An All-American Friendship

An All-American Friendship

Kade MacGregor and Kelsey Lessard have been friends since freshman year of high school. Currently, both are senior student-athletes at Susquehanna University. MacGregor plays lacrosse while Lessard is on the women's swim team. Most recently they have both received All-American recognition. MacGregor was voted a 2015 All-America Honorable Mention by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). Lessard is a 2015 Scholar All-America Athlete as voted on by the College Swimming Coaches Association (CSCAA), a recognition she received as a junior, as well.

Kade MacGregor is a 6'7," 215-pound senior defender on the men's lacrosse team from Centreville, Maryland.  He attended Queen Anne's High School and is an accounting major. During his time at SU he has played in 53 total games and has tallied three goals, two assists, five points, 13 shots, and 153 ground balls. He was voted to the 2015 All-Landmark Conference First Team as a defender.

Kelsey Lessard is a senior individual medley and butterfly swimmer from Chestertown, Maryland. She also graduated from Queen Anne's County High School and is a strategic communications – public relations major with minors in political science and environmental studies. Her time at Susquehanna has been punctuated with Susquehanna records. She is first all-time in the 200-yard individual medley and 800-yard freestyle relay and she is in the top 10 all-time in seven more events. She has been an all-conference performer every season and in 2012-13 was the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year. Currently she holds the Landmark Conference and championship meet record in the 200-yard IM as well as first place in the 800-yard free relay. She holds top ten records in nine other events for the Landmark Conference.

Both are very supportive of each other in their respective sports.

"The only sport [Kelsey] tries to watch is men's lacrosse."

Macgregor feels that it is harder to watch swimming. Lessard agrees because meets last a long time and there is never a set time for any one event.

MacGregor had no doubts that Lessard would do something great in college because she was so successful in high school. Lessard feels that MacGregor is the reason the lacrosse team wins and was thrilled that he got the recognition that she believes he deserves.

These two have been friends since freshman year of high school when they shared a history class together and Lessard shared her candy. It did not hurt that they were both multiple sport athletes (MacGregor: ice hockey, soccer, lacrosse; Lessard: field hockey, lacrosse, swimming) and MacGregor's sister was Lessard's "little" in the sports in which she participated.

Neither knew that the other was really thinking about coming to SU until they both decided on early decision. Lessard decided on becoming a Crusader because she really liked the swimming coach and her sister [Devin Lessard '13] was already a current student-athlete at Susquehanna. Susquehanna was really the only place that MacGregor thought about. He visited a couple of times and fell in love with everything that the school had to offer. It was an added bonus for them both when they found out they were attending the same college because they would know at least one person from the very beginning.

When asked if it was easy to maintain their friendship in college, they both feel that it is definitely harder than when they were in high school. Their schedules get in the way during the school year. Along with each other's individual sports, MacGregor plays club ice hockey and Lessard is in a sorority which makes it hard to find time to hang out. They do try to eat lunch together when they can but they mainly hang out during the summer when they get together with their group of friends from high school, most of which are collegiate athletes themselves; MacGregor's pool is the favorite meeting place.

These friends have very similar goals for their senior seasons. Both want to beat their stats from last year, both want to win another conference title (MacGregor earned a Landmark Conference title his freshman and sophomore years while Lessard has earned one every year she has been at Susquehanna) and both want to earn All-American/Academic All-American recognition once again. When asked what it takes to be an All-American/Academic All-American their answers were the same: hard-work and dedication to that hard-work.

Both have agreed that they will remain friends after graduation. The group that they are a part of from high school has stayed friends through college and Lessard sees this continuing, especially given their second lifelong connection of Susquehanna University.