LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell senior fullback Joe Meyer (Sykesville, Md./McDonogh) earned a Second Team citation and junior back Brian Ward (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) picked up an Honorable Mention nod on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-East Region Team on Tuesday.
Meyer was one of seven student-athletes named to the Second Team (12 were selected to the First Team). Already this year he has been a Capital One Academic All-America First Team selection, a Patriot League All-Academic Team pick, and a Second Team All-Patriot League honoree.
Meyer is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average, which is one of the highest of any Bison student-athlete.
On Nov. 2, Meyer hustled from Emmitt Field immediately after a 3-1 victory over Holy Cross to New York City, where he was presented with a Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) scholarship at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. He is also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. This past summer, Meyer interned at K2M, Inc., in Leesburg, Va., where one of his tasks was to design a device to cut surgically implanted rails, which are used to maintain spinal alignment.
On the field, Meyer enjoyed a terrific senior season on the Bison back line, and he was rewarded with Second Team All-Patriot League honors. He played 1,830 of a possible 1,841 minutes at right back, fortifying a Bucknell defense that recorded 10 shutouts and a 0.73 team goals-against average. Meyer tallied a goal and two assists, with the goal coming in spectacular fashion in Bucknell’s 2-0 league win over Loyola.
Meyer was a four-year contributor at Bucknell, playing both outside midfield and fullback. He started every game as a junior and senior, and in his career he played in 76 of a possible 79 matches, with 56 starts.
Ward is a civil and environmental engineering major who participated in Bucknell’s prestigious Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management program last summer. Ward serves as the executive intern to Dean of Engineering Keith Buffinton, and he is also the president of Bucknell’s chapter of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Like Meyer, Ward was a key part of Bucknell’s standout defense this fall. He started all 20 games for the Bison, playing both fullback and some center midfield.
Bucknell finished 13-6-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the Patriot League in 2013. The Bison defeated American 3-1 in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals before falling to top-seeded and eventual champion Navy 1-0 in the semifinal round. The 13 victories were tied for second-most in program history.