ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The United States Naval Academy proved to be too much for the University of Delaware men’s tennis team as the Midshipmen cruised by the Blue Hens, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at the Tose Family Tennis Center.

The loss marked the fourth straight for Delaware, which falls to 2-4 on the season while Navy improved to 6-4 overall.

Seniors Troy Beneck (Wilmington, Del.) and Adam Lawton (Estepona, Spain) held things close in top flight doubles play, but eventually fell, 8-6, to Thomas Pecor and Austin Jones.  The Mids also took victories in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles for the team point.

Beneck and Lawton both forced their opponents into three-set tiebreakers in singles action, but were unable to pick up wins.  Beneck fell, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, to Calvin Mark in No. 1 singles while

Lawton lost a close one to Austin Jones, 4-6, 6-4, 11-9.

Sophomore Tim Puterio (Kingston, R.I.) posted the closest match of the afternoon in a heartbreaking 6-7 (9-7), 6-1, 13-11 defeat to Alex Gaines.

Head Coach Laura Travis
“We competed hard against a solid Navy squad, but we just couldn’t convert today.  Our players are making progress, but it is difficult when this does not produce results.  This will, however, prepare us for our first conference match next weekend against Hofstra.”
     ·  Troy Beneck snapped a team-best five-match winning streak.
     ·  Beneck stays tied for second all-time in school history with Chris Hincker (2007-10) and 69 career singles victories.
     ·  Adam Lawton remains tied for sixth in Delaware history with Sam Barrer (2006-10) with 56 career singles wins.
     ·  Beneck and Lawton also snapped a five-match doubles winning streak.
     ·  Delaware is 59-75 in singles action this season.
     ·  The Blue Hens are 34-32 in doubles play this year.

     ·  Saturday, March 8 – Delaware at Hofstra* - 5 p.m. – Point Set Indoor Tennis Club (Oceanside, N.Y.)
     ·  Sunday, March 16 – Villanova at Delaware – 2:45 p.m. – DuPont Country Club (Wilmington, Del.)
     ·  Thursday, March 20 – Saint Joseph’s at Delaware – 3:30 p.m. – Delaware Field House Outdoor Courts (Newark, Del.)