LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Winners of six games in a row -- all by shutout -- the Bucknell women's soccer team claimed two more Patriot League weekly honorees on Monday on the eve of a non-conference showdown with nationally ranked Princeton at Emmitt Field. Senior left back Jackie Ham was picked as the Corvias Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman midfielder Alexandra Catanzarite was named Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week.
The Bison notched a pair of 3-0 Patriot League victories last week, taking down Loyola and Holy Cross on the road. Ham helped spearhead a defense that conceded only 13 total shot attempts and just eight on frame in the two games, and she also scored a goal in both contests. The latter came on a 25-yard direct kick in Saturday's win in Worcester, Massachusetts. The goals were her first two of the season and the fourth and fifth of her career.
Catanzarite set up Kendall Ham for the opening goal of the Loyola game with a beautiful diagonal ball through the box. Then on Saturday, Catanzarite assisted on Maddie Mulford's opening goal, then she made it 2-0 with her first collegiate tally, a left-footed strike from outside the penalty area. Catanzarite is now tied for the team lead with three assists on the season.
This is Ham's second career Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor, while Catanzarite picked up her first Rookie of the Week citation.
Here is more on Tuesday's home game against Princeton.
BISON TACKLING CANCER
This year Bucknell women’s soccer will be partnering with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to cure Kids’ cancer. They will be highlighting their game against Army on Saturday, Oct. 7, where donations will be collected. Additionally, the team will be collecting any donations on campus on Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Elaine Langone Center from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Proceeds will go to support pediatric cancer research and the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger. The team will also make several visits to the pediatric cancer patients at Geisinger throughout the year. Donations will be accepted for a gold ribbon and can also be made at the game against Army on Oct. 7, or through the team’s webpage: https://team.vs-cancer.org/bucknellsoccer2017
Setting the Scene
Who: No. 14 Princeton (9-1-0, 2-0-0 Ivy League) at Bucknell (7-5-0, 4-0-0 PL)
When: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.
Where: Emmitt Field, Lewisburg, Pa.
TV: Stadium/WSWB-4 38-4 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre market (Click Here for All TV Outlets)
Live Webstream: Patriot League Network or Twitter
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
About the Bison
• Bucknell plays its final non-conference game of the regular season on Tuesday night, and it's another tough one as 14th-ranked Princeton comes to Emmitt Field. The Bison have taken on the most challenging non-league schedule in program history. Here is a breakdown:
- 8/18 -- 2-0 home loss to Syracuse (currently 5-4-2, with two ties and three losses vs. ranked opponents)
- 8/20 -- 3-2 home loss to Saint Joseph's (18-2-2 last season, currently 6-4-2)
- 8/25 -- 2-0 loss at No. 12 Duke (now 11-1-0 and ranked No. 4 in the country)
- 8/27 -- 3-1 loss at William & Mary (started season 4-0, but is 0-8-1 since)
- 9/3 -- 2-1 OT win at Rider (2-8-1 overall but 2-2-1 in MAAC play)
- 9/7 -- 1-0 home loss to Tennessee (now 10-1-1 and ranked No. 25 nationally; only loss was 1-0 at No. 3 South Carolina)
- 9/20 -- 4-0 home win over Saint Francis (Pa.) (2016 NCAA Tournament team is 5-6-1 overall, 2-0-0 in NEC)
- 10/3 -- home vs. No. 14 Princeton (10-1-0 overall, 2-1-0 vs. ranked teams)
• Bucknell enters the Princeton game on a major roll. Since the 1-0 home loss to Tennessee on Sept. 7, the Bison have rattled off six straight victories, all shutouts, and they have scored 16 goals in the last six games after tallying five goals in the first six contests of the year.
• The six consecutive shutouts equals the team record set in 2015, but that run started with a 0-0 tie at Navy. So the six straight shutout victories are a new school record. The Bison have now posted 557:39 scoreless minutes, which is still a bit shy of the 2015 record of 655:03.
