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Rough First Half Sinks Darien Girls Lacrosse in States

DARIEN, Conn. – The success of the Darien High girls lacrosse team against archrival New Canaan two weeks ago in the conference finals did not roll into Monday’s state quarterfinal. The Rams built an insurmountable 6-0 halftime lead against a stunned Blue Wave squad. Darien battled back in the second half, but New Canaan hung on to win, 9-6.

New Canaan slowed the game to a crawl on offense and dictated the pace almost throughout. Darien went on a brief tear to claw its way back in the second half, but the deficit proved too much to overcome.

“First half they had possession 90 percent of the time. When we did have the ball, we didn’t convert our shots,” Darien interim head coach Kerri Iorfino said. “We turned the ball over a lot. That hurt us.”

Darien could not be kept quiet for the entire game as Emily Stein led the way back with a hat trick in the second half. Darien pulled to within 6-4 with 11 minutes to play, but a penalty shot goal by Kristine Ryan just more than a minute later sapped Darien’s momentum.

New Canan’s lead grew to 9-4 on goals by Bea Eppler and Caroline Lizzio. Darien cut the lead to 9-6, but the Wave turned the ball over with 1:20 to go. New Canaan then ran out the clock on the defending state champs.

“Lacrosse is a 50-minute game, and we only played well for 25 minutes,” Iorfino said. “I think any time we play New Canaan it’s a tough game. We don’t take them lightly, and I don’t think they take us lightly.”

In addition to Stein’s hat trick, Dillon Schoen, Charlett Stevenson and Brynn Gasparino each scored a goal for Darien.

The end of Darien’s season came just two days after it was announced that Darien head coach Lisa Lindley was suspended for the remainder of the state playoffs. The suspension came a few days after Lindley was seen shoving goalie Caylee Waters by the helmet during the conference championship game.

Darien High administration would not confirm the reason for Lindley’s suspension, and Iorfino would not comment on anything related to the Blue Wave head coach.

Darien finishes the 2012 season with a 14-6 record and as conference champions.

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