Nine Big East esports teams traveled to OS NYC, an esports gaming lounge, in New York last week to compete in person for the title of Rocket League Champion in the Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF). Each team played through a group stage with the top 4 teams progressing into the finals on December 8th. Seton Hall entered the torunament as a three seed, with a 3-1 series record and 11-5 record in individual games. Seton Hall Freshman Antonio “Tone” Riozzi entered the tournament leading the Big East in scoring with 23 goals.
After a practice session and studio tour of OS Studios in New York City, the Pirates dominated the Best of 5 double round robin stage, winning every game and finishing with a 3-0 record. The Pirates sweept Xavier 4-0 with a combined 25 goals across their four wins and secured their spot into the finals against the only other undefeated team in the conference, DePaul. After the match, the Seton Hall team had the honor of meeting Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman.
The final against DePaul, a 7 game series, was as thrilling as it was tense to watch. The first six games were split evenly. Game 7 had both teams on edge with fantastic defensive and offensive play leading to a 2-2 tie at 11 seconds left in the match. DePaul was able to score with only a few seconds on the clock, securing their spot as the Big East Rocket League Champions.
Over the last two years, EGF has worked with universities across the country to lay the foundation for the future of Division 1 esports in the U.S. The EGF BIG EAST Invitational is the first in a series of tournaments leading to the launch of EGF’s first formal season in February 2020. EGF’s collegiate league, EGFC will be the first Division 1 varsity esports league in the country.
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