Lindeberg, Rutherford achieve success in classroom and on field
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two standouts on the Plymouth State University men's soccer teams have received the highest academic honors for intercollegiate student-athletes for their successful accomplishments in the classroom as well as on the soccer field.
Senior Felix Lindeberg (Stockholm, Sweden) and junior Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia) have been voted to the Academic All-America® Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The two Panthers were named to the Academic All-America® Team for NCAA Division III Men's Soccer, with Rutherford earning First Team honors and Lindeberg Second Team accolades.
Lindeberg has the unique distinction of earning the honor for the second year in a row, having received First Team honors in 2015. He is the second soccer player in school history to become a two-time Academic All-America®, joining Paul Andrew (1995, 1996).
The only Division III schools nationally to have two honorees on the men's Academic All-America® teams this year are Plymouth State, Johns Hopkins University and Oberlin College. The only other Division III institutions in New England to have a player selected were MIT, Middlebury College and the US Coast Guard Academy, which had one recipient each.
A three-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 10 goals and six assists. Rutherford ranked among the Little East Conference leaders in goals, assists and points, and is a First Team All-Little East Conference selection in 2016.
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.
The complete Academic All-America Soccer Team is available on the CoSIDA website at