Hedley, Lessard Selected as December Rookies of the Month

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Men’s basketball and women’s swimming are represented as the Pepsi/SAAC December Rookies of the Month as Brandon Hedley (Silver Spring, Md. / Salisbury Prep.) and Kelsey Lessard (Chestertown, Md. / Queen Anne’s County) have been selected.

Hedley, in his collegiate debut against Scranton on Dec. 1, scored nine points and dished out four assists in 32 minutes off the bench. In the Crusaders’ 61-56 win at Misericordia on Dec. 3, Hedley scored five points, grabbed six rebounds and had six assists in 35 minutes of action.

In the PNC Bank Monarch Classic on Dec. 7, he registered 18 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals in the 73-63 loss to Wilkes. The following day against King’s, he scored 10 points, had six assists and grabbed three rebounds in SU’s 69-63 overtime victory.

Hedley closed out the month by scoring a team-high and career-best 20 points while shooting 6-for-11 from downtown and dished out seven assists in a game-high 35 minutes of action at New Jersey City on Dec. 15.

Earlier in December at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational, Lessard eclipsed the program record in the 200 breast by three seconds with a mark of 2:28.67. She also set personal-best times in the 100 breast (1:10.21) and the 200 I.M. (2:17.11).

She helped the 400 medley relay team to a fifth place finish, posting a mark of 4:06.75. Lessard swam the second leg of the 800 free relay as the team posted another fifth place mark (8:07.97). In the 200 medley relay, she helped the team to a sixth place mark (1:55.11).

Hedley and the men’s basketball team travel to Goucher on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. while Lessard and the Crusaders host Marywood on Saturday at 2 p.m.