LEWISBURG, Pa. – Twin sisters Jackie Ham and Kendall Ham both earned First Team All-Patriot League women's soccer honors, while fellow seniors Karli Cirovski, Meghan Holtz and Maddie Mulford were all named to the All-Patriot League Second Team on Monday.
Bucknell’s five All-Patriot League selections were tied for second-most this year. Navy claimed six selections, while Boston University, Lehigh and Colgate also had five. In a race that came right down to the final game of the regular-season, the Bison finished second to Navy in the Patriot League standings. Both teams earned byes into the Patriot League Tournament semifinals later this week.
The Ham sisters were a big reason why Bucknell finished 7-2 in league play this season. Jackie started every game at left back as part of a defensive unit that has posted seven clean sheets, including a school-record six straight shutout victories in one stretch.
Jackie Ham is now a three-time All-Patriot League selection, having also been named to the Second Team in 2016 and Third Team in 2015. She earned a Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week citation earlier this season after helping the Bison to shutouts of Loyola and Holy Cross. She also scored goals in both of those games, giving her five goals and eight assists for 18 points in her career.
Kendall Ham earned First Team honors for the third year in a row. Last season she went on to earn First Team All-Region and Third Team All-America accolades while also being named the Patriot League Player of the Year. She has backed it up with another big year as a senior. She leads the league in points with 21 and is tied for the league lead in goals with nine.
Also an Academic All-American, Ham’s nine goals all came in Bucknell’s nine Patriot League contests. No other player in the league scored more than five goals in league play. Ham had three two-goal games, the last coming against Boston University on Senior Day, and she also scored a terrific goal against Navy in Bucknell’s 2-1 loss on Saturday in the regular-season finale. That was her 38th career goal, which is third-most in team history, one behind Liz Woodrow for the No. 2 spot.
Holtz joins the Ham sisters as a three-time All-Patriot League selection. She was a Second Team choice in 2016 and a Third Team pick in 2015. A two-year team captain, Holtz has been magnificent for the Bison in the central midfield this season.
A two-time Patriot League Midfielder of the Week, Holtz is tied for the team lead with five assists and also has 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.
One of the league’s top forwards, Mulford is back on the All-Patriot League Team after earning First Team honors as a junior in 2016. Mulford is second on the team with 10 points with four goals and two assists this season. Three of her goals came in league victories over Holy Cross, Colgate and Lehigh. She now has 16 goals, 16 assists and 48 points in her career. The 16 assists are tied for fifth-most in school history.
Cirovski is now a two-time All-Patriot Leaguer after garnering First Team honors last season. She has been another of the mainstays on Bucknell’s back line, starting all 18 games while playing 95.4 percent of the team’s minutes at center back. Cirovski is in her third year as a starter and has contributed to 28 shutouts over that span.
Jackie Ham, Kendall Ham and Holtz became Bucknell’s 10th, 11th and 12th three-time All-Patriot League selections. Holtz joins her older sister Caitlin (2008-10) on the list, making for a combined 12 All-PL certificates from the Ham and Holtz families.
At 10-8 overall and 7-2 in the Patriot League, Bucknell is the No. 2 seed for the Patriot League Tournament and will next play in a semifinal matchup on Friday at approximately 7:30 p.m. at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in Annapolis. The Bison will be attempting to repeat at Patriot League champions.