The team poses for one of many pictures during the tournament.

Milwaukee, WI–Hamilton made their Lakefront 7s debut by winning two out of the three games they played.

In their first match against the Sentinels (Minnesota), Hamilton broke out to an early lead when scrum half Elise Rades (senior) took a long run in to put her team up 5-0. Unfortunately, the team let the Sentinels score a go-ahead try on the last play of the half. Down 7-5 entering the second half, the team rallied with three straight scores, two by Mykayla Pena (senior) and one by Chloe Miller (junior), to take the lead 20-7 and win the game.

The Harriers faced the Waukesha Barbarians in the second game, a team mostly made up of Catholic Memorial players. Waukesha scored three tries in the first half, giving Waukesha a 19-0 lead. The defense prevented anymore damage in the second half, but Hamilton was unable to score in the second half to start a comeback. Hamilton lost 19-0.

Hamilton ended the day by playing the Chiefs (Illinois). The Harriers looked sluggish to start the game, and fell behind early, 5-0. Possibly being awakened by the deficit, the team ripped off three straight tries to end the half, 15-5. Two of the tries came from Pena and the other from Rades. The Chiefs made things interesting by scoring early in the second half, tightening the score to 15-10, but an Rades breakaway and a Pena interception that she ran in for a score put the game away, 29-10.

–Carralynn Doese and Rosemary Eesley made their Hamilton debuts. Eesley had two tackles on the day and Doese had three.
–Doese left the Waukesha game early with a bruised knee and did not play the rest of the tournament.
–Two Hamilton players, Hannah Pfersch and Miller, played well enough to receive interest by scouts from a D-1 rugby program.
–Miller scored the first try of her rugby career.
–Rades joined Waukesha to play in the championship game. Waukesha lost on the last play of the game.
–The team treated the tournament like a pre-season event, using all of their available subs. Most girls only played in three halves over the course of the day.
–Assistant Coach Vic Drover is the executive director of Lakefront 7s.

Fantastic Five:

  • Mykayla Pena
    • Scored a hat trick in the final game, second on the team in tackles (6), and had five tries on the day.
  • Elise Rades
    • Had two tackles, three tries, and a great performance as scrum half in the championship game.
  • Chloe Miller
    • Had four tackles and scored the first try of her career.
  • Izzy Leiner
    • Led the team with eight tackles.
  • Hannah Pfersch
    • Finished third on the team with five tackles.
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