The UMass Boston men’s tennis team knocked off defending champion UMass Dartmouth 5-4 on Saturday to take home the Little East Conference tournament title and earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. It is the Beacons’ first LEC title in 23 years.
“To get to this point and be playing for a title was awesome,” said Head Coach Eric Berg.
UMass Boston will face Skidmore College (11-8) in the first round of the tournament on Thursday, May 9 in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
The Beacons (15-21) will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday for the first round of the Little East Conference Tournament. The Beacons take on Keene State College at 3:30 p.m. The Beacons lost a doubleheader to Western Connecticut State University on Friday. Earlier in the week, the Beacons lost to Wheaton College 2-1.
The Beacons (15-27) were eliminated from the Little East Conference Tournament on Thursday. In the double-elimination tournament, the Beacons lost 5-1 to top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State and 2-0 to fifth-seed Rhode Island College.
The Beacons (6-12) lost 17-11 to Plymouth State University on Tuesday in their first trip to the Little East Conference Tournament since 2008.
Track and Field
Senior Hamza Abdul of Chelsea and the men's 4x800 meter relay team set program records at the 2013 NCAA Division III New England Regional Meet. Abdul’s 45-02.25 feet mark in the triple jump broke the previous record by more than two inches. The 4x800 meter relay team’s time of 9:03.61 was more than three seconds better than the previous Beacons record.
Joining Abdul on the relay team are Jake Kerin of Quincy, Matthew Nardiello of Swampscott, and Emilio Alvarez Flores of Mexico City.
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