NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A youth lacrosse league in one of America's richest towns denies it discriminates against girls and says a coach making the allegations in a lawsuit was involved in escalating personal conflicts with assistant coaches.

Dr. Claudia Harris recently filed the lawsuit in Stamford Superior Court alleging the New Canaan Lacrosse Association violated a federal law that mandates equal opportunities for men and women in athletics.

The lawsuit says boys are provided more money, equipment, supplies, practice time and experienced referees.

The lacrosse league said Wednesday in its first detailed response that it goes to great lengths to provide equal access to boys and girls and to provide a safe environment.

Harris says the league was trying to discredit her when she tried to resolve the issues without suing.