ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Bucknell men’s tennis season came to a close Saturday with a 4-1 loss to second-seeded Navy in the semifinal round of the Patriot League Championship. The sixth-seeded Bison had advanced to the semifinal match with an upset win over third-seeded Lehigh on Friday.

“They gave it everything they had today and can walk off with their heads held very high,” Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers said. “Losing to the No. 2 seed at their indoor facility in what would have been a 4-3 match is nothing to be ashamed of.”

Sophomore Max McDonald had the lone win for Bucknell, defeating Matthew Lee in straight sets on court six, 6-4, 6-3. McDonald finished the spring season with a record of 9-13.

Freshman Max Palmer, who clinched the 4-3 win over Lehigh on Friday, was tied 1-1 in the third set of his unfinished match against Aries Wong on court two. Junior Max Kane still had a chance in his unfinished match against Gabriel Pilones on court four. He trailed 3-2 in the third set.

Bryan Adams, the lone senior on Bucknell’s roster, played in his final collegiate match. He and sophomore Andrei Vitiuc were leading 5-3 in an unfinished doubles match on court one.

Adams ranks 15th all-time at Bucknell in doubles wins and 20th in combined singles and doubles victories.

Bucknell finished the season with a record of 11-18. Navy improved to 22-17 and advanced to the championship match.

Navy 4, Bucknell 1

Apr 22, 2017 at Annapolis, Md. (Tose Family Tennis Center) 

Singles competition
1. Pecor, Thomas (NAVY) def. Daniel Wright (BUCKNELL) 6-2, 6-2
2. Wong, Aries (NAVY) vs. Max Palmer (BUCKNELL) 5-7, 6-2, 1-1, unfinished
3. Durham, Greg (NAVY) def. Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
4. Pilones, Gabriel (NAVY) vs. Max Kane (BUCKNELL) 6-2, 2-6, 3-2, unfinished
5. Jennings, Zach (NAVY) def. Bryan Adams (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 6-2
6. Max McDonald (BUCKNELL) def. Lee, Matthew (NAVY) 6-4, 6-3


Doubles competition
1. Durham, Greg/Pecor, Thomas (NAVY) vs. Bryan Adams/Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) 3-5, unfinished
2. Jennings, Zach/Pilones, Gabriel (NAVY) def. Ben Gerber/Daniel Wright (BUCKNELL) 6-0
3. Jana, Krishna/Wong, Aries (NAVY) def. Max Kane/Max Palmer (BUCKNELL) 6-2


Match Notes
Bucknell 11-18
Navy 22-17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,1,6,3)
Patriot League Tournament - Semifinal