Ethan Patrick - Potomac State College
KEYSER, WV - Taking the ECAC by storm, the WVU Potomac State College esports program has captured the championship in the first player shooter game (FPS), Valorant, as the first seeded Catamounts defeated the second seeded University at Albany on Tuesday afternoon.
With a 7-0 record during the regular season, Potomac State was able to take down No. 25 seed Stockton University in the quarter finals and No. 5 seed SUNY Poly in the semi finals to march their way to the championship match against the Great Danes culminating in a 12-0 season record.
Leading the way and earning Series MVP was Jason Joyce (Jkronic). Alongside Joyce competing in the 5v5 tournament for Potomac State's ECAC championship were Austin Hirons, Franklin Ascencio, Simon Rioux, and Teague Morgan, while first year coach Jordan Graham and NACE Madden Coach of the Year Josh Steger helmed the undefeated Valorant team.
Coach Steger says "I am really proud of how we came out. We won that championship very decisively; we were aware of what that team could do, and we knew what wanted to do against them." Coach Graham added that the team's dominant performance didn't go unwarranted, as the players put in a lot of hard work right before the series.
Tuesday's ECAC Finals win marks the 6th esports championship Potomac State has earned since its inception in 2019 (5 in ECAC and 1 in Big 12). The Catamounts look to add yet another championship in their cap as Evan Moreland takes part in the PlayVS National Madden Championship final tomorrow.