NJCU eSports Wins ECAC Super Smash Bros Ultimate Championship


By: Contact: Ira Thor | @irapthor (201/200-3301)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (NJCUGothicKnights.com) | While other teams were sidelined from competition this fall due to the pandemic, the NJCU eSports program capped a riveting debut campaign this month, capturing the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
 
NJCU, the No. 1 ranked team in the ECAC throughout the second half of the season, finished the regular season with a 6-0 record, losing just one round in six regular season matches. The top-seeded Knights rolled through the five-round championship bracket, winning all 11 games played. In the finals, NJCU blanked No. 3 seeded Wayne State College of Nebraska — the only team to take a round off the Knights all season.
 
“We were confident we could win the championship but with this being the first playoff tournament, we weren’t sure what it would take,” said head coach Joshua Case. “WSC is the only team that ever took a round from us the entire regular season, so we anticipated they would make it to the final with us and spent a lot of time preparing beforehand. Hydra did an excellent job preparing himself and his team for this match.”
 
The ‘NJCU Knights’ roster of Hydra (Navin Gandharry), SuperSonic (Cameron Mitchell) and DrillMiggy (Miguel Miranda) were the championship squad with Hydra, the team captain, earning ECAC Most Valuable Player accolades.
 
SCORES:
 
REGULAR SEASON (each match best of 3)
Week 1 | September 28, 2020
NJCU ‘Knights’ 2, Illinois Wesleyan University Titans 0 (9-8, 9-8)
 
Week 2 | October 5, 2020
NJCU ‘Knights’ 2, SUNY Erie Community College SSBU-Black 0 (9-6, 9-6)
 
Week 3 | October 12, 2020
NJCU ‘Knights’ 2, Nazareth College Smash Ultimate-Gold Team 0 (2-0, 5-0)
 
Week 4 | October 19, 2020
NJCU ‘Knights’ 2, New York Tech Cybears-SSBU (9-8, 9-8)
 
Week 5 | October 26, 2020
NJCU ‘Knights’ 2, Nazareth College Smash Ultimate-Purple Team 0 (9-6, 9-7)
 
Week 6 | November 2, 2020
NJCU ‘Knights’ 2, Wayne State College (Neb.) SSBU-Black 1 (9-7, 5-9, 9-7)
 
PLAYOFFS (each match best of 3; finals best of 5)
Round of  32 | November 9, 2020
No. 1 NJCU ‘Knights’ 2, No. 33 Mount Saint Mary’s University SSBU 0 (9-7, 9-5)
 
Round of  16 | November 14, 2020
No. 1 NJCU ‘Knights’ 2, No. 17 Central Connecticut State University A Team 0 (9-7. 9-7)
 
Quarterfinals | November 14, 2020
No. 1 NJCU ‘Knights’ 2, No. 8 SUNY Plattsburgh Smash 0 (9-7, 9-4)
 
Semifinals | November 14, 2020
No. 1 NJCU ‘Knights’ 2, No. 13 Nazareth College Smash Ultimate-Purple Team 0 (9-6, 9-6)
 
Finals |…



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