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La Salle Tops Duquesne 3-0, Clinches Third Straight Atlantic 10 Tournament Berth


PITTSBURGH - Jason Plumhoff (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) netted the game-winning goal in the 34th minute and La Salle added two more in the second half, topping Duquesne 3-0 in the regular season finale on Sunday.

With the win and a Butler loss at Saint Louis today, the Explorers (10-6-3, 4-4-1 Atlantic 10) finished in a tie for seventh place with the Dukes (7-11-1, 4-4-1 Atlantic 10) and clinched their third straight Atlantic 10 Tournament berth. The tournament starts on Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., and the newly expanded tournament takes the top eight finishers. By virtue of their win over the Dukes, the Explorers claimed the No. 7 seed and will kick off the tournament at 11 a.m. on Thursday when they take on the second-seeded Billikens at Transamerica Field.



Plumhoff took a pass from Kameron Teel (Glassboro, N.J./Immaculata) and beat two defenders to put in the winning tally near the post. The goal was his team-leading sixth of the season and he concludes the regular season with 16 points on six goals and four assists.

Tom Kalpokas (Philadelphia, Pa./North Catholic) netted his second goal of the season to give the Explorers a 2-0 cushion in the 51st minute on an assist from Rob Friskey (King of Prussia, Pa./Penn Charter).

Joe Farrell (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) added his fifth goal of the season in the 78th minute. Andrew Weyershaeuser(Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) got a through ball to Farrell, who beat Duquesne goalie Sam Frymier for what became the final score.

Keeper John McCarthy (Cinnaminson, N.J./Northeast Catholic) withstood 20 shots by Duquesne, recording seven saves for his ninth shutout of the season and pushed the school record he broke on Friday to 23.

The Dukes had their chances, outshooting La Salle 20-10, and held a 5-2 advantage on corner kicks. However, the home squad played a man down from the 43rd minute on, as Filip Velasevic was issued a red card.

The Explorers return to action on Thursday in the quarterfinal matchup with Saint Louis at 11 a.m. Stay tuned toGoExplorers.com for full updates and video highlights. 

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