Rutherford earns highest academic honor from United Soccer Coaches
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The recognition continues to pile up for Plymouth State University men's soccer senior Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia), after he was named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Men's Scholar All-America Third Team on Friday.
The United Soccer Coaches, formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the world's largest soccer coaches' association founded in 1941 to provide programs and services that enhance, encourage, and contribute to the development and recognition of soccer coaches, their players, and the sport.
It's been a week of acknowledgement for the Panther captain. Rutherford was voted to the USC Men's Scholar All-East Region First Team and named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Second Team Academic All-American over the past five days.
Rutherford, who has a near perfect GPA as a Finance major after earning PSU President's List status in every semester, plans to attend law school after graduation.
One of the most highly decorated players to ever don a men's soccer jersey, Rutherford has also been selected to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Men's All-New England Region Third Team, the All-Little East Conference First Team and was chosen to compete in the NEISL Senior All-Star game this year.
He finished his career as the top goal scorer for the Panthers in each of his four seasons. This fall he led the team in goals (nine), assists (ten) and points (28), while cementing his place among the program's all-time leaders in each offensive category.
He wraps up a distinguished career with the second most assists in program history (28), while his 30 career goals are seventh best all-time. Additionally, his 88 career points are the sixth-most in men's soccer history.
To be eligible for selection to the USC Scholar All-Region and Scholar All-America teams an athlete must be nominated by his coach, have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, start more than 50 percent of all games and be an elite player as supported by playing honors (i.e. all-conference) and must play for a current United Soccer Coaches College Services member institution. Those meeting the criteria are considered by the committee for one of the Scholar All-America teams. The committee reviews both the academic and athletic accomplishments of the nominees.
Players on this year's Scholar All-America Teams will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom at the All-America Luncheon on Jan. 20, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention.
The complete list of all United Soccer Coaches award winners can be found at the USC website, at https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/.
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