DANBURY, Conn – The ECAC hosted its first ever VALORANT tournament Powered by AVGL last week on June 11th. A total of 213 players registered from New York to California with 27 teams that competed.
The winner of the VALORANT tournament was Stevenson University (Mustangs). The five players of the winning team all received Hypersphere Mini’s provided by Hyperice.
From top left to top right: Jonathan “SU JoHnNy” Middour Megan “MemanKat” Guthrie, Michael “Fridgy” Suscello, from bottom left to bottom right: Jimmy “Jimson64” Curran, Steven “Vape Nation” Knerler
Stevenson University kicked off the tournament with a win in their first match, against Team Dropout with a score of 13-2. The Mustangs consistently knocked out teams throughout the bracket placing them in the grand finals against Sacramento State (Hornets). The battle between Stevenson University and Sacramento State was close, but the Mustangs defeated Sacramento State 13-8. Head Coach, Jordan Sheets, says “I am very pleased with our VALORANT team’s strong performance during the tournament. I give a lot of credit to the dedication and practice that our players have exhibited during the last few months. We are looking forward to this upcoming ECAC season with our focus set on team unity and player development at Stevenson Esports”.
The Hornets placed second after entering the tournament within a close timeframe. The Hornets also swept through the bracket and entered the grand finals after a close match against Catawba College.
The ECAC is the only collegiate association to offer the VALORANT event so far this season. Lydia Fister, Director of Esports at the ECAC, says “It was so great to see so many schools across the nation participate in the tournament last week. We are proud to provide competition for our Esports members and community during these challenging times and will continue to do so throughout the summer”. With the strong interest from the ECAC members, the league is looking to make the addition of VALORANT among the eight game titles offered.
About The ECAC
The ECAC is an 82 year-old organization with over 200 member schools across all NCAA Divisions. The ECAC exists to enhance the experience of student-athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics and provides great value for universities and colleges by sponsoring championships, leagues, bowl games, tournaments and other competitions throughout the Northeast. The ECAC’s esports platform is growing and now totals more than sixty colleges and universities and is expanding the geographic footprint for the conference nationally. The ECAC is also sponsoring competitions and leagues involving other varsity and club sports that do not fall under the umbrella of the NCAA.