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Trevor Baptiste

School

University of Denver

Position
Faceoff Specialist
Major
Real Estate in the Built Environment

Classroom

Trevor Baptiste holds a 3.83 grade-point average in his major real estate in the built environment with a concentration in property development. He is minoring in finance and has a 3.35 cumulative grade-point average overall. He has completed internships the last two summers with the commercial real estate investment firm Baceline Investments and the privately owned hedge fund Yorkville Advisors. He is a three-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection and three-time dean’s list honoree.

Character

“I have been in college lacrosse coaching for 36 years, having been blessed with being associated with hundreds of great young men. Often we look for role models for our younger players to follow. I have been comforted over the last four years to have Trevor Baptiste serve that role for the Denver Pioneers. With ‘Character’ serving as a primary criteria for this award, besides being the best face-off player in the history of the game, I can unequivocally state that Trevor is one of the finest young men I have ever come across. His attitude, personality, unselfishness and kindness to others is second to none.” – Bill Tierney, Denver Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

Community

Baptiste created a youth lacrosse program called the Inner City Lacrosse League in his hometown of Newark, N.J., which consisted of a week-long camp that he instructed. He served as a counselor at Camp Heart and Soul, a day camp for kids from Newark, N.J., in White Plains, N.Y., where the focus was on teamwork and trust through ropes courses, swimming and other sporting activities. He has volunteered as a City Lax coach and visited patients at a children’s hospital with his Denver teammates. He coached and attended an event for Unified Lacrosse, which is an organization that provides children with special needs the opportunity to play the sport.

Competition

Baptiste earned a spot on Team USA for the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships and was named to the USILA National Player of the Year Watch List. In 2017, he was a Tewaaraton Award Finalist and has been a nominee for the Tewaaraton Award in every season since coming to Denver. He is a three-time USILA first-team All-American and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team when he led Denver to its first National Championship in program history.

Baptiste has been named BIG EAST Conference Midfielder of the Year in every season since coming to Denver, as well as being named first-team All-BIG EAST in every season. He has been named NCAA.com Offensive Player of the Week twice (5/19/15 and 4/10/17) and has been named BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Week twice (5/15/15 and 4/10/17). In addition, Baptiste has been named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week six times in his career and has been named to the BIG EAST Preseason Team in every season.

In 2017, Baptiste was named an IL Media first-team All-American. He has won double-digit faceoffs in all 52 career games entering his senior year and has finished first in the country in faceoff winning percentage in both 2015 (0.680) and 2017 (0.744). He recorded the top ground balls per game output in 2016 (10.19), and finished second in that category in 2017 (10.47). He added a career-high 12 goals to his junior campaign and became just the 58th player in Division I men’s lacrosse history to earn USILA first-team All-America honors three times in his career.