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Durham Lords Esports Rocket League team take NECC championship

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The Durham College (DC) Lords Varsity Esports team earned its first championship win after the Rocket League squad captured the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) championship on Nov. 22.

After winning the regular season finale, the Lords completed a perfect 6-0 regular season run in NECC competition, entering the post-season as the number two seed overall. From there, DC dominated their first-round match before knocking off another team in an exciting championship final.

“I believe this is the standard we have set for ourselves moving forward with the overall tone of our program,” says Lords Esports General Manager Bill Ai. “An amazing start to the inaugural season for the NECC and we will look to continue to produce results of this caliber into next year when we defend our championship in the spring.”

The Lords Rocket League squad is made up of a team of four: Conner McGlennan, Dallas Smith, Drew Fairbrother, and Jared Greenwood.

“I’m really proud of the work Jared, Conner, Dallas and Drew put in this season to win the NECC championship,” says Rocket League Team Coach and Manager Ben Bramly. “Through countless hours of practice, scrimmages, and games they showed consistent improvement throughout the season. I can’t wait to see what more they can achieve as they continue to play together and build themselves as a team.”

The NECC match was only one of two championship matches the team competed in on Nov. 22. The Rocket League team also made it to the Unified Collegiate Esports Association (UCEA) final. However, the Lords fell in the gold medal round.

PlayVS action also continued for the Rocket League team, adding wins over three teams to their record, before dropping their most recent match ahead of the post-season.

Finally, the team earned two more wins in CSL.

Esports competition now heads into the winter break with regular season matches resuming in the new year.