LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell senior Kendall Ham joined an elite group on Thursday, as she was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team for the second year in a row. Ham, a Third Team selection this year after earning First Team honors in 2016, is Bucknell’s 31st multiple-time Academic All-American across all sports and the first from women's soccer. Bucknell has now produced 133 all-time Academic All-Americans, one of the highest totals in the nation.
Ham will graduate as the second-leading goal-scorer (41) in Bucknell women's soccer history. She led the team to Patriot League titles in each of the last two seasons, and she was a three-time First Team All-Patriot League selection. Also a three-time All-East Region selection, Ham repeated as the Patriot League’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year this fall.
Ham was named Patriot League Tournament MVP after her stunning hat trick against Navy in the league final. All three goals came in the first 21 minutes of the game, and it was just the fourth hat trick in Patriot League Tournament history. Ham logged 12 goals and three assists for 27 points on the season. The 12 goals ranked second in the Patriot League, and her 27 points tied for the most in the conference.
Ham produced four multi-goal games this season, all against conference opponents, and her 41 career goals are second-most in Bucknell history. A Third Team All-America selection in 2016, Ham was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List earlier this fall and was listed No. 80 on the Top Drawer Soccer midseason national Top-100 Player list.
Off the field, Ham carries a 3.88 grade-point average in biology. She has served as a study group leader and tutor at Bucknell, and last summer she served as a student intern in the Johns Hopkins University Otolaryngology Lab. Ham worked with two doctors studying YAP, a gene involved in non-small-cell lung cancer.
The Bucknell women’s soccer program has now produced five national Academic All-Americans, including Ham twice. The others were Joanne Crane in 1994, Shannon Curd in 2006 and Alexis Gannon in 2016.