After two weekends of matches, Northeastern University emerged as the victor of the 2019 fall edition of the Boston Uprising Collegiate Cup, defeating Boston University 3-0 to win their third consecutive Collegiate Cup title.
The preliminary stage of the Collegiate Cup took place on November 16, as 11 teams played for four spots in the quarterfinals. Of the competitors, Becker College, University of Massachusetts Amherst B, Northeastern University C and Champlain College advanced to the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, Boston University, Emerson College, Northeastern University A and University of Massachusetts Amherst A earned byes directly into the quarterfinals by merit of their semifinal finishes in the spring 2019 edition of the Collegiate Cup. With the eight-team bracket set, the participants met on November 23 for a single-elimination bracket.
In the best-of-three quarterfinals, NEU A beat NEU C 2-0, Boston University beat UMass Amherst B 2-0, Becker beat Emerson 2-0, and Champlain beat UMass Amherst A 2-1. In the best-of-five semifinals, BU defeated Becker 3-0, and NEU A defeated Champlain 3-0.
The matches on November 24 began with the third-place match between Champlain and Becker. Champlain took an early 2-0 lead in the best-of-five, though Becker responded with a map win on Junkertown to make the score 2-1. Ultimately, Champlain won the match 3-1 with a victory on Hanamura, taking third place in the Cup.
Directly following the third-place match, NEU A played BU in a rematch of the spring Collegiate Cup championship match. NEU defeated BU 2-0 in the spring tournament’s best-of-three finals. In similar fashion, they won 3-0 in the most recent matchup, securing $5,000 for their school’s esports program. This marks Northeastern’s third consecutive Collegiate Cup title after winning both previous tournaments in December 2018 and April 2019.
The full standings from the tournament are as follows:
Advanced to Quarterfinals
#1. Northeastern University A
#2. Boston University
#3. Champlain College
#4. Becker College
#5-8. Emerson College
#5-8. Northeastern University C
#5-8. University of Massachusetts Amherst A
#5-8. University of Massachusetts Amherst B
Eliminated in Preliminaries
#9. Johnson & Wales A
#10. Southern New Hampshire University
#11. Northeastern University B
#12. Northern Essex Community College
#13. New England College
#14. Johnson & Wales B
#15. Dean College
The Uprising look ahead to the 2020 OWL season, as they will return to Boston and host two homestand weekends on April 25-26 and June 27-28.