• Sophomore goalkeeper Dani Kaufman has played all but 18 minutes of this shutout streak, and she has five solo clean sheets along with a shared shutout (of Saint Francis) with Theresa Adu-Attobrah. Kaufman leads the Patriot League in shutouts and saves per game (5.3), and she is second in save percentage (.842) and goals-against average (1.01). Kaufman has an experienced back four in front of her, with center backs Karli Cirovski and Maddie Dano flanked by outside backs Jackie Ham and Ali Russo.
• Bucknell has 14 goals in its last four games and is now up to 21 on the season. The team has had excellent goal distribution, as 13 different players have found the net, and no player has more than three. Kendall Ham leads the team with nine points on three goals and three assists, while Meghan Holtz has seven points from two goals and three assists. Gabi Rosenfeld also has three goals, while Alexandra Catanzarite and Maddie Dano are tied for the team lead with three assists.
• Bucknell's first-year class has accounted for five goals and seven assists.
• Bucknell set team records in wins (16), league wins (8) and win percentage (.850) last season, while posting a program-record 14-game unbeaten streak. The Bison brought back 45 of their 51 goals a season ago, including eight of their top 10 scorers. Bucknell returned seven starters, five of whom made All-Patriot League Teams in 2016.
• The Bison have reached the Patriot League Championship game each of the last two seasons under Kelly Cook, who is in her third year as head coach. She is a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year and is joined on the sidelines by David Madsen and Leigh Howard. The trio earned NSCAA Regional Staff of the Year honors in 2016. Cook's record at Bucknell is 34-13-5 overall and 18-2-2 in Patriot League play.
• Senior forward Kendall Ham was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given annually to the nation's best player. Ham became Bucknell's first women's soccer All-American last season. She and her twin sister, outside back Jackie Ham, are starters and returning All-Patriot League selections. Last week at Loyola, the twins scored goals in the same game for the third time in their careers.
Record Book Watch
• Kendall Ham is tied for sixth (with Kerry McDonnell) on Bucknell's career points chart with 76. Next up is Christa Matlack in fifth with 78 points.
• Kendall Ham is tied for fifth all-time (with Matlack) in goals with 32. She needs two more to catch Krista Lee Gentile for the No. 4 spot.
• Maddie Mulford sits in a four-way tie for seventh place on Bucknell's career assists list. Her next assist will move her into a tie for sixth with Krista Lee Gentile.
Scouting Princeton/Series History
• Princeton went 10-4-3 last season, and despite graduating both of its First Team All-Ivy League selections, the Tigers have been dominant in 2017. They have won nine of their 10 contests, with the lone setback a 1-0 home defeat to No. 6 West Virginia. Earlier in the year Princeton beat back-to-back ranked opponents on a trip to Tobacco Road, 2-0 at No. 20 North Carolina State and 2-0 at No. 18 Wake Forest. The Tigers have already beaten Yale and Dartmouth in Ivy League play, and they have outscored foes 21-2 on the season.
• Besides West Virginia, New Hampshire is the only other team to solve the Princeton defense, and the two goals against are tied with Butler for the fewest allowed in the country thus far.
• Abby Givens leads the team with eight goals and 18 points. Mimi Asom and Courtney O'Brien have four goals apiece. Vanessa Gregoire has a team-high five assists.
• Natalie Grossie has started all but one game this season and has a miniscule 0.22 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
• Bucknell junior midfielder Carly Baggott and Princeton freshman forward Eve Hewins both attended Hingham High School in Massachusetts.
• Bucknell is 1-6-1 all-time against Princeton, with the draw coming last year on the Tigers' home field. Bucknell's lone series win was a 4-1 home verdict in 2007. The teams met every year from 1995-99, with Princeton winning all five. The Tigers also won 3-0 in 2008.
• In last year's game at Roberts Stadium, the Bison scored midway through the first half on a goal from Kendall Ham, assisted by Maddie Mulford. Princeton's Asom equalized in the 71st minute, and the game finished in a 1-1 deadlock. The Tigers had an 18-7 shot advantage.
• Following the Princeton game, the Bison are back home again on Saturday to face Army West Point at 2 p.m. at Emmitt Field.