For Immediate Release: April 29, 2006
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BU men's tennis defeats UMBC 4-1 to advance to America East title match

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - For the fourth consecutive year, Binghamton men's tennis will meet arch rival Stony Brook for the America East championship. The No. 2 seeded Bearcats (16-6) took care of business with a 4-1 win over No. 3 UMBC in Saturday's semifinals, played at the Connecticut Tennis Center.

"It was a great match," head coach Michael Starke said. "UMBC played very well but I believe it was the best match we have played all year."

Senior Richemn Mourad (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and sophomore Mark Piro (Clifton Park, N.Y.) each won at singles and doubles to spark BU. Mourad, the America East Player of the Year, rolled to a straight set win at No. 1 singles. Earlier, he teamed with junior Aurelio Martinez (Oaxaca, Mexico) for an 8-4 win at the top doubles spot. In that match, the Bearcats duo rallied from 4-2 down.

Piro and senior teammate Edwin Gerard (Bayside, N.Y.) clinched the doubles point with their 8-5 win at No. 3. Piro then posted a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles. He raised his record to 17-5 this season.

Sophomore Alex Dobrin (Flushing, N.Y.) notched the other team point with a 6-2, 6-2 win at second singles.

"Mark (Piro) was the hero of the day," Starke said. "He had steely nerves and great hands at the net in doubles and was equally phenominal in singles."

Binghamton will face the top-seeded Seawolves in Sunday's 9 a.m. championship match. The Bearcats have edged the Seawolves 4-3 three consecutive years to claim the America East crown. Stony Brook blanked No. 4 Boston 4-0 in their semifinal match to advance.

1. Mourad/Martinez (BU) def. Ferreira/Jackson (UMBC), 8-4
3. Gerard/Piro (BU) def. Iranshad/Djan Gusmao (UMBC), 8-5

1. Richemn Mourad (BU) def. David Jackson (UMBC), 6-2, 6-4
2. Alex Dobrin (BU) def. Nick Savage-Pollock (UMBC), 6-2, 6-3
4. Irfan Shamasdin (UMBC) def. Aurelio Martinez (BU), 6-3, 6-1
6. Mark Piro (BU) def. Mehraban Iranshad (UMBC), 6-2, 6-1

Matches halted in progress
#2 doubles - Dobrin/O'Connor (BU) led Tyler/Shamasdin (UMBC), 7-6
#3 singles - Brian O'Conner (BU) led James Tyler (UMBC), 6-4, 4-1
#5 singles - Edwin Gerard (BU) led Fernando Ferreira (UMBC), 6-2, 5-4


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