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Birmingham United knocks off AA Pioneer, rolls to D1 state title game WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Birmingham United's Anna Stachler takes a shot as AA Pioneer's Helen Kulka moves in to defend during the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. Stachler had 7 goals to help lead BU to a 16-4 win. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United's Grace Fischer (5) looks to move around AA Pioneer's Sam Kass during the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. BU defeat Pioneer 16-4. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United's Caroline Wineman (31) and Lane Martin celebrate their 16-4 win over Ann Arbor Pioneer in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Birmingham United defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 16-4 in the MHSAA D1 Semi-final played on Wednesday June 8, 2016 at Troy Athens High School. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)

TROY – The Birmingham United girls lacrosse team advanced to their first state final since 2012 with a convincing 16-4 win over the Ann Arbor Pioneer Pioneers Wednesday night.

Birmingham got it going early. Jenna Bazil scored just 1:14 into the game; then, Annie Schechter and Abbie Waechter scored just 24 seconds apart to stake Unified to a 3-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game. By halftime, the lead had ballooned to 11-1.

“That’s what we’ve been focusing on. Actually, we need a fast start in both halves,” Birmingham head coach Jen Dunbar said. “We tend to go out strong and then the second half we let up a little bit. So I think we did a good job both halves of coming out.”

Anna Stachler paced the Birmingham attack with seven goals. Stachler did most of her damage in the last ten minutes of the first half and first ten minutes of the second half – scoring six goals in that stretch to help Unified turn a 6-1 game into a 15-1 rout.

“She’s been our leading goal scorer all season,” Dunbar said. “She’s quick. She’s confident with the ball. She’s a goal scorer.”

Birmingham also controlled the draws, especially in the first half when they were racing out to a big lead.

“They pretty much dominated us on possession,” Pioneer head coach Zachary Maghes said. “We had a hard time clearing it. So it wasn’t our best game. We showed some strong stuff at the end there, but by then the game was out of reach.”

Pioneer got late goals from Clare Brush, Reagan Malcolm, and Shannon Strohl to close the gap; but it was too little, too late for the Pioneers who finish the year 11-11.

“They all worked hard as a team,” Maghes said. “Hats off to Birmingham, they were charged up, ready to go, and all over the field. They beat us to every play on the field.”

Birmingham Unified (20-6) advances to Saturday’s Division 1 state final where they will face Rockford. The two teams have each won four state championships in the last nine years, but this will be the first time that they will face each other for the title.

“We’re looking forward to playing Rockford. They’re a great team, and we want to play against the best. It should be a fun match up,” Dunbar said. “This has been the goal all season. We have a big senior class, and they’re getting the job done now.”

Last Updated: 6/8/2016 10:23:32 PM EST


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