The Fairfield Ludlowe boys lacrosse team fashions itself rising team in the FCIAC and Class M state this year.

But the old guard, New Canaan still might have something to say about that.

The Rams frustrated the upstart Falcons in an 8-3 New Canaan win on Wednesday night at Taft Field.

"We knew that they were going to come at us hard and that they were athletic," New Canaan coach Alex Whitten said of Ludlowe. "We really came at them hard from the start."

Joe Costigan scored twice and added an assist, Matt Brasco tallied twice and Scott O'Brien added potted one and assisted on another as the Rams won for the third straight game.

"It was awesome," Costigan said. "Our goal was to possess on offense and that's what we did."

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Ludlowe's Nate Ryan and Dan Errett each recorded a goal and an assist as the Falcons had their five-game winning streak snapped.

"We didn't give a Fairfield Ludlowe effort at all, really," Ludlowe coach Chris Parisi said. "It's sad that we let one get by here."

New Canaan's defense smothered the Falcons, especially in the second half, as Ludlowe scored just once in the final 24 minutes. Rams goalie Jimmy Joe Granito helped that as well, making 12 saves in the game.

"Granito was awesome tonight," Whitten said. "He did everything we asked him to do."

The Rams had six different players net goals for the game, and launched off the opening faceoff to a 3-0 lead from the start. Costigan, Brasco and Michael Bossidy scored in the first quarter as the Rams held a 3-1 lead after one.

"To get up on them early was a huge advantage," Costigan said. "We had the momentum the whole game."

New Canaan's Jake Miller and Errett traded goals in the second quarter, as New Canaan carried a 4-2 lead into halftime.

"We gave up three, and one was man-down," Whitten said. "Our kids worked hard tonight."

"You can't win with two goals," Parisi said.

The Rams outscored Ludlowe 4-1 in the second half.

"We asked our offense to try to give our defense a cushion," Whitten said.

Parisi was especially frustrated after the contest. Ludlowe had started the year 6-1, a tie for the best start in school history. However, his Falcons have played the Rams six times since Ludlowe opened, and have never scored more than three goals against New Canaan.

"You hold New Canaan to eight goals, you should win," Parisi said. "It's going to be on our guys to rally and determine who they want to be."

The Rams will take on Warde on Thursday at Dunning Stadium at 6 p.m. New Canaan has tough contests with Lawrenceville (N.J.) on Saturday and Wilton on Tuesday coming up.