Flank Jessie Endries (sophomore) attempts to tackle the a DSHA player.

Franklin, WI–In a rematch of the season finale that Hamilton won on a last second play, Divine Savior Holy Angels used a stout defense in their own end and added a few well-timed tries to hold off Hamilton by a score of 5-20 in the title game of the state’s consolation bracket.

With the loss, Hamilton finished 6th in the state in their first season in Wisconsin Girls Rugby.

DSHA opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a close run by their #3, who put her team up 0-5 to start the game.

Minutes later, Hamilton’s Lauren Leonardi responded by breaking for a long try reminiscent of the try she scored to defeat DSHA on the final play of their last meeting, tying the game at 5-5.

Before the half ended, DSHA’s #9 and #2 added tries within minutes of each other to put their team ahead, 5-15, at the break.

Hamilton kept battling and spent much of the second half with the ball in DSHA’s end, but DSHA’s tough defense would not allow Hamilton to break through.

DSHA would add another try before the game’s end, taking consolation title by a score of 5-20.

–Alex Werra did not play because of a bruised patella.
–Grace Kurucz left the game early with a head injury.
-DSHA awarded Hannah Pfersch and Lauren Leonardi forward and back of the game, respectively.
–Hamilton awarded DSHA’s #2 and #13 forward and back of the game, respectively.
–Catholic Memorial Defeated DSHA’s varsity team to win the 2017 State Championship.

Fantastic Five

  • Lauren Leonardi
    • Scored the team’s only try and had eight tackles.
  • Hannah Pfersch
    • Was a tough player on both offense and defense.
  • Calla Dane
    • Led the team with nine tackles.
  • Abby DePue
    • Make five tackles and had no missed tackles.
  • Taylor Fryda
    • Had six tackles and was reliable on offense.
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