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SUNY Canton Competes in First Ever Varsity eSports Match

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SUNY Canton battled Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in the college’s first varsity eSports showing on Sunday, Jan. 28.

The fledgling team played well during their first matchup of Riot Games’ Collegiate League of Legends Eastern Conference Competition but were unable to upset the higher-ranked SNHU.

SUNY Canton made an exciting push on the middle lane, only to have SNHU outflank its champions to earn victory.

“We worked hard, analyzed the other team and had a strong plan going into the match,” said Roos eSports Co-captain Joe M. Canton of the Bronx. “We picked our bans wisely, but SNHU had more experience playing as a team, which translated into a solid victory.”

The Roos tried a different strategy and were upset again by the platinum- and diamond-level SNHU team during the second round of play.

“I’m proud of how these athletes came together in such a short amount of time,” said SUNY Canton eSports Coach Robert J. Snow. “The match was exciting to watch, and I can’t wait to see how they play next week.”

After the competition, the teammates started to work on a plan for their next match. SUNY Canton will compete again at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, against the Keuka College Wolves.

The eSports program was formed in December 2017 to complement several academic offerings at the college. SUNY Canton is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE). The college’s Hearthstone team will play its first NACE match on Feb. 19.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.