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May 24, 2018

Pioneering movement | USILA release

PERRY, NY – The University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse Team, Presented by your hometown Toyota stores, has accepted five student athletes in USILA All-America teams, the coaching association announced on Thursday.

Senior Faceoff Specialist Trevor Baptiste (Denville, NJ) became the sixth player in history to receive the first team award in all four years Ethan Walker (Peterborough, Ontario) and junior center-back Dylan Gaines (Baltimore, Md.) Received the USILA Third Team All-America and Junior Midfielder award Colton Jackson (Highlands Ranch, Colorado) and junior short-back Dylan Johnson (Evergreen, Colorado) have both received the USILA Honorable Mention. Walker and Jackson earned All-America nods for the second time in as many seasons after earning an Honorable Mention in 2017.

Baptiste, a two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist, set the NCAA record for career faceoff wins at 1158 and career faceoff win percentage at 0.714. For the second time in a row Baptiste finished the game with 74.4 percent, this time with 163 ground balls 279 against 375 and added eight goals and two assists in 17 games. Baptiste scored the tenth-highest single game win in NCAA history in the BIG EAST win in Denver at Villanova No. 7 on April 6, winning 27 of his 30 attempts in competition. The number 1 in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft will be part of the Boston Cannons in June before heading to the FIL Lacrosse World Championships in Israel from July 11-20. Baptiste will play for Boston in Denver on July 4th before leaving with Team USA.

Walker led the pioneers with 70 points on 48 goals and 22 assists, including five man-up hits. With three games remaining on the Division I calendar, Walker ranks 19th in points per game (4.12), seventh in goals per game (2.82), 20th in shooting (.453) and 34th place in the man-up goals (5). Walker had a career height of eight points on six goals and two assists to lead Denver at Duke No. 1. Later in the campaign, Walker surpassed that career mark with nine points at Villanova No. 7, made eight career highs, and added a helper. In total, Walker recorded eight hat tricks in 2015, including more than 5 goals in four competitions.

Gaines has drawn the opponent’s best attacker all season and led a top 5 defense in the country with 36 career ground balls and 22 career turnovers. The Baltimore, Md., Native had a career high of six ground balls when he won the Air Force and a career high of three in Denver’s NCAA first round win over Notre Dame. Gaines scored Denver’s first goal of the season and his first career goal in a win in the snow with the Air Force. In the NCAA rankings, Gaines currently ranks 38th in the country in terms of revenue generated per game at 1.29.

Jackson finished third on the team with 22, 12 and 34 points, including five man-up tallies for the Pioneers. The Colorado product achieved two career highs with four goals in 2018, including at the NCAA quarterfinals in Denver against Albany No. 2 last weekend. Jackson linked his four-point career with appearances at Duke No. 1, Furman, and against Albany. Jackson’s 2018 totals gave the Pioneer Junior a career with high assists (12) and points (34).

Johnson played and started in all 17 games alongside Gaines in the country’s third-best goal defense in 2018. The Colorado-born evergreen ended his career with 52 balls and had more sales (17) than he was forced to in his first two seasons combined. Johnson forced a career high of three takeaways in March at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in Denver’s win over fellow 2017 Championship Weekend participant, Ohio State.

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Student-athlete alumni give challenge:
In 2017-18, the University of Denver is hosting an Alumni Challenge to increase alumni participation of students and athletes in the Denver Athletics Annual Fund. The sports program with the highest percentage of alumni attendees receives $ 10,000 additional support through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Former athletes can give a gift on-lineby calling 303-871-2388 during normal business hours or sending a check to:

Athletics Development Office
Attn: Kaley Rickert
2201 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

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