The Fairfield Ludlowe boys lacrosse team started its 2011 season with a bang.

And it came at its biggest rivals' expense.

The Falcons blitzed cross-town rival Warde, scoring 14 times in the first half, en route to a 15-2 thrashing over the Mustangs on Wednesday night at Tetreau/Davis Field.

"It's all about how you start," Ludlowe coach Chris Parisi said. "We started on fire and kept up the pace."

Brendan Errett scored four times and his brother Dan scored twice for Ludlowe. Chris Boardman added two goals. Nate Ryan, Pat Nadolny, Matt Holzinger, George Voucas, Mac Eder and Ryan Desmond each added single goals for the Falcons.

"We have a lot of senior leadership and that was probably the difference," Parisi said.

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Brad Nerreau and Jack Ford scored for Warde as the Mustangs fell to 0-1. Jason Nerreau stopped two shots and Brian Steger made seven saves for Warde as well.

"They're a very good team and we're young," Warde coach Tom Cunningham said. "

Ludlowe took control of the game right from the opening faceoff, scoring eight goals in the opening quarter. Brendan Errett notched an assist in the first period, and Boardman tallied both of his goals.

"In our best years in the past, even in our best games, we've had trouble getting into double digits," Parisi said. "It's a credit to our offense and to all the work we've done in the offseason that we wer firing on all cylinders tonight."

Brendan Errett scored three of his four goals in the second, as the Falcons opened a 9-0 lead. Nerreau broke the ice for the Mustangs, beating Falcons goalie Graham Ward to cut the lead to 9-1.

Ludlowe and Warde traded goals in the second half, with Eder tallying once and Ford scoring for Warde.

"We played a much better second half than a first half," Cunningham said. "Our guys did a good job, they played hard the whole game."

Parisi was excited that his team was able to come out as hot as it did, especially against his team's arch-rival.

"It's always an emotional thing to prepare for," Parisi said. "They have a lot of young guys who are only going to get better."

Cunningham realizes that his team has some growing to do.

"It was our first game of the year, game speed is a little bit quicker," he said. "Our offense has to make some adjustments to that, and work the ball better."

Warde will travel to play at New Milford today at 4:30 p.m. Ludlowe will have a test when it travels to Westport to play Staples at 4 p.m.