Women’s Golfers Earn NESCAC Honors; Levins Named Player of the Year

(L-R): Chloe Levins and Blake Yaccino.
(L-R): Chloe Levins and Blake Yaccino.


Junior Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.) of the Middlebury's women's golf team was tabbed as the 2018 NESCAC Player of the Year, while picking up first-team all-conference accolades. She becomes the first Panther to earn the league's highest honor since the award's inception in 2015. Classmate Blake Yaccino (Kenilworth, Ill.) also earned first-team honors. Middlebury competed in five events this fall and will resume its schedule in April.

Levins earned her third-consecutive All-NESCAC accolade, after being named to the first team in 2016 and the second team a year ago. She was the medalist at the NESCAC Championship as the Panthers played host to the event, shooting back-to-back rounds of 76 for a two-day score of 152. Levins also won the Williams Invitational with a score of 146 (70-76). A few weeks earlier, she finished tied for third at Wellesley's Ann S. Batchelder Invitational, posting rounds of 75 and 77 for a two-day total of 152.

Yaccino moved up to the All-NESCAC First Team after two years as a second-team honoree in 2016 and 2017. She had three top-five finishes in four tournaments, finishing tied for third at the NESCAC Championship with a 160 (79-81). Yaccino posted a pair 150 scores to start the fall at the St. Lawrence Invitational (75-75) and the Mount Holyoke Invitational (77-73) to end up in a fourth-place tie and fourth overall, respectively.