The Fairfield Warde boys lacrosse team has its sights set on victory in 2010.

The Mustangs have struggled to play consistently, especially in the beginning of last season. Warde opened the year 1-7, before getting back to 5-8. The Mustangs ultimately finished the year 5-11.

"We want to get off to a good start," Mustangs' Head Coach Tom Cunningham said.

Cunningham has a belief that this is the year that they will reach the state playoffs for the first time since Warde opened in 2006.

"We have the ability to have a good season," he said. "Making states is a goal we can achieve as long as everyone steps up."

Warde will be led toward this goal by the strength of its two senior captains, Sam Eckerson and Scott Hyman. Hyman will spearhead an offensive attack that will miss losing two dominant scorers in Taylor Wicke and Andrew Kelly.

Eckerson will anchor the midfield and will hope to get the ball from faceoff guys Terrell Butler and Kenny Bunn. Both are seniors and have been a big part of the Warde program's progression.

"They work hard and win a lot of faceoffs," Cunningham said.

In the net three-year starter Brad Nerreau will be joined by junior Bryan Sager. Despite Nerreau's spot as incumbent starter firmly established, he is comfortable with the competition.

"He wants to fight for a spot," Cunningham said. "It is good to have someone pushing him back there."

The Mustangs return seven starters in all. Some of Warde's returners are not seniors, though, especially in the defense end. Junior Alex Delaney will start the season as longpole defenseman for the third straight year. Delaney will be joined by sophomore Joey Marx and Cunningham's leader in the back junior Brett Bento.

"We hope that he steps up as a leader back there," Cunningham said.

Ultimately, Warde just wants to play the season out and get better each day.

"We're going to take it one game at a time," Cunningham said.