From: Bridgewater State College

Sports Information Office

Contact: Mike Holbrook (508) 531-2656

April 1, 2006 at Bridgewater, MA


College Menís Tennis


BSC Menís Tennis Defeats Rhode Island College, 8-1


Bridgewater, MA Ė The Bridgewater State College menís tennis team opened their Little East Conference schedule with a convincing 8-1 win over Rhode Island College this afternoon from the Henry Rosen Memorial Tennis Courts in Bridgewater.


With the win, Bridgewater State remains undefeated on the season with a perfect 3-0 record.  The last time a BSC menís tennis team started the season with three straight wins was in 1998 when the Bears went 8-2.


Bridgewater won all three doubles matches and took five out of the six singles matches to come away with the 8-1 victory.  Freshman number one singles player Matt Charest (Somerset, MA) and sophomore number two Barry Gorman (Hopedale, MA) led the Bears to the victory as they both won their respective singles matches and teamed up at first doubles to win 8-1.  Charest won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3, in singles play, while Gorman cruised to an easy 6-1, 6-0 victory.


Freshman Giovanni Cuscina (Mansfield, MA) and junior Howard Smyth (Haverhill, MA) also won their singles matches and combined to win at second doubles, 9-7.  Cuscina won in straight sets at third singles (6-1, 6-0), while Smyth battled to a hard-fought three set win at fifth singles, 6-2, 3-6 (10-6).  Senior Matt Kelly (Tiverton, RI) had little trouble in his fourth singles match as he won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.  Kelly also teamed up with fellow senior Jeff Heath (Tiverton, RI) to come away with an 8-4 win at third doubles. po.


For Rhode Island College (1-5), senior Chris Furey (Cabot, VT) was the Anchormenís lone winner as he won a straight set match at sixth singles, 6-4, 6-4.


BSC returns to the courts on Thursday as the Bears travel to Western New England College for a 3:30 match with the Golden Bears.  RIC is back in action on Monday as the Anchormen host Nichols College at 3:30.




Matt Charest (BSC) def. Rich Truchon (RIC) 6-0, 6-3

Barry Gorman (BSC) def. Elliott LeFaiver (RIC) 6-1, 6-0

Giovanni Cuscina (BSC) def. Tauquir Puthawala (RIC) 6-1, 6-0

Matt Kelly (BSC) def. Lorne Teeter (RIC) 6-1, 6-2

Howard Smyth (BSC) def. Tom Lapierre (RIC) 6-2, 3-6 (10-6)

Chris Furey (RIC) def. Jeff Heath (BSC) 6-4, 6-4



Charest/Gorman (BSC) def. LeFaiver/Puthawla (RIC) 8-1

Cuscina/Smyth (BSC) def. Teeter/Lapierre (RIC) 9-7

Kelly/Heath (BSC) def. Furey/Jason LaDuke (RIC) 8-4