.
Baum won the 2012 Tewaaraton and Lt. Raymond J. Enners awards as the nation’s top player. He became the first Colgate, Patriot League, and West Coast player to win the Tewaaraton Award. In January 2013, he was selected as No. 1 overall pick in Major League Lacrosse Draft by Ohio Machine. This was Colgate’s first overall No. 1 selection in any sport. Peter was also named 2012 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. He led the country with 5.39 points per game and 3.72 goals per game, setting a season long career-high with 97 points from 67 goals and 30 assists. This also set the Colgate and Patriot League marks for points and goals in a season. He also broke Patriot League Tournament records for individual assists (6) and points (9) in a game, as well as total individual assists (10) and points (18) in a single tournament. Baum enters 2013 on a 45-game point-scoring streak that began his freshman season on March 2, 2010. Baum was also nominated by his home state of Oregon as a candidate for Athlete of the Year, along with being named 2013 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by unanimous selection.