LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Seniors Jackie Ham and Kendall Ham of the Bucknell women's soccer team were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 Team on Thursday. Both were First Team All-Patriot League selections this season and helped the Bison repeat as conference champions. The team will play West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.
Even though they are identical twin sisters, Jackie and Kendall took different academic paths at Bucknell. Jackie is an accounting and financial management major with a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average, while Kendall sports a 3.88 GPA in biology. Last week, both were named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team along with classmate Karli Cirovski, while Kendall was picked as the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Now the Hams will move on to the national Academic All-America ballot.
In order to be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, carry a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA, and be at least in his/her sophomore year.
Jackie Ham is now a three-time All-Patriot League selection. A three-year starter at outside back, she has scored a pair of goals this season and has also contributed to eight team shutouts. In Bucknell's 3-2 Patriot League championship game victory over top-seeded Navy last week, she made a game-saving play late in the match, clearing a loose ball out of the six-yard box just before a Navy forward could get a touch on it.
A recipient of the George V. McGee Investment Studies Endowment, Jackie has served as a teaching assistant in the Bucknell College of Management. She has also been an analyst with the Student Managed Investment Fund, a group of students who actively manage $1.9 million of Bucknell’s endowment. Last summer, she worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an equity capital markets summer analyst in New York City.
Kendall Ham received First Team All-Patriot League honors for the third year in a row. She was also named Patriot League Tournament MVP after her stunning hat trick against Navy in the league final. All three goals came in the first 21 minutes of the game, and it was just the fourth hat trick in Patriot League Tournament history. Kendall has 12 goals and three assists for 27 points on the season. The 12 goals rank second in the Patriot League and 25th nationally, and her 27 points are tied for the most in the conference. She has produced four multi-goal games this season, all against conference opponents, and her 41 career goals are now secod-most in Bucknell history. A Third Team All-America selection last season, Kendall was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List earlier this fall and was listed No. 80 on the Top Drawer Soccer midseason national Top-100 Player list.
Off the field, Kendall has served as a study group leader and tutor at Bucknell, and last summer she served as a student intern in the Johns Hopkins University Otolaryngology Lab. Ham worked with two doctors studying YAP, a gene involved in non-small-cell lung cancer.
Bucknell captured the Patriot League title for the second year in a row and will be playing in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time. The Bison and Mountaineers will square off on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Morgantown, W.Va.