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PHILADELPHIA – La Salle sophomore Anna Dolhansky (Blackwood, N.J./Triton Regional) netted her second game-winning goal of the weekend to propel the Explorers past conference foe Duquense in overtime, 1-0, to improve to 2-0 in Atlantic 10 play on Sunday.  

 

“Atlantic 10 games are really important for us, we’re looking to win the championship this year and I think not me playing last year has made me even more excited to be out here,” said Dolhansky, who redshirted in 2011.  “I’m doing everything I can to help the team.” 

 

Despite outshooting the Dukes 32-5, the Explorers could not find the back of the net and remained scoreless after regulation.  Just over two minutes into the extra frame, junior Jourdan McVicker (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) sent a pass into freshmanJessika Kagan (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) who then fired a shot off Duquesne keeper Devon Tabata.  Dolhansky flew in from the wing and buried the rebound for the game-winner.

 

“Overall it was a great weekend for us,” said head coach Paul Royal. “Of course we would have liked to score more goals but in hindsight, 2-0 in the A-10 with six points is huge.” 

 

With the win, junior goalkeeper Gabrielle Pakhtigian (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) earns her fifth shutout of the season and improves to 8-2-0 on the season. 

 

“We’ve had a great weekend as a team,” said Dolhansky. “We played together and picked up two great team wins.”

 

The Explorers (8-3-0, 2-0-0) return to action on Friday as they head south to Virginia to face Richmond (5-6-0, 1-1-0) at 5 p.m.

 

“Going into a really tough weekend against Richmond and VCU I hope we can build off this win and continue our confidence,” said Royal.

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