Marywood University Esports Team to Compete in Nationals The Marywood University Esports Rocket League Team, coached by Austin Sienkiewicz, has qualified for the top 8 teams in their division at the national level. From June 15-17, the Pacers will begin competition at the bracket stage to determine the #1 team in the nation. Marywood’s Esports Team is competing in the National Esports Collegiate Conference as part of the Emergents Division National Playoffs Top 8 Teams, with a single elimination bracket. The divisional playoffs will include several phases of competition. The quarterfinals will occur on June 15, while semifinals will be conducted on June 16. The event culminates with the final round of competition on June 17. Marywood University launched its competitive esports program in Fall 2021. Marywood’s esports program, under the direction of Harley Adler, currently features Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In Fall 2023, Valorant will be added, bringing the program’s offerings to a total of five teams. Marywood finished in its regional division (Emergents Central Atlantic) as the #1 seed in Rocket League during the regular season this past semester and attained 2nd place in the regional division playoffs. Marywood University is one of a select number of higher education institutions nationally to respond to the ever-increasing number of students seeking this option, as the esports industry continues to explode throughout the country. A viable option for students of all majors,the program is continually recruiting Marywood student players for all games.