PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Plymouth State University senior forward Nick Rutherford has been named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® Men's Soccer Team in recognition of his success both on the field and in the classroom. The Sydney, Australia native was named a second-team selection after earning first-team honors as a junior.
This marks the 26th CoSIDA Academic All-America selection for a Little East Conference (LEC) student-athlete, which has now seen the honor bestowed on a men's soccer player six times, each hailing from Plymouth State. Rutherford is just the third two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in LEC history.
The finance major finished second in the league in scoring with nine goals and a league-best 10 assists for 28 points. Following the season, Rutherford was named a first-team LEC all-conference selection for the first time and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District® honors for the third consecutive year. He was named a second-team all-LEC pick each of the previous two seasons.
To be eligible for CoSIDA's 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.
To see a complete history of the Academic All-America program, visit www.cosidaacademicaa.com.