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Fenwick’s McNeil off and running to Boston College

Fenwick multi-sport athlete Lexi McNeil (left) committed to join the track and field team at Boston College. (Item File Photo)

PEABODY– Bishop Fenwick senior Lexi McNeil has sealed her future endeavors. McNeil will continue her athletic career at Division I Boston College, where she’ll run on the school’s track and field team.

“I had my official visit for Boston College track in December,” McNeil, recruited for throwing events, said. “I really loved the team, coaches and college. I’m really excited about going to B.C.”

During the recruiting process, McNeil, a Marblehead resident, also drew interest from Amherst College and Holy Cross. In the end, the combination of academics and athletics at Boston College stood out from the other schools.

“B.C. has exceptional academics, Division I sports and amazing school spirit,” McNeil, who carries a 4.2 GPA and a is member of Fenwick’s National Honor Society, said. “It will be thrilling to compete in the ACC. I know it will be a lot of work but I have been inspired by my brother, Ryan, who’s a student-athlete at Princeton where he plays football.”

McNeil started her track and field career during her sophomore year at Fenwick. She was a stand out softball player at the time but decided to make the switch. Last summer McNeil won a silver medal at the New England Junior Olympics in the javelin event. She placed 8th nationally at the Hershey Youth Championship.

A multi-sport athlete, McNeil recently wrapped up a stellar ice hockey career by helping the Crusaders to one of their best seasons in program history. Fenwick went 12-7-1 during the regular season and earned the No. 13 seed in the Division 2 state tournament. The Crusaders defeated Cohasset/Hanover, 3-2 in double overtime, in the preliminary round. The tournament run ended with a 1-0 loss to Norwell in the first round.

McNeil captained the Crusaders, was a four-year starter and ended her career as Fenwick’s all-time leading scorer (she set the mark this past season). McNeil has also played volleyball at Fenwick.

Fenwick track and field coach Zach Nardone spoke with high praise for McNeil. Nardone believes McNeil will do well at Boston College.

“Lexi’s one of those kids you love to have on the team,” Nardone said. “Not only is she a top athlete but she also has an incredible attitude, is very smart and is a gifted leader. She’s captain of the 120 athletes strong spring track team this year. When I first heard she was coming out for track, I didn’t believe it because she was such a talented softball player. She proved what a great athlete she is, to switch sports and get recruited by B.C. for track. I’m very proud of her. She deserves the success she achieved.

“B.C. is a great school and Lexi really wanted B.C., but B.C. was very smart to recruit her as well,” Nardone said. “They are getting an awesome kid who’s also an amazing student-athlete.”

McNeil said her path to Boston College wouldn’t have been possible without the coaches and mentors who’ve guided her through her athletic career.

“I have been very fortunate to have had such wonderful coaches like (girls hockey) coach (Dough) Anderson and coach Nardone and teachers who have taught me so much, and been such a positive influence on my life,” McNeil said. “I owe so much to so many different people, and also a deep debt of gratitude to my parents and brother without whom I could never have accomplished this.”

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