For Immediate Release: April 30, 2006
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BU men's tennis falls to Stony Brook 4-3 in America East championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Binghamton men's tennis (16-7) had its reign of three consecutive America East championships halted Sunday morning with a 4-3 loss to top-seeded Stony Brook in the conference finals held at the Connecticut Tennis Center. After defeating the Seawolves three straight years in the title match, BU came up short in its bid for a four-peat, dropping the pivotal doubles point before the teams split the six singles contests.

"We were close," head coach Michael Starke said. "We can hold our heads high though. I was very proud of our performance ... we played like champions."

The Bearcats held three match points in the decisive No. 3 doubles match before the Seawolves tandem rallied for the 9-7 win.

The three singles wins were orchestrated by its three seniors - Richemn Mourad (Sao Paulo, Brazil) at No. 1, Brian O'Connor (New Rochelle, N.Y.) at No. 3 and Edwin Gerard (Bayside, N.Y.) at No. 5. Mourad, the conference Player of the Year, was especially strong in a 6-3, 7-5 win over Tal Meir. O'Connor dropped the first set in his match before storming back for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win. He finished his stellar four-year career with a 86-34 record - the most wins in school history. Gerard won for the 50th time in his collegiate career.

1. Meir/Crooks (USB) def. Mourad/Martinez (BU), 8-5
2. Dobrin/O'Connor (BU) def. Advani/Robitaille (USB), 8-5
3. Fassi-Fehri/Kortum (USB) def. Gerard/Piro (BU), 9-7

1. Richemn Mourad (BU) def. Tal Meir (USB), 6-3, 7-5
2. Mike Crooks (USB) def. Alex Dobrin (BU), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
3. Brian O'Connor (BU) def. Nihal Advani (USB), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Youssef Fassi-Fehri (USB) def. Aurelio Martinez (BU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Edwin Gerard (BU) def. Jean Francois Robitaille (USB), 7-5, 6-2
6. Dave Kortum (USB) def. Mark Piro (BU), 6-3, 6-4


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