May 15, 2014

Lawton, Burdick and Neville Earn All-Little East Honors

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's tennis team placed three student-athletes on the 2014 All-Little East Men's Tennis teams this afternoon, when the conference office made its annual annoucement.  Junior Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, Mass.) earned a spot on the second team for his efforts at No. 3 singles, while the duo of sophomore Andrew Burdick (Dartmouth, Mass.) and junior Malcolm Neville (Foxboro, Mass.) garnered second squad accolades at No. 3 doubles.

In 2014, Lawton posted an overall singles record of 9-4, including a 5-1 mark against conference opponents.  The sophomore ranked among the conference leaders in overall singles wins (7th, 8) and No. 3 singles wins (3rd, 5). After falling to Southern Maine's Kyle Curley in the conference opener, Lawton finished the regular season with seven consecutive, straight-set victories. On April 14, the junior took the opening set (6-1) against his opponent from Salem State before having to battle back in the following set to seal the victory (7-5).  On three occasions, Lawton moved into the No. 2 singles position and responded with three, straight-set victories.  He also combined with sophomore Jake Joskolka (Mattapoisett, Mass.) to compile a 4-4 overall record at second-flight doubles.

Burdick and Melville registered an overall record of 4-4 at third-flight doubles, ranking fourth amongst the conference field.  In conference play, the tandem finished third in the Little East with a 3-3 record.  On April 29, Burdick and Melville outlasted their opponents from Rhode Island College in a tie-breaker (7-3) to capture the victory.

UMass Dartmouth finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 5-8, including a 3-3 mark inside the conference circuit.  The Corsairs defeated the fourth-seeded Anchormen 5-1 in the first round of the Little East Championship tournament before bowing out to the eventual champions, Southern Maine, in the semifinals.