LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Continuing a long run of scholar-athlete awards for Bucknell women's soccer student-athletes, seniors Karli Cirovski, Kendall Ham and Meghan Holtz have been named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East Region Team. Ham was a First Team selection for the second year in a row and will now be eligible for USC Scholar All-America honors, while Cirovski and Holtz were both selected to the Second Team.
Already this fall, Ham has been selected as the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a CoSIDA Academic All-American. Cirovski was also named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team. This marks the second time in school history that the Bison have placed three student-athletes on the Scholar All-Region squad. In 2010, Christa Matlack, Kelsey Johnson and Amanda Citron were all honored. Bucknel has had at least one selection in nine of the last 12 years.
Last week Ham became Bucknell's 133rd all-time Academic All-American. A Third Team All-American in 2016, she was a three-time First Team All-Patriot League selection and a three-time All-East Region selection. Last month Ham was named Patriot League Tournament MVP after her stunning hat trick in a 3-2 win over 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.
Cirovski started every game this season at center back and was a staple in the Bison defensive corps throughout her career. She was a starter during the last three seasons, during which time Bucknell posted a 21-4-2 Patriot League record and captured two league titles. This season, the team set a school record with six straight shutout victories. Cirovski was an All-Patriot League selection in each of the last two seasons, garnering First Team honors in 2016 and Second Team honors in 2017, and she was named to the PL All-Tournament Team this year.
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.
Holtz this season also became a rare three-time All-Patriot League selection. She was a Second Team choice in 2016 and 2017 and a Third Team pick in 2015. A two-year team captain, Holtz was magnificent for the Bison in the central midfield this season. A two-time Patriot League Midfielder of the Week, Holtz tied for the team lead with five assists and also scored a pair of goals. One of her tallies was an 80th-minute equalizer in what eventually became a 2-1 overtime win at Rider. She assisted on both of Bucknell’s goals in a key 2-1 win over Lehigh.
Also a member of the Patriot League All-Tournament Team this season, Holtz has a 3.59 GPA in accounting and financial management.
Bucknell finished the season with a 12-9 overall record and a 7-2 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison scored dramatic victories over Boston University and Navy in the Patriot League Tournament and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row and fourth time in program history.