Birmingham Seaholm athletic trainer Bill Watson hands the Division 1 regional championship trophy to  the Birmingham United girls lacrosse team May 30 at Bloomfield Hills High. United advanced  to the state semifinals after defeating West Bloomfield High 20-6.

Birmingham Seaholm athletic trainer Bill Watson hands the Division 1 regional championship trophy to the Birmingham United girls lacrosse team May 30 at Bloomfield Hills High. United advanced to the state semifinals after defeating West Bloomfield High 20-6.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


Birmingham United girls lacrosse takes regional title

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published June 4, 2019

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — With a top-notch offensive performance and a swarming defense, the Birmingham United girls lacrosse team topped West Bloomfield High 20-6 May 31 to take home a Division 1 regional title at Bloomfield Hills High.

United — made up of Birmingham Seaholm and Birmingham Groves students — came roaring out of the gate as Shannon Stubbs scored the game’s first three goals in the opening five minutes. Stubbs scored five goals total.

Other goal scorers included Ellie Ruprich, Meryl Feys, Grace Silcox, Julie Dunigan, Kaleigh Rogers, Audrey Stachelski, Chloe Mihalcheon and Kate Wujciak.

The win came almost one year to the date after United fell to Bloomfield Hills last year in the regional final.

“This is what we’re always aiming for,” coach Jen Dunbar said. “It’s nice to be back here again after not having it last year. They’re really excited. A lot of them haven’t experienced it before, so it’s really exciting to see them so happy about it.”

Players and coaches alike were equally excited about the win.

“Our team worked extremely hard to regain our title, and we’re hoping to take it all the way to states,” senior Meryl Feys said. “This is definitely a celebratory win.”

In its three playoff games so far, United has combined for 55 goals while only surrendering 17. Dunbar said the team is starting to put everything together at the right time. The defense has gotten stronger and stronger as the season moves along. Offensively, the team has been moving the ball better and improving its vision on the field.

As the team advances to the state semifinals, there’s a sense of confidence and a desire to be on the field.

“We had a rough beginning to the season with injuries, and now everyone is healthy and they’re starting to put it together,” Dunbar said.

United takes on Rockford High in the state semifinal at 7:30 p.m. June 5 in Grand Ledge.

The other semifinal includes Hartland High and Brighton High. The state championship is at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at Novi High.


In other local lacrosse news:
Birmingham Brother Rice punched its ticket to the D-1 state semifinals. The Warriors will take on Rockford High June 5 at Lansing Catholic.

In girls D-2 regional final action, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood took care of Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 23-7 June 1 in a regional final, and Bloomfield Hills Marian topped Farmington High 17-16 in a double overtime thriller. The Cranes advance to take on East Grand Rapids, while the Mustangs will have Okemos High. Both games will be played June 5. Game times were not available at press time.

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