LEWISBURG, Pa. -- It was a big week for the Bucknell women's soccer team, which outscored defending Northeast Conference champion Saint Francis (Pa.) and Patriot League rival American by a combined 8-0 margin, and on Monday two of the offensive catalysts in those two victories received awards from the conference office. Senior forward Kendall Ham was named the Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, while senior Gabi Rosenfeld earned Corvias Patriot League Midfielder of the Week honors.
Coming off a Patriot League title a year ago, the Bison have played a very difficult schedule to date, and Ham has been a point of emphasis for defenses all year long. The reigning Patriot League Player of the Year and Third Team All-American broke out in a big way last week, however. She assisted on each of the first three goals in Wednesday's 4-0 victory over Saint Francis, and then she scored the team's first and third goals in a 4-0 win over American on Saturday.
Ham continues to move up in the Bucknell women's soccer record book. She jumped over Kerry McDonnell into sixth place on the career goals list with 31, and with 74 career points she is just two spots behind McDonnell for the No. 6 spot. Ham also moved into a tie for 10th place in assists with 12.
Rosenfeld, who scored a big goal in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals a year ago, notched her first three tallies of the season last week. She scored twice in the win over Saint Francis and had another on a running header off a corner kick in the victory over American. She was rewarded with her first weekly nod from the Patriot League.
Now 5-5 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League, the Bison more than doubled their season scoring output in those two games. They had seven goals in eight games entering the week, before exploding for eight in the last two contests. Bucknell has also been stout defensively, winning the last four games all by shutout. The team will bring a 377:39 scoreless streak into Wednesday's encounter at Loyola. Junior center back Maddie Dano and sophomore goalkeeper Dani Kaufman received Honorable Mention recognition this week for their efforts on the defensive end.