When it comes to Esports, Samuel "Sam" St. Onge steadily has notched competitive team experience under his gaming belt after he joined the Thomas College group with none his freshman year.

And more recently, “Cargo Tokens” St, Onge stepped up when called, as he again demonstrated his skill and experience, even in a pinch, being named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Esports Overwatch player of the week for the period ending March 14.

"To be completely honest I hadn't played Overwatch in almost three months," said St. Onge. "It came out of nowhere to pull out a performance like that and to be deserving of the player of the week, I'm impressed with myself. I hope it won't be my last."

The 18-year-old junior computer science/cyber security major, a Waldo County resident, plays on the Overwatch team at Thomas, and took up the VALORANT — a five-versus-five tactical shooter game similar to Overwatch — captain role after roster changes.

Despite the captain role, St. Onge continued to be a backup on the team, but his time was called upon to start against The State University of New York at Albany.

St. Onge stepped up as he led the team to a 3-1 victory, after Thomas fell to UAlbany the previous semester by a 3-0 score.

"The first two semesters I was at Thomas on the Overwatch team we were never able to beat UAlbany, so it's been a long time coming," he said. "I was only told about five minutes before the match started. One of the players left their computer at home over break, and I needed to fill, so I was desperately trying to update the game in time so we wouldn't get a forfeit.

"After the first 10 minutes or so and getting back into sync with my team, it came naturally."

In that match St. Onge was called on to fill in, and in one of the most pivotal matches of the team's season; a fall playoff rematch versus UAlbany to equalize the team's season record at 3-3. After losing to the Albany squad 3-0 last semester, St. Onge and his Zarya play were pivotal in driving the Thomas team to a 3-1 victory this time, including a game-opening grav on the second map of the set, Rialto.

“Esports has pushed me to improve myself both inside and outside of the games I play," St. Onge said. "I’m honored to be recognized as ECAC’s Overwatch POTW, and I’m excited to see what future seasons have in store for myself and my team.”

St. Onge is the son of Ray St. Onge of Swanville and Holly St. Onge of Jackson.