Sport: Women’s Soccer
Last Season: 16-2-2 overall, 8-1-0 Patriot League; PL regular-season champion
Postseason: Won Patriot League Tournament (2-0 over Lafayette in semifinals; 2-1 OT over Boston University in championship); lost 6-0 at Penn State in NCAA Tournament First Round
All-America: Kendall Ham (3rd team)
All-Mid-Atlantic Region: Kendall Ham (1st team), Karli Cirovski (1st team), Jessica Ratner (2nd team), Kelly Cook/David Madsen/Leigh Howard (Coaching Staff of Year)
All-Patriot League: Kendall Ham (1st team, Offensive Player of the Year), Jessica Ratner (1st team, Goalkeeper of the Year), Maddie Mulford (1st team), Karli CirovskI (1st team), Alexis Gannon (2nd team), Meghan Holtz (2nd team), Jackie Ham (2nd team), Ali Russo (3rd team), Kelly Cook (Coach of the Year)
Patriot League All-Tournament Team: Cora Climo (MVP), Jackie Ham, Jessica Ratner, Kelsey Witt
Academic All-Patriot League: Kendall Ham (Scholar-Athlete of the Year), Jackie Ham, Alexis Gannon
CoSIDA Academic All-District Team: Kendall Ham, Alexis Gannon
CoSIDA Academic All-America Team: Kendall Ham (1st team), Alexis Gannon (3rd team)
NSCAA Scholar All-America Team: Kendall Ham
Games of Note:
- (Sept. 1) Bucknell 2, Syracuse 1 – the Bison used second-half goals from Kendall Ham and Maddie Dano to win a battle of unbeatens on the road against an ACC program. The victory gave the Bison a 4-0 start.
- (Sept. 18) Bucknell 2, Boston University 0 – the Bison made an early statement by defeating the three-time defending Patriot League champs in the conference opener. Maddie Mulford and Alexis Gannon had the goals, while Jessica Ratner made seven saves.
- (Oct. 2 & Oct. 8) Bucknell 2, Colgate 1 (OT); Bucknell 2, Navy 1 (OT) — Kendall Ham took control of the Patriot League MVP race by scoring overtime goals in back-to-back road games against two of the top teams in the league.
- (Oct. 19) Bucknell 3, Loyola 0 – the Bison set a program victory record and improved to 13-0-1 after a dominant performance in Baltimore. At the time Bucknell was one of just two remaining unbeaten in the entire country (with South Carolina). The Bison would fall to Lehigh in their next game, but that would be the team’s only loss until the NCAA Tournament.
- (Nov. 6) Bucknell 2, Boston University 1 (OT) – Cora Climo redirected Jackie Ham’s cross into the back of the net 4:36 into overtime, setting off a wild celebration at Emmitt Field as the Bison secured their third conference title in team history. Maddie Mulford gave Bucknell a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute, but the Terriers stunned the Bison with an equalizer just 30 seconds later. Jessica Ratner kept the score level with a couple of important plays late in regulation, setting the stage for Climo’s heroics.
- (Nov. 11, Penn State 6, Bucknell 0) – The defending national champions showed why they are an elite program, as the Nittany Lions scored twice in the first half and four more times in the second to eliminate the Bison from the NCAA Tournament. The Bison had given up only 11 goals in 19 games coming in.
Looking Ahead to 2017: As good as the Bison were in 2016, they did it with only four senior starters: forward Alexis Gannon, midfielder Cora Climo, right back Kelsey Witt, and goalkeeper Jessica Ratner. All were formidable talents, but that means Bucknell does return seven starters, five of whom were on the All-Patriot League Team, and 45 of its 51 goals from last season. Head coach Kelly Cook is challenging her team with a very difficult schedule in preparation for Patriot League play. It’s an exciting slate, though, with home games against the likes of Syracuse, Tennessee, Saint Joseph’s, Princeton and Saint Francis (Pa.), and road tests against Duke, William & Mary, Rider and Penn. In Patriot League action, this is a year in which Bucknell has four games at home and five on the road, adding another layer of difficulty for a veteran squad.
Season/Home Opener: Aug. 18 vs. Syracuse (7 p.m.)