LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell senior Kendall Ham has become the fourth repeat winner of the Patriot League Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, the league office announced on Wednesday. Ham also headed the 11-player Academic All-Patriot League Team, where she was joined by classmates Karli Cirovski and Jackie Ham.
Kendall Ham was also the 2016 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, when she went on to earn First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America and NSCAA Scholar All-America honors. She joins Lafayette’s Heidi Caruso (1992-93), Navy’s Nicole Aunapu (1997-98) and Navy’s Elizabeth Hoerner (2012-13) as multiple Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients in the sport of women’s soccer.
Bucknell has now claimed the Scholar-Athlete of the Year five times. In addition to Ham’s two citations, Christina Baselga (1990), Joanne Crane (1994) and Shannon Curd (2006) also won the prestigious honor.
Earlier this week, Ham received First Team All-Patriot League honors for the third year in a row. She is currently tied for the Patriot League lead with nine goals, and she leads the conference with 21 points. She has produced three multi-goal games in league play this season, and her 38 career goals are third-most in Bucknell history. A Third Team All-America selection last season, 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 cumulative grade-point average while majoring 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.
Jackie Ham, Kendall’s twin sister, was also a First Team All-Patriot League selection earlier this week. That was her third career All-PL citation. A three-year starter at outside back, Jackie has scored a pair of goals this season and has also contributed to seven team shutouts.
Jackie Ham boasts a 3.93 GPA in accounting and financial management and made the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the Second Year in a row. A recipient of the George V. McGee Investment Studies Endowment, she has served as a teaching assistant in the Bucknell College of Management. Ham has also been an analyst with the Student Managed Investment Fund, a group of students who actively manage $1.9 million of Bucknell’s endowment. Last summer, Ham worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an equity capital markets summer analyst in New York City.
Cirovski has started every game this season at center back and has been a staple in the Bison defensive corps throughout her career. She has been a starter during the last three seasons, during which time Bucknell has posted a 21-4-2 Patriot League record. Earlier this season, the team set a school record with six straight shutout victories. She has been an All-Patriot League selection in each of the last two seasons, garnering First Team honors in 2016 and Second Team honors in 2017.
As a markets, innovations and design major, Cirovski has compiled a lofty 3.91 GPA. A Dean’s Scholarship recipient, Cirovski has served as a peer writing center consultant at Bucknell. This past summer she was selected as the Tim Nesvig Sales Communications Intern at ESPN. She worked in the sales and marketing division in New York City and participated in an intern pitch competition, where she aimed to increase espnW’s visibility and empower young female athletes.
The Academic All-Patriot League Team has been in place since 2010, and Bucknell has had at least one recipient every year and multiple honorees in seven of the eight seasons.
Bucknell is the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will play No. 3 Boston University on Friday in Annapolis, Md. No. 1 Navy and No. 4 Colgate will meet in the first semifinal matchup at 5 p.m., with the Bucknell-Boston University game to follow at approximately 7:30.