For Immediate Release: May 1, 2004
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No. 3 Bearcats upset No. 2 UMBC 4-1 to advance to America East title match

America East Championship Update

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - At the America East Men's Tennis Championship, defending champion and number three seed Binghamton (15-7) advanced to the title match with a 4-1 win over No. 2 UMBC. The Retrievers had toppled Binghamton 5-2 back on March 13. The upset win sends BU into Sunday's 10:30 a.m. championship against SUNY rival and No. 1 Stony Brook, which blanked Boston 4-0. The Binghamton-Stony Brook final is a rematch of last year's championship, which was won by the Bearcats, 4-3. The America East champion will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.

Against UMBC, the Bearcats seized the crucial doubles point to open the match, and then won three of the four completed singles matches.

Sophomore Brian O'Connor (New Rochelle, N.Y.) rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win at third singles, senior Steve Spencer (Plantation, Fla.) posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 4, and sophomore Edwin Gerard (Bayside, N.Y.) recorded a straight set win. Earlier, O'Connor and Gerard scored an 8-2 win at third doubles.

1. Hanegby/Spencer (Bing) and Novotny/Luis Baraldi (UMBC) were tied 8-8 (DNF)
2. Mourad/Garcia (Bing) def. Tyler/Keller (UMBC), 9-7
3. O'Connor/Gerard (Bing) def. Kouznetsov/Mehrban Iranshad (UMBC), 8-2


1. Josef Novotny (UMBC) def. Dan Hanegby (Bing), 6-3, 6-4
2. Richemn Mourad (Bing) led James Tyler (UMBC), 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (DNF)
3. Brian O'Connor (Bing) def. Mikhail Kouznetsov (UMBC), 6-1, 6-0
4. Steve Spencer (Bing) def. Luis Baraldi (UMBC), 6-4, 6-2
5. Edwin Gerard (Bing) def. Djan Gusmao (UMBC), 6-0, 7-5
6. Mike Keller (UMBC) led Juan Garcia (Bing), 6-3 (DNF)



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