Rutherford recognized for success in classroom and on field
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University men's soccer standout Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia) has been honored for his work in the classroom as well as on the field.
Rutherford was voted to the Academic All-District First Team, as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). The senior was named to the Academic All-District Team for District I, a region covering New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont, in NCAA Division III and he is now eligible for selection to the Academic All-America team, which will be announced in December.
This marks the third straight season of All-District honors for Rutherford, who also went on to earn Academic All-America status last fall. The four-year veteran has maintained a near perfect GPA as a Finance major, while appearing on the President's List during every semester. Rutherford has been the top goal-scorer for the Panthers in each of his four seasons and has also led the team in assists in three of his four years, finishing with the second most as a freshman in 2014.
The 5-11 forward's name is scattered throughout the program's record books, as he appears among the all-time leaders in season assists, career goals, career assists and career points. His 30 career goals are seventh all-time, while his 10 assists this fall equaled the eighth most in a season. He is second in program history with 28 career assists, while his 88 career points are the sixth most in PSU men's soccer history.
"We're very pleased with Nick's selection to the Academic All-District First Team," said head coach Rob Wright. "He is a shining example of the ability to connect classroom performance with excellence on the field."
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.
To see a complete list of the Academic All-District Team honorees, visit www.cosida.com.
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