PSU Men’s and Women’s Soccer players named to Academic All-District Teams

PSU Men’s and Women’s Soccer players named to Academic All-District Teams

Lindeberg, Rutherford, Schmidt achieve success in classroom and on field

   PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three standouts on the Plymouth State University men's and women's soccer teams have been honored for their successful accomplishments in the classroom as well as on the field.

   Seniors Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H.) and junior Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia) have been voted to the Academic All-District Teams, as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). The three Panthers were named to the Academic All-District Teams for District I in NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Soccer, and they are now eligible for selection to the Academic All-America teams, which will be announced later this fall.

   Lindeberg and Rutherford are repeat selections, having earned the honor a year ago, while Schmidt is recognized for the first time.

   A two-year co-captain and four-year starter in goal for the Panther men's squad, 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 did a research internship in the Neurobiology lab. On the field, Lindeberg was a First Team All-Little East Conference selection in 2015.

   A three-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 three seasons, topping the Panthers this fall with nine goals and six assists. Rutherford ranks among the Little East Conference leaders in goals, assists and points.

   A four-year starter and two-year captain, Schmidt has been a standout in the classroom and between the posts for the Panthers. A Criminal Justice major, she has been a member of the PSU President's List and a Criminal Justice Ambassador. She was a student member of the Academic Integrity Board, and worked as a police officer this past summer. On the field, she is a two-time First Team All-Little East Conference selection, an All-New England pick in 2015, and currently leads the Little East in goals against average (0.77) and save percentage (.890).

   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 Soccer Teams are available on the CoSIDA website at and

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