Korey Hendrickson scored off a feed from Sam Llinares and pulled Hofstra within a goal in the fourth quarter, but the Pride could draw no closer and fell to Penn State Saturday, 8-7, in Colonial Athletic Association men's lacrosse.
The loss snapped Hofstra's six-game winning streak, but the Pride will enter this week's CAA championship tournament as the top seed.
Penn State's deciding eighth goal came on a Hofstra blunder, resulting in an own goal. An errant pass from near midfield sailed above the intended receiver and into the goal, giving the Nittany Lions an 8-5 lead with 12:10 left in the third quarter.
Torin Varn and Hendrickson responded with goals, but Hofstra couldn't manage another after Hendrickson's score with 12:18 remaining in the fourth.
Hofstra, seeking its first CAA title since 2008, will host No. 4 Delaware in a semifinal at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Llinares, a sophomore, had a career-high four assists for the Pride (10-4, 4-1). Varn and Hendrickson each scored twice, and Mike Malave had a goal and an assist. Tyler Travis had four ground balls and Chris Selva made eight saves.
Shane Sturgis scored three goals in two minutes to give Penn State a 5-2 lead early in the second quarter. The Pride pulled within 5-4 on Drew Coholan's goal with 9:49 left in the first half, but Mike Sutton answered for the Nittany Lions. After Hendrickson got Hofstra within 6-5 with 13:42 left, Sutton scored again for Penn State (7-6, 3-2).