HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.  -- A fast start wasn’t enough for the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse squad Saturday afternoon as the Blue Hens saw their four-game win streak come to an end with an 11-9 setback to Hofstra in the Colonial Athletic Association opener at Shuart Stadium.

Delaware (5-3, 0-1 CAA), whose win streak was the team’s longest since the 2010 season, jumped out to a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter but the Pride scored six unanswered goals over the span of the second and third periods to take control and win their fourth straight game. A goal by Mike Malave with 9:58 left in the third quarter broke a 6-6 tie and put Hofstra up for good.

The Pride (4-2, 1-0 CAA), which entered the game ranked No. 18 in the Warrior media Top 20 poll and receiving votes in the USILA coaches rankings, scored the final three goals of the second quarter to send the game into halftime tied at 6-6 and then took control by scoring three straight to start the third period. Delaware stopped the spree with a goal by Dan Keane late in the third quarter, but Hofstra answered with two more scores in the final frame to go up 11-7. Two goals by Delaware in the final two minutes were not enough.

“We played hard for all four quarters,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw. “We had a couple of costly turnovers that led to two transition goals by Hofstra which hurt us. We generated some good opportunities but we just needed to shoot better. We are looking forward to getting back to practice Monday and getting ready for Towson.”

Delaware redshirt freshman Steve DeLargy scored two goals, freshman Jackson Finigan scored a goal and dished out three assists, and Tom Holland contributed a goal and an assist to lead the Delaware attack. Conor Peaks posted a game-high 14 saves in goal.

Delaware’s leading scorer, Brian Kormondy (10 goals, 5 assists), managed just one assist on the day while Delaware faceoff specialist Tyler Barbarich, who entered the game leading the nation in faceoff percentage with a 69 percent success rate, won 10 out of 23 draws. 

Torin Varn led Hofstra with three goals while Drew Coholan and Lance Yapor each contributed two goals and an assist and Sam Llinares had a goal and two assists. Each of the Hofstra’s six games this season have been decided by two goals or less.

Delaware will look to start another win streak next Saturday when the Hens continue CAA road action at Towson.