Marist Esports Excels in MAAC Championships, Secures Program of the Year Award

Anthony Proia, Director of Media Relations
Marist Esports team competes in MAAC Championships. Photo courtesy of Stephen D'Alessandro, Marist Athletics.

April 2, 2024 — Marist’s Esports program was on fire once again this season, earning recognition on multiple fronts during the MAAC Championships in Atlantic City last month. The team earned the prestigious MAAC Esports Program of the Year award for the fifth year in a row. All squads played incredibly well in Atlantic City, with each Marist team competing making it to at least the semifinal round in their respective categories. 

“I am super proud with how all of our teams performed and am honored to accept another MAAC Esports Program of The Year Award," said Evan Spillane '25, Marist Esports President. "Marist Esports is a powerhouse program in the MAAC, and we hope to keep it that way."

The Overwatch 2 team secured the MAAC Championship title, beating Quinnipiac in the final. Their skillful gameplay and strategic teamwork propelled them to the top of the league, cementing their status as champions.

“We played amazing, showed our synergy with each other, and I am very proud of everyone,” said Marcus Vescio '24, Overwatch 2 captain. “This team has come a long way, and I am happy and sad for it to be the end of my final season.”

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate team secured second place in the championship round, earning a coveted spot in the Collegiate Esports Commissioners Cup (CECC) in Austin, Texas next month. This prestigious event, also known as "May Madness,” serves as an Esports national championship, bringing together collegiate Esports athletes nationwide to compete in various game titles. While MAAC champions receive automatic bids into the CECC for some titles, others do not.

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Members of the Esports team. From left to right: Daniel Brogen, Captain Marcus Vescio, William Boulton III, Matthew Ong, Arjun Suresh, Evan Spillane, Kyle Mirkovic, Brendon Kupsch. Photo courtesy of Stephen D'Alessandro, Marist Athletics.

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate squad is thrilled to head to Texas next month.

"We all played extremely well and spent hours practicing and reviewing our matches so we were better prepared for the next school we had to play," said Shane Seeley '26, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Captain. "I'm very proud of our whole team."

About Marist Esports

The MAAC Esports league was officially established in 2020, though Marist Esports won the overall ECAC/MAAC Esports Champions two years prior. Marist Esports features teams competing in a diverse array of games, which also includes Apex Legends, Call of Duty, League of Legends, and Rocket League.

While the MAAC season is over, Marist’s team continues to practice and play in other leagues such as the Overwatch 2 Collegiate Homecoming series, and ECAC. You can follow them on social media all year round.

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