The Knights won their second national championship in their four-year history against Florida Atlantic University at Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee.
The series rests in favor of UCF at 6-1 between UCF and FAU since 2015. The finals match had a score of 7-5 in favor of the Knights. It was the first time the in-state rivals met in the finals at the National Collegiate Paintball Association National Championship.
“This was a huge deal for me. I had to quit paintball for a while coming into college,” UCF senior Andrew Goto said to the university. “Came in, and these past four have been the most unforgettable years of paintball. We’ve won so many championships.”
The UCF Paintball program is considered one of the top choices for amateur paintball players in the country, according to Recreation and Wellness Center Marketing and Communications Manager Scott Mauro. The Knights have compiled a 28-3-1 record at Nationals in four years with their first national title the inaugural year of 2014, a fourth overall finish in 2015, National runner up in 2016, and another championship in 2017.
The Paintball title is the 30th National Championship in UCF Sport Clubs history.
“The students that join a club not only feel as though this is a way for them to be connected on campus, it also allows them to show their school spirit in a competitive atmosphere,” said UCF Recreation and Wellness Center Coordinator Andrea Snead.