Despite the fact that its coach was suspended, ninth-seeded Darien girls lacrosse team defeated No. 8 Guilford 15-4 in the first round of the Class M state tournament.

Superintendent Stephen Falcone confirmed Thursday afternoon that coach Lisa Lindley was placed on administrative leave with pay.

It's not clear at this time whether the reason for Lindley's suspension stems from an incident at the FCIAC girls lacrosse finals between Greenwich High School and Darien High School May 25. During a time-out in the first half of the game, Lindley became visibly frustrated with goalie Caylee Waters and grabbed her by the helmet as she leaned into her. Darien won that matchup 17-14. Sources confirmed Lindley was not at practice all week.

Falcone did not comment on the reason for Lindley's suspension, but confirmed that she continues to teach physical education at Middlesex Middle School despite her suspension from the team. He would not say how long the suspension would last.

Darien High School Principal Dan Haron declined to comment on the matter and Athletic Director Mike Sullivan said multiple times he would not comment.

Lindley, who has been a head coach at Darien High School since 1994, is also the girls lacrosse director at Sono Field House in Norwalk.

-- Paresh Jha

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