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WELLESLEY — It was the fairytale ending Mary O’Connell had dreamed of for three years.
As a freshman, she embraced her sister, Kara, an All-American defender, when the Norwell High girls captured the Division 2 state title in 2010. And ever since, the younger O’Connell has worked relentlessly to put the Clippers back on top.
Now, after a pair of prematurely shortened tourney runs the last two years, the Middlebury-bound star midfielder will depart as a state champion.
Norwell beat Winchester, 20-8, on Monday to claim its fifth crown since 2005.
This time, though, the script is flipped. Mary is a senior captain, just as Kara, now at Boston College, was three years ago. Yet another O’Connell, Jane, is the up-and-coming freshman basking with her sister in the glory of a state championship.