LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell women’s soccer team continued its run of academic awards this fall with Wednesday’s announcement that Kendall Ham has been named 2016 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Ham was joined by her twin-sister Jackie Ham along with forward Alexis Gannon on the Academic All-Patriot League Team, giving the Bison three players on the 11-member squad.
The trio is currently on the ballot for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors after being elected to the Academic All-District Team last month. Ham becomes the fourth Bucknell player to earn the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year citation and the first since Shannon Curd in 2006. Christina Baselga won the honor in 1990, followed by Joanne Crane in 1994.
Kendall Ham carries a 3.84 GPA in biology and is a two-year Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member. She earned her second straight first team all-league honor and was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the fourth player in program history to earn the accolade. The junior leads the Patriot League in points (34) and goals (15). Her 15 goals are ninth most in the country and third most in a single-season.
Jackie Ham, a Second Team All-Patriot League honoree, carries a 3.93 GPA in accounting and financial management. The Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member has helped the Bison allow the fewest goals (10) in the league while helping the squad reach double-digit shutouts for the second consecutive season.
Gannon earns Academic All-Patriot League accolades for the second straight year. The tri-captain holds a 3.76 GPA in neuroscience, and has worked at several medical facilities, including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Center for Childhood Cancer Research, where she worked with doctors who focus on neuroblastoma, a tumor that primarily affects children. The second team all-league honoree has started in all 17 games, posting three goals and six assists for 12 points, good for third on the team.
Bucknell is 14-1-2 overall and the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament. The Bison will host No. 6 Lafayette in the semifinals on Friday. Game time is set for 4:05 p.m. and will broadcast on the Patriot League Network. Purchase tickets here.