ASHLAND, Va. – Senior Courtney Lowers (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River) of the volleyball team won the Susan Locke de Nagy Award and senior Travis Lodge (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) of the baseball team won the George P. Compton Award as the Randolph-Macon Department of Athletics held its annual Champions Dinner on Saturday, May 14, to recognize senior student-athletes and award winners.
The Susan Locke de Nagy Award is presented to a senior female student-athlete in recognition of her outstanding athletic accomplishments, leadership, and sportsmanship. A two-time captain, Lowers finished her career at R-MC as the all-time leader in kills with 1,478, which is third in ODAC history, and was named ODAC Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons. As a junior, she led the ODAC with 492 kills and averaged 4.6 kills per set, which put her fifth in the nation. In her senior season, she helped lead her team to an ODAC Championship and to the NCAA National Quarterfinals and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Galloway Regional. In addition, she accumulated a plethora of awards including being named First Team All-ODAC three times, First Team All-Region and All-State twice, and became the first student-athlete in R-MC Volleyball history to be an All-American. Off the field, Lowers' accomplishments were just as plentiful. She is a member of six National Honor Societies ranging from science, to leadership, to sororities. She was a four-year member of the Dean's List and a member of the Pre-Health Society. She gave back to the community by volunteering at the Sentara Obici Hospital Women's Center for three years. Courtney will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology.
The George P. Compton Award is presented to a senior male student-athlete in recognition of his outstanding athletic accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership, and sportsmanship. A senior third baseman, Lodge is a three-year starter and letter winner for the Yellow Jackets. After missing the majority of the 2015 season due to injury, he has become one of the top hitters in the nation. The ODAC Player of the Year, Lodge is second in the country in slugging percentage at .867, fifth in home runs per game at 0.34, sixth in on-base percentage at .558, ninth with a batting average of .453 and 10th with 12 home runs. He is listed on numerous single season and career Top Ten lists for the R-MC baseball program. Lodge was named to the ODAC All-Tournament Team after helping the Yellow Jackets win their second ODAC title in the past four years and advance to the NCAA Tournament. Off the field, Lodge has worked with the Hanover Safe Place Harvest Run, Stop Hunger Now food preparation, homeless care through Medical Respit and as a coach at John Gandy Elementary School Field Day. Academically, Lodge will earn a degree in Biology this spring. He received a Presidential Scholarship Award. Lodge participated in an Ashland Physical Therapy Internship. He has been on Dean's List multiple times.
Tracy Moriconi (Richmond, Va./St. Catherine's) earned the Robert V. Doggett '57 Award for Athletic & Athletic Excellence. The Award is presented to the senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average. Moriconi has a GPA of 3.95 and was R-MC's nominee for the ODAC Scholar-Athlete Award. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Moriconi is a triple major in Accounting, Economics, and Mathematics. Moriconi is President of Omicron Delta Epsilon, The International Economics Honors Society. She is Past Treasurer and current Vice President of Pi Mu Epsilon, The Honorary National Mathematics Society. Moriconi is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society; and Chi Beta Phi, The Interdisciplinary Scientific Honorary for undergraduates. She has made dean's list every semester. Moriconi was named Women's Collegiate Golf All-American Scholar in 2014 and 2015. She was also on the Old Dominion Athletic Conference All-Academic Team all three years.
The Hugh Stephens Coach of the Year Award was presented to head baseball coach Ray Hedrick. Coach Stephens was a 1941 graduate of R-MC and became a long-time baseball coach and Director of Athletics at his alma mater. He guided the baseball program from 1950-82. Coach Stephens' teams had a winning percentage of nearly 70% and had winning seasons in 31 of 32 seasons. Hedrick is in his 12th season as head coach of his alma mater. He has guided the Yellow Jackets to 32 wins this season, 105 victories over the past four years and a No. 2 national ranking, all top marks in program history. Hedrick will lead R-MC into the NCAA Tournament this week as the No. 2 seed in the Mideast Regional in Washington, Pa.
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