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SFU Esports garners ECAC academic honors

LORETTO — Saint Francis University may be a relative newcomer to competitive collegiate esports, yet the university is staking its claim with successes in both the gaming arena and in the field of academics.

On June 15, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its Esports All-Academic Honors for the Spring 2020 semester.

SFU boasted 23 players recognized for their academic achievements in the classroom.

To be eligible, each honoree carried a grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

Out of the more than 60 member colleges in the league, SFU brought in the third highest in total athletes making the grade.

“The 23 members of our program count for 10% of all honorees this semester. We are also proud to share that our players achieved a 3.26 average GPA for our first year of competitions,” said Luke Trotz, SFU Esports head coach.

Students recognized include:

n Adam Baughman of Altoona, healthcare management major, Overwatch player.

n Jason Brown of Gallitzin, management/political science major, Overwatch player.

n Evan Messner of Roaring Spring, public health major, Overwatch player.

n Michael Miller of Cresson, mathematics major, League of Legends player.

n Zachary Patterson of Bedford, biology major, League of Legends player.

n Huynh Pham of Ebensburg, computer science major, League of Legends player.

n Miranda Snyder of Duncans-ville, accounting major, Overwatch player.

n Douglas Spahr of Hollidaysburg, biology major, Overwatch player.

The Fall 2019 semester marked the launch of the Esports program

(francis.edu/esports) at Saint Francis University.

Saint Francis now has 31 students competing throughout five game titles in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Saint Francis is also a member institution of the National Association of Collegiate Esports. Additionally, SFU offers collegiate scholarships for students to compete in their varsity Esports program.

SFU Esports invites the public to join the millions already viewing esports online.

Viewers can enjoy SFU Esports live-streaming competitions and other events at twitch.tv/saint

francisesports.

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