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.

COMPLETE NESCAC RELEASE

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.