Trevor Baptiste has begun to claim his spot in the NCAA lacrosse history books.
On Thursday, Baptiste set the NCAA DI men's lacrosse record for faceoff wins in a career, nabbing the 1,118th win of an illustrious career as a member of the Pioneers.
This was the faceoff that officially broke the record:
RECORD BROKEN @TrevorBaptiste1 wins faceoff No. 1,118, passing @Bryant_MLax’s Kevin Massa for first on the all-time list.@DU_MLAX downs @MarquetteMLax 10-7 to advance to the @BIGEASTchamps final. pic.twitter.com/3LhacPfdel— US Lacrosse Magazine (@USLacrosseMag) May 3, 2018
As we noted in April, Baptiste is part of a tandem of faceoff machines re-writing the NCAA record books right now. Baptiste's career faceoff win percentage sits at 71.9 percent with a handful of games left in his career, which will break the mark held by Delaware's Steve Shaw. Shaw won 70.7 percent of his career faceoffs with the Blue Hens.
Baptiste has won at least 270 faceoffs in each of his first three seasons, and if Denver can push itself a few rounds into the NCAA tournament, he'll likely hit that mark for a fourth year.
Incredibly, though Baptiste will finish this year with what is currently the finest faceoff career in the history of the sport, he ranks second in the nation in faceoff win percentage this year.
That's where the other half of that previously mentioned tandem, Albany's TD Ierlan, comes in. Ierlan is on pace to become the first player to win 80 percent of his faceoffs in a season, and at his current pace, Ierlan will break the record Baptiste set this afternoon in two years' time.
However, for the time being, Trevor Baptiste is the NCAA's King of the Faceoff. What a career he's had.