Flushing, N.Y.- The third-seeded UMBC men's tennis team upset No. 2-seeded Stony Brook, 4-1, and moved into Sunday's title match vs. No. 1 Binghamton. The tournament is being contest at the U.S. National Tennis Center.
The Retrievers and Bearcats met for the 2011 championship and the top-seeded Bearcats prevailed, 4-1.
UMBC (10-9) avenged a regular season 4-3 setback to the Seawolves with the semifinal victory.
Stony Brook evened the match with a win at No. 4 singles, but freshman Kamal Patel (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) came through with a 7-5, 6-4 victory at the No. 6 slot to regain the lead for the Retrievers.
The other four matches would all head to third sets. Senior Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz.) dropped the first set, 6-4, at No. singles, but rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Bertrand. With the matches at No. 3 and No. 5 nearly even, UMBC senior Cristian Hodel (Calarasi, Romania) won the biggest match of his Retriever career, edging SBU's Nikita Fomin, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 at No. 1 singles to give the Retrievers the hard-earned victory.
It was just Fomin's third loss of the season at the No. 1 singles position.
UMBC is seeking its second America East title- they captured their first in 2007.