LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell women’s soccer team just concluded a remarkable November on the pitch, winning the Patriot League title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history and the first since 2005. And while the Bison excelled on the field, they are also getting the job done in the classroom.
On Tuesday it was announced that forwards Kendall Ham and Alexis Gannon were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Ham was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, while Gannon earned third team honors. Prior to the announcement, only two players in program history received Academic All-America accolades. Joanna Crane earned the citation in 1994, followed by Shannon Curd in 2006.
Members of the top offensive team in the Patriot League, Ham and Gannon advanced to the national Academic All-America ballot by earning All-District honors last month. The two also earned a spot on the 11-player Academic All-Patriot League Team, with Ham being named Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Gannon earning the citation for the second straight season.
Ham is the first Bucknell player in program history to earn first team honors. The junior is a biology major with a 3.84 cumulative GPA and is a two-year member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
On the field, Ham was the most prolific striker in the Patriot League. The Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Ham lived up to the expectations, leading the league in points (35) and 15 (goals), becoming the fourth Bison in program history to be tabbed Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. Ham ranks seventh in goals (29) and eighth in points (65) on Bucknell’s all-time lists.
Gannon carries a 3.76 cumulative GPA in neuroscience and is a three-year Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member. The tri-captain has been involved with several medical facilities in the country, including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she worked with doctors who focus on neuroblastoma, a tumor that primarily affects children.
On the pitch, Gannon started every game for the Bison, posting four goals and seven assists for 15 points, good for third on the team. She earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors, and concluded her Bucknell career having played in 78 games, including 45 starts, recording 13 goals and 13 assists for 39 points.
The Bison wrapped up the 2016 campaign 16-2-2 overall, setting program marks in wins (16) and win percentage (.850).