LEWISBURG, Pa. – It was a big week for the Bucknell women’s soccer team, which posted a pair of 2-1 victories over upper-division rivals Lehigh and Boston University to stay within one point of the Patriot League lead heading into the final round of league play. Three of the key contributors to those wins were honored on Monday, as Kendall Ham earned the Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award, Meghan Holtz was named Corvias PL Midfielder of the Week, and Alexandra Catanzarite was named Corvias Rookie of the Week.
Ham registered both goals in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Boston University in what was a rematch of the last two Patriot League championship games. She scored in the eighth and 32nd minutes to stake the Bison to an early 2-0 lead. The goals were her seventh and eighth of the season and 36th and 37th of her career, moving her into sole possession of third place on Bucknell’s career list.
Ham now has three multi-goal games on the season, all coming in Patriot League play against Boston University, American and Army. Her 19 points are tied for the league lead, while her eight goals is one shy of the league best this season.
Holtz was all over the field in both games last week, and it was her two perfect passes that set up each of the goals in the 2-1 win over Lehigh. In the 19th minute she threaded the needle between defenders to set up Catanzarite for the opening tally. Then in the 85th minute with the game tied at 1-1, her cross from the end line connected with Maddie Mulford for the winning-goal.
Holtz and Maddie Dano are tied for the team lead with five assists on the season. That is the second-highest figure in the Patriot League. This is Holtz’s second PL Midfielder of the Week honor this season.
Catanzarite is enjoying a terrific rookie season as a central midfielder, and her goal in the Lehigh game was her second of the year to go along with four assists. Her other goal also came in conference play against Holy Cross, and that also resulted in PL Rookie of the Week honors.
At 7-1 in league play (10-7 overall), Bucknell has clinched a top-two seed and a bye into the Patriot League Tournament semifinals. With 21 points, the Bison trail first-place Navy (7-0-1, 22 points), by the slimmest of margins heading into a clash between the two squads on Saturday night in Annapolis.
A Bucknell victory would mean a second-straight Patriot League regular-season title and the right to host the Patriot League Tournament semifinals and championship game. Navy can grab the title and No. 1 seed by virtue of a win or draw on Saturday.