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Sister act is a winner for Wellesley

Wellesley's Emily Rourke (3) celebrated her winning goal in overtime with teammate Bridget Noonan.Jim davis/globe staff/Globe Staff

The Rourke sisters dreamt of playing together.

This season, for the first time, Emily and LuLu Rourke did skate together on the same team. On Sunday morning, the Rourkes teamed up for the game-winning goal with 19.2 seconds left in overtime of the Division 2 final at TD Garden, propelling the Wellesley girls to a 3-2 win over Notre Dame-Hingham.

“Our whole lives we’ve been looking forward to being on the same high school team together,” said Emily, a 17-year-old junior. “We finally got to do it.”

“It’s exciting that the first chance we got, we came out with success,” agreed Lulu Rourke, who also earned the assist on Wellesley’s second of two middle period goals. “We couldn’t ask for anything better.”


The sisters finished the season as the Raiders’ leading scorers, each tallying 21 points. Emily Rourke closed with 7 goals and 14 helpers while Lulu, who played on both sides of the ice for the Raiders, ended with 10 goals and 11 assists.

“Lulu, as a freshman, playing serious minutes like that is really special. She’s a really special player,” said Wellesley coach PT Donato. “Emily Rourke made big plays all year. She’s very coachable.”

With their driveway dream checked off of their list in their first attempt, the Rourke sisters are already looking forward to a second and final attempt together next season.

“It’s so exciting,” Emily Rourke said. “This team is the best group of girls, and not only that, but I have my sister right next to me.

We just relax and act like we’re playing street hockey, and it’ll all come together.”

Jenna Ciccotelli can be reached at jenna.ciccotelli@globe.com.