Rutherford honored by CoSIDA for second straight year
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University men's soccer senior Nick Rutherford (Sydney, Australia) has received the highest academic honor for intercollegiate student-athletes for his accomplishments in the classroom and on the soccer pitch.
Rutherford has been voted to the Academic All-America® Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Rutherford was named to the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Second Team after maintaining a near-perfect GPA as a Finance major.
The 5-11 forward was one of just ten repeat honorees nationally, and one of three from New England, after earning First Team accolades last fall. He is the third soccer player in school history to become a two-time Academic All-American, joining Paul Andrew (1995, 1996) and Felix Lindeberg (2015, 2016).
Rutherford, who has earned 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 selected 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 the Academic All-America® program, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and must 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 Men's Soccer Team can be found at the CoSIDA Academic All-American website at http://academicallamerica.com/index.aspx.
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