PSU Men’s Soccer players named Academic All-District

PSU Men’s Soccer players named Academic All-District

Lindeberg, Rutherford achieve success in classroom and on field

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two starters on the Plymouth State University men's soccer team have been honored for their successful accomplishments in the classroom as well as on the field.

            Junior Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and sophomore Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia) have been voted to the Academic All-District Team, as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). The two Panthers were named to the Academic All-District Team for District I in NCAA Division III Men's Soccer, and they are now eligible for selection to the Academic All-America team, which will be announced later this fall.

            Lindeberg and Rutherford are key players on a Panther team that is 8-6-1 overall heading into this Saturday's regular season finale and has clinched a Little East Conference Tournament berth.

            A co-captain and three-year starter in goal for the Panthers, Lindeberg is a Biology major and has the highest grade point average of all PSU student-athletes. He serves as an Anatomy & Physiology Teaching Assistant with plans for medical school to become a doctor, and is a member of the Pre-Medical Professionals Society. He has been on the PSU President's List every semester, and received a PSU Award for Diversity & International Initiatives. On the field, Lindeberg ranks second in the Little East Conference in save percentage (.814) and third in goals against average (1.06) and limited nationally-ranked Tufts to just one goal.

            A two-year veteran forward for the Panthers, Rutherford also has an outstanding grade point average as a Marketing major, making the PSU President's List each semester in Plymouth. He has also been the team's leading scorer the past two seasons, topping the Panthers this fall with six goals, seven assists and 19 points after a rookie year when he tallied a team-leading five goals and three assists. Rutherford also ranks second in the Little East Conference this fall in assists.

            To be eligible for the Academic All-America program, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).  He/she must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.  Academic All-District First Team selections advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America honors.

              The complete Academic All-District Men's Soccer Teams are available on the CoSIDA website at http://cosida.com/documents/2015/10/29//2015_MSoccer_AcadAllDistrict.pdf?id=1652.

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