The Fairfield Ludlowe boys lacrosse team will open its 2010 season with a purpose unlike any other season.

The Falcons season started on Wednesday with heavy hearts as one of their captains, Kyle Finnegan, lost his mother in a battle with cancer.

"It put a lot of things in perspective for us," Ludlowe Head Coach Chris Parisi said. "We're going to dedicate this season to her and how she lived her life."

Given a new sense of purpose, Ludlowe is going to focus on being team oriented and finding a renewed sense of fellowship. The Falcons lacrosse team strives for this anyway, but with one of their teammates in need of support, it will be important for Ludlowe to come togehter as one collective unit.

"Our message is going to be one of fellowship and brotherhood," Parisi said. "Hopefully we'll be more like a family."

Leading this unit, other than Finnegan, is senior goalie and captain Henry Boyd. Boyd will split time with junior Graham Ward in the cage. Boyd will try to school Ward to take his position in 2011.

The defense will be led by Finnegan along with a pair of seniors, Devin Brault and Bo Bollinger. The trio sat behind seniors a year ago, but will now get the chance to step into the limelight.

"They're going to step up big for us," Parisi said.

In the midfield Ludlowe will be strong again this year, led by senior faceoff taker Cory Pasquerelli. Pasquerelli and senior captain Pat Tommins will anchor the transition from offense to defense. Junior Nate Ryan, who played varsity last year, will also be in the mix as a midfielder.

Up front leading Ludlowe will be three more seniors, spearheaded by captain Conner Charles. Charles, along with Matt Howard and Sam Canella, will try to give the Falcons the offense that they need.

While Parisi appreciates that his team is talented, his message of fellowship is important for Ludlowe. The Falcons have many college recruits, but not a Division I recruit that some teams have.

"We have players that go and play in college," he said. "But we have players that play the support roles for us."

The strength for Ludlowe is its depth and that numerous players can score for it. Parisi realizes that this is good for his squad since the Falcons do not have one go-to player that other teams in the FCIAC have.

"We don't have that one go-to guy," Parisi said. "We spread things around and it helps us even the scales."