Middlebury College softball player Melanie Mandell (Harrison, N.Y.) was honored by the National Fastpitch Coach Association (NFCA) being named to the All-New England Region team. Mandell landed a spot on the first team as an outfielder, picking up her second all-region laurel in as many seasons after second-team honors in 2017. Mandell had previously earned All-NESCAC accolade for the second-straight season, helping lead the Panthers to a 20-11 record this spring.
The right fielder led the Panthers in batting with a .414 average and is fourth in the conference in hitting. She also hit for power, belting a Middlebury single-season record seven home runs and added 15 doubles, which tied her for second most in program history. Mandell reached base safely in 26-31 contests this spring and recorded a pair of eight-game hitting streaks. The left-handed batter also tied three single-game marks this season for doubles (3), home runs (2) and runs batted in (6). Defensively, she boasted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and led the team with six outfield assists.
In just two seasons, Mandell is already tied for third on Middlebury's career list for home runs with 10 and is tied for fifth in doubles with 27.