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La Salle's Long Climb to the Top

La Salle (finally) finds itself alone atop the Atlantic 10.

La Salle's Long Climb to the Top

For the first time in its 17-year affiliation with the Atlantic 10, La Salle (2-0, 13-4) finds itself in sole possession of first place in the conference.

Here is their year-by-year finish since joining the A10 for the 1995-96 season:

 Season  Overall     League     A10 Finish
 1995-96       6-24    3-13  t-5th (West)   
 1996-97  10-17    5-11  t-5th (West)
 1997-98    9-18    5-11  t-4th (West)
 1998-99  13-15    8-  8    3rd (West)
 1999-00  11-17    5-11    5th (West)
 2000-01  12-17    5-11    8th
 2001-02  15-17    6-10    4th (West)
 2002-03  13-16    6-10    4th (West)
 2003-04  10-20    5-11    6th (West)
 2004-05  10-19    5-11  t-5th (West)
 2005-06  18-10  10-  6  t-3rd
 2006-07  10-20    3-13   14th
 2007-08  15-17    8-  8  t-7th
 2008-09  18-13    9-  7  t-5th
 2009-10  12-18    4-12  13th
 2010-11  15-18    6-10  t-10th
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