Ryan Carmichael scored Hofstra’s first goal. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Mason Tatafu’s goal 1:12 into the second half snapped a 1-1 tie as the Hofstra University men recorded a 2-1 victory over Saint Joseph’s Tuesday night at Sweeney Field.

The win was Hofstra’s fifth in a row.

The Pride improved to 8-1, matching the 1996 squad for the best nine-game record in program history, while the Hawks slipped to 3-7.

Hofstra opened the scoring at 5:21 as Ryan Carmichael scored his fourth goal in the last two games when he got a foot on a long cross towards the far post from Roc Carles. Shortly after the goal, a storm came into the area and caused a nearly two-hour weather delay.

Saint Joseph’s equalized at 31:35 as James Fletcher scored off a rebound after a Hofstra defender headed the ball off of keeper Wessel Speel. The ball caromed to Fletcher and he was able to slide a shot past Speel.

Hofstra wouldn’t wait long to score the game-winner. Following a foul, Hofstra was awarded a free kick at midfield. The kick was sent into the box where it was headed by Matthew Vowinkel and found its way to Tatafu. The freshman defender hit a sliding shot that got past Hawks keeper Lars Haavie. It was Tatafu’s second career goal.

Speel made four saves for the Pride while Haavie saved six shots for Saint Joseph’s. Hofstra held a 12-8 advantage in shots

Hofstra returns to actiton at the University Delaware Saturday at 8 p.m.