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Parker eyes hockey reunion with sister at Harvard

Pair to reunite on Harvard ice

Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe

Noble & Greenough’s Mary Parker takes a shot against Phillips Exeter last week.

The moment, for the Parker sisters, is frozen in time.

The Assabet Valley girls and perennial Tier 1 power Shattuck-St. Mary’s were scoreless with 1:30 remaining in overtime of the 2010 U-19 national championship game.

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Charging toward the Shattuck-St. Mary’s net, Mary Parker drew the attention of the defense before sliding the puck over to her wide-open sister, Elizabeth, who buried her bid to secure the championship.

“That was an unbelievable moment,’’ recalled Mary, a high-scoring senior center for the 13-0-1 Noble & Greenough girls’ team in Dedham.

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Elizabeth Parker is a sophomore at Harvard.

“That’s definitely a moment I’ll remember for forever.’’

The siblings cite the win as their favorite moment in hockey, but it also marked the last time the Parkers skated as teammates.

That fall, Mary started her junior year at Nobles after attending Acton-Boxborough in her freshman and sophomore years. Elizabeth graduated from A-B and headed to Harvard. The family moved to Milton last year.

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Next fall, the pair will be reunited on the ice as teammates, when Mary joins Elizabeth on the women’s hockey team at Harvard.

“I’m so excited about Harvard,’’ said Mary. “I still know it will be a big step, but I think Nobles prepares all the students really well to make that jump into college, both academically and athletically.’’

Elizabeth, a sophomore forward who has netted five goals for the 12-6-1 Crimson this season, said: “I’m really excited she’s coming here. We play so well together. We always know where each other is on the ice. I love playing with her.’’

The two, notes their older sister, Julianne, have been best friends since they were little.

“They were definitely close before they started playing hockey, even when they were little,’’ said Julianne, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania who plays club hockey.

“Elizabeth was always protective of Mary. They’re only two years apart, but Elizabeth was like a mom figure to Mary.

“They always did everything together. I think hockey just coincided with them [being so close]. Growing up, everyone thought they were twins because they were so close.’’

Their bond, already strong, matured on the ice, and through their dedication, they developed into talented players, earning invites to national development camps.

“We’ve always trained together,’’ said Mary. “[We always] have healthy competition against each other, [we’re] always trying to make each other better, and always try to have fun doing it.’’

The national development camps “have helped my game enormously,’’ said Mary.

“Playing for those teams and the national development camps, you’re playing with kids from all over the country, the best competition there is, so just playing against the best kids out there is going to make you so much better.’’

This season, flanked by sophomore Lexie Laing (Marblehead) and senior Mary Kate Cruise (Brockton), the younger Parker has racked up 23 goals and 10 assists in 14 games, already surpassing her goal total of a year ago.

Her shot, which Parker works on constantly, sets her apart. But she also excels as a skater and passer, said Nobles’ coach Tom Resor.

“She’s got the speed. She moves the puck well, sees the ice [well], and she really shoots it well,’’ said Resor, in his 12th season with the girls’ program at Nobles after a long run as the boys’ coach.

“I think her shot, for a high school player, is further developed than most. She really leans into shooting. She can shoot on the move, when a lot of kids slow down to shoot.’’

Elizabeth, who attends as many Nobles games as she can, believes her sister has a shot that will transition well to the next level.

“She has an unbelievable shot,’’ she said. “I think it’s going to help her a lot. She already has a college level shot, maybe even better. Being such a strong skater and being so strong in general is going to help her so much at the next level.’’

Nobles, which lost to Westminster in the final of the New England Prep Division 1 tournament last year, 3-1, has a rich history.

Three former Bulldogs, junior Kaitlin Spurling, sophomore Marissa Gedman, and freshman Michelle Picard play for Harvard, and Resor has coached former US Olympians Sarah Parsons and Helen Resor, his niece.

“Mary’s right up there with the top five forwards that I’ve coached,’’ said Resor. “She’s an offensive threat. For girls to have 20-goal seasons, that’s significant, and the fact that she’s already had two in two years. You can argue that there’s more depth to the girls’ game now than there was when players ahead of her were playing, [players] who really distinguished themselves as Olympic players, and I think Mary stacks up with them.

“Even though [she’s only been here] two years, she’ll go down as one of the best players to come through here.’’

Clifford, Galvin lift Mustangs

After back-to-back seasons with single-digit wins, the Norwood High boys are determined to break through.

With nine games left in the regular season, the Mustangs were 8-2-3, thanks in large part to a little confidence, and some strong hockey.

“They know they can play with anyone,’’ said Bill Clifford, in his eighth season as coach. “If they come to play they think they can play with anyone. I know they can. They’re a fast-skating team, they’ve played disciplined hockey, and it’s shown. They’re a confident bunch. They feel they can beat anyone on any given day.’’

The Mustangs have received a boost from sophomore John Galvin (9 goals, 3 assists), who has established himself as an important piece for the present and future.

“He’s scoring a lot this year,’’ said Clifford. “He was a freshman last year and got some playing time and did a good job last year. He’s gotten bigger and stronger since last year. He has a lot more confidence, and it’s showing. He has a great shot and gets it on net, and it’s paying off for him. He’s only a sophomore, but he’s going to be a good hockey player for us.’’

Peter Kelly (8 goals, 12 assists) also provided a big lift with his unselfish play, pushing the Mustangs atop the Bay State Conference’s Herget Division.

Mulready claims his 100th point

In an 8-0 Rockland victory, senior captain John Mulready collected his 100th career point with his fourth goal of the game against South Shore League rival Hull.

Mulready now has 59 goals and 41 assists in his varsity career.

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