Morristown-Beard School graduate Trevor Baptiste ’14 of Denville was among five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award as the top national lacrosse player of the year. He was the first faceoff specialist to be named a finalist for the award, which was presented to Maryland’s Matt Rambo this year.

Baptiste, a junior at the University of Denver, was the nation’s leader in faceoff winning percentage this year (.744), was second in faceoffs won (297), and was second in the country in ground balls per game in 2017 (10.47). He was 5.6% ahead of the next closest faceoff winning percentage this season. With another year of eligibility remaining in 2018, Baptiste is seventh in NCAA history in career faceoff wins and 10th in NCAA history in career ground balls.

Earlier this season, Baptiste broke the Denver school record in both categories. In addition to his faceoff statistics, the two-time First Team All-American scored a career-high 12 goals this season.

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He has been named the Big East Conference Midfielder of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and is a two-time USILA First Team All-America selection.

In his freshman season, Baptiste and the Denver Pioneers captured the NCAA lacrosse title following a 10-5 win over Maryland.  It was the first time that a team west of the Mississippi had ever captured the championship.