PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior Adam Lawton (Estepona, Spain) became just the 13th player in the 100-plus year history of the University of Delaware men’s tennis team to secure 50 career singles victories Friday afternoon at the Second Annual Penn Invitational.

As a team, Delaware went 1-1 on the day following a 7-2 loss to Penn and a 7-2 win over Saint Joseph’s.

Lawton, in just his third year in a Delaware uniform, now holds an all-time mark of 50-14 for the Blue Hens in singles action.  In his first match of the day, Lawton fell, 6-5 (2), 6-3, to Penn’s John Sharp in flight 1 action before bouncing back for a 6-2, 6-5 (3) victory against Saint Joseph’s Pierre Brondeau.

Fellow senior Troy Beneck (Wilmington, Del.) went undefeated against the Quakers and Hawks.  In flight 2 action, Beneck picked up wins over Penn’s Sylvester Wee, 6-3, 6-4, and SJU’s Dan Barrus, 6-2, 6-1.

In first flight doubles play, Beneck and Lawton went 2-0 with wins over Thomas Spratt/John Sharp (Penn) and Andres Urrea/Kevin Gates (SJU).

Also earning doubles victories on the day were the pairs of Evan Andrews/Zack Niklaus and Tim Puterio/Tyler Flematti.

Sophomore Mike Furr (Kennett Square, Pa.) moved to 3-2 on the year following a flight 3 win over SJU’s Kevin Gates, 6-2, 6-2 while Puterio also won his sixth flight match against SJU’s Paranjay Malhotra, 6-4, 6-2.

     ·      Delaware will play the winner of Temple/Lehigh tomorrow in dual match play at 1 p.m.
     ·      The 2013-14 Blue Hens boast three 50-plus game winners in seniors Troy Beneck (58-31) and Adam Lawton (50-14) and assistant coach Austin Longacre (70-38).
     ·      Troy Beneck moved into third place in UD history with a career mark of 58-31.  Chris Hincker (2007-11) is second with a career record of 69-33.
     ·      Beneck and Lawton are 48-18 all-time as doubles partners at UD.
     ·      Beneck is the Delaware career doubles wins leader with a 64-26 all-time mark.
     ·      Lawton is 47-20 in career doubles action, good for seventh all-time in UD history.

     ·      Sept. 27-29 – Delaware at Penn Tournament, Philadelphia, Pa.
     ·      Oct. 5-6 – Delaware at Lehigh Tournament, Bethlehem, Pa.
     ·      Oct. 17-22 – Delaware at USTA/ITA Atlantic Regional at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

No team scoring
1.  Adam Lawton/Troy Beneck (UD) def. Thomas Spratt/John Sharp (Penn), 6-5
2.  Austin Kaplan/Stu Little (Penn) def. Evan Andrews/Zack Niklaus (UD), 6-1
3.  Andrew Berman/Sylvester Wee (Penn) def. Mike Furr/Tim Puterio (UD), 6-2
1.  John Sharp (Penn) def. Adam Lawton (UD), 6-5 (2), 6-3
2.  Troy Beneck (UD) def. Sylvester Wee (Penn), 6-3, 6-4
3.  Austin Kaplan (Penn) def. Mike Furr (UD), 6-3, 6-5 (8)
4.  Thomas Spratt (Penn) def. Zack Niklaus (UD), 6-5, 4-6, 6-1
5.  Stu Little (Penn) def. Evan Andrews (UD), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
6.  Andrew Berman (Penn) def. Tyler Flematti (UD), 6-3, 6-3
1.  Adam Lawton/Troy Beneck (UD) def. Andres Urrea/Kevin Gates (SJU), 6-2
2.  Evan Andrews/Zack Niklaus (UD) def. Tristan Boustany/Paranjay Malhotra (SJU), 6-3
3.  Tim Puterio/Tyler Flematti (UD) def. Clark Ruiz/Sam Cadwell (SJU), 6-1
1.  Adam Lawton (UD) def. Pierre Brondeau (SJU), 6-2, 6-5 (3)
2.  Troy Beneck (UD) def. Dan Barrus (SJU), 6-2, 6-1
3.  Mike Furr (UD) def. Kevin Gates (SJU), 6-2, 6-2
4.  Kyle Chalmers (SJU) def. Zack Niklaus (UD), 6-2, 6-2
5.  Jason Sisti (SJU) def. Evan Andrews (UD), 6-1, 6-0
6.  Tim Puterio (UD) def. Paranjay Malhotra (SJU), 6-4, 6-2