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Downing and Girard a prolific scoring pair for Dedham High girls’ hockey

Dedham High senior Colleen Downing prepares to pass during a game against Natick.
Dedham High senior Colleen Downing prepares to pass during a game against Natick. Photos by Jon Mahoney for The Boston Globe

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Colleen Downing, a senior captain, and Sam Girard, her junior linemate at Dedham High, find each other during games, always aware of where the other is headed.

In practice, they huddle together between drills to create new plays. Afterwards, they nearly complete each other sentences.

“We are like a married couple,” Girard joked.

The two have been playing on the same line since Girard’s freshman year. The two clicked instantly, they say, and have been together ever since.

At Dedham High, they play field hockey, softball, and ice hockey together.

But this will be their last year as teammates.

In 14 games, Girard has tallied 23 goals while Downing has put up 11 goals and 15 assists, leading the Marauders to a 9-4-1 start.

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