Written by Vanessa Flacco
Thursday evening, the College Call of Duty League (CCL) hosted a Kickoff Tournament prior to the start of the regular season. The Lambton Lions Call of Duty (CoD) team made a 3rd round exit from the tournament following 2-1 wins over Colonel Esports and the South Dakota Coyotes, respectively. Team captain, Adam Rowland, is excited for the team’s future and competing in the CCL.
Rowland of Ponoka, Alberta moved to Sarnia in the Fall of 2019 to pursue Lambton College’s Esports Entrepreneurship and Administration program. His interest in esports growth throughout the world and his love for competitive Call of Duty made Lambton College a perfect choice.
Adam’s big move from Alberta to Ontario was definitely challenging at the beginning, but he states that, “my teammates from last year and this year have become some of my closest friends. Moving was a big life change so being able to make friends early through Call of Duty made the move a lot easier.”
Unfortunately, however, COVID-19 has made things difficult for Rowland. He has been in Ontario since the beginning of the Fall semester, and has expressed that being away from his family has been the worst part of the pandemic. Fortunately, Rowland is keeping himself focused on school and competing to help overcome these challenges.
Adam hopes to show the CCL how talented the Lambton Lions CoD team is by qualifying for playoffs, and proving that Canadian schools are a force to be reckoned with. He is confident and excited for the upcoming CCL season, and has high hopes for new players, Fonz Roberts ‘Fonz’, and Ryan Moses ‘m4ry’. Rowland states that “The new guys bring a lot of life to the team. Fonz is an excellent leader and brings a lot of knowledge, and Ryan is young, talented and excited to learn.”
The Lions CoD team kicks off their regular season Tuesday, February 2nd with matches against the University of Toronto and St Clair Esports Club.