FAIRFIELD -- Crisp passing and shooting got Darien off to a hot start Tuesday night and put Fairfield Ludlowe in a hole it just couldn't dig out of.

The Blue Wave jumped out to a six-goal halftime lead and eventually won the road tilt 13-5 to stay unbeaten on the season, winning their 28th straight game dating back to last season.

"We did some good things," Darien coach Jeff Brameier said. "We had a lot of different contributors; it's an early April game, both teams are still trying to find their identity and figure out what makes them click."

For the Wave (5-0, 3-0 FCIAC) it was Andrew Pugliese that set up much of the scoring on the night by dominating the time off possession from the faceoff X.

"I thought Pugliese had a great night at the faceoff X," Brameier said. "And that gave us a lot of possessions -- he's a weapon in his own right."

Ludlowe coach Chris Parisi agreed that time spent in the offensive zone was a deciding factor in the loss for his Falcons (3-2, 0-2).

"Offensively, we scored five goals and we probably only had the ball for a quarter of the game," Parisi said. "We have to look at how we improve: last week we played Ridgefield and lost 15-3, we made up a couple goals on each end today and that's the way you have to look at it when you play the elite in the FCIAC."

That elite Blue Wave team had its nine first half goals scored by six different players with both Ryan Lindley and Christian Trifone tallying hat tricks in the contest.

"Trifone and Colin Minicus, my attack unit, set me up every day," said Lindley who was quick to deflect the praise. "So it's really all on them."

In the third period things got somewhat sloppy for both squads and despite 10 combined shots both teams only managed one goal.

"We moved the ball well early but we didn't hit a lot of shots," Lindley said. "We were a bit sloppy so we have to improve on that."

The Falcons the offense ran through senior Matt Doyle, who scored twice and added an assist. Trevor Demilt added two goals for Ludlowe and Tim MacDonald had one.

"He's the pride of the school," Parisi said of Doyle. "He won an FCIAC title in soccer, he's an All-State basketball player and he comes to us in the spring and does the same thing. He's a great athlete and seniors are able to amp their game up which Matt's been doing for us all year; we have three wins and Matt had a lot to do with those -- he's a dynamic kid."

Doyle, along with the 15 other Ludlowe seniors did their best to deter the Darien offense by trying to out-physical the Wave.

"When you have 18 year-olds you can play more physical of a game," Parisi said. "And I think our personnel has developed to that point."

Brameier said his offense was able to counter the physicality because it's the same tactic they face in practice every day. In the early going Darien has looked sharp but Brameier and the rest of the squad know they have a long way to go.

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Darien 13, Fairfield Ludlowe 5

DARIEN 5 4 1 3--13


Records: Darien 5-0, 3-0 FCIAC; Fairfield Ludlowe 3-2, 0-2.

Scoring: D--Ian Burgoyne 1 goal, Hudson Hamill 1g 2 assists, Christian Trifone 3g, Andrew Pugliese 1a, Colin Minicus 2g, 2a, Jack Book 1g 1a, Finlay Collins 1a, Ryan Lindley 3g, Logan McGovern 1g, Johann Nottebohm 1a; FL--Matt Doyle 2g 1a, Trevor Demilt 2g, Tim MacDonald 1g, Lorin Tobey 1a. Goalies: D--Ryan Cornell (3 saves); FL--Dennis Nelson (8). Shots: D--32; FL--12.