Whenever a team holds its senior day festivities, there's always that chance of a letdown by the host team.

There wasn't even a remote chance of that happening Saturday when playoff-bound Staples hosted winless Fairfield Warde.

Though the Wreckers had an easy time of it in its 16-1 win over Warde, Staples head coach Paul McNulty was impressed with the Mustangs young program.

"They played hard through the whole game and that's all you could ask for as a coach," McNulty said when he was asked his thoughts about Warde. "If everybody's hustling the entire game, you know you have the right kind of players."

Nick Maki scored three goals for the Wreckers, and Tom Jenkins and Kyle Murray both added two. Colin Bannon added three assists for Staples.

Staples goals were also scored by Charlie Ross, Billy Lahiff, Kip Orban, Jake Frimet, Peter Paul, Joey Zelkowitz, Kevin Kearney, Will Johnson and Liam Flaherty.

Jack Ford scored the lone goal for the Mustangs.

Staples improved to 9-3 on the season, while Warde fell to 0-12.

Despite Warde's hustle, they were clearly outmatched by an emerging Staples program that has made great strides since McNulty took the reins last season.

Though Staples, in contrast, is in the FCIAC playoff hunt, despite also having a young line-up. McNulty says he hopes his team has improved to the point that it's able to hit its peak once the postseason starts.

"We have a lot of sophomores starting for us and we don't consider them sophomores anymore, we consider them varsity players," McNulty said.

While McNulty's team was able to celebrate senior day and the mark the Class of 2011 put on the Staples program, he thinks Warde's lacrosse Class of 2014 may have a similar one in its future.

"They just have to develop their skills, but you have to start with hustle and heart, and (Warde) showed that," McNulty said.