NACE’s fall season came to a conclusion this past weekend with the NACE Starleague Fall Finals crowning seven collegiate champions at Nerd Street’s Localhost Philadelphia. After a semester of online play in NACE’s Varsity Premier division, seven championship matches took place in person on LAN in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six Siege, Call of Duty, Rocket League, League of Legends, Overwatch 2 and Smash Ultimate.
Northwood University’s esports teams were the big winners. Northwood competed in four finals and won three of them. The school also won the VALORANT championship in NACE’s Varsity Premier division in a finals match that took place last week.
Here are the results of each of the seven NACE Starleague Fall Finals that took place at Localhost Philadelphia.
Davenport University beat Northwood University 2-0
The only final Northwood lost all weekend was against Davenport University, a fellow Michigan school. Davenport’s CS:GO program has risen to prominence recently after becoming the first collegiate team to qualify for the ESL Challenger League where they faced off against storied esports teams like Evil Geniuses and MIBR. Earlier this fall, Davenport also competed in Fragadelphia 17 where they finished 9th-12th amid a field of 16 amateur and professional teams.
Rainbow Six Siege
James Madison University beat Kettering University 2-1
JMU went 5-2 during the fall and weren’t one of the top teams in NACE’s R6 league. However, they came through when it mattered most in the playoffs, with wins over IVC, Butler and Kettering -- who all had better records than JMU during the regular season.
Call of Duty
Northwood University beat St. Clair College 5-2
Northwood successfully defended their NACE title. The Timberwolves won the spring finals and have now gone back-to-back as fall champs. In between these two titles, Northwood University won the College CoD League (CCL) Playoffs this summer.
Northwood University beat Keyano College 4-0
Northwood University has the best collegiate Rocket League team in the world. The school won the Collegiate Rocket League (CRL) World Championship earlier this year at Dreamhack Dallas, beating other North American and European teams. Northwood were the CRL spring champions and finished second this fall. Their win at the NACE Fall Finals was just the latest of what has been a very successful year for the team.
League of Legends
Maryville University beat St. Clair College 2-0
Maryville actually won two tournaments this weekend, both the NACE Starleague Fall Finals and the LA Comic Con Invitational. Maryville has built a premier collegiate League of Legends program, with players who have gone on to compete at the pro level. The 2019 College League of Legends champions have consistently put up good results over the past few years, highlighted by top four finishes in the CLoL Championship in 2021 and 2022.
Boise State University beat University of Texas at Dallas 3-0
BSU capped off an undefeated season with a win in the Overwatch 2 NACE Starleague Fall Finals. The Broncos went 6-0 in the regular season and then didn’t drop a map in the playoffs as they won all four of their playoff matchups by 3-0 scores.
Northwood University beat Wichita State University 2-0
Northwood had a dominant season in Smash Ultimate. The team went 6-0 in regular season play, 2-0 in the conference playoffs and then 4-0 in the league playoffs.
Lead photo credit: Northwood University Esports