SAINT LEO, Fla. – Fresh off of an Academic All-First Region Team selection, Saint Leo midfielder Bruce Cutler was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Scholar All-America Second Team, it was announced Saturday.
Cutler continues to be noticed as one of the top student-athletes in the country, accumulating a 3.98 grade-point-average on top of a stellar junior playing campaign. He has totaled four post-season awards, including three academic honors. Those accolades consist of CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team member, NSCAA Scholar All-South Region, as well as an NSCAA All-South Region Second Team nod.
Cutler's 3.98 grade-point-average was the highest GPA of any Division II Academic All-America selection and only one other All-America was higher, Simon Ejdemyr of Division I New Mexico (4.00).
To go along with his outstanding effort in the classroom, the mathematics major finished the year as the second leading scorer for the Lions with a career-high 14 points, including a career-best five goals. In addition to playing in 14 of the Lions’ 15 contests, the Inverurie, Scotland native totaled one game-winning tally and was a perfect 3-for-3 from the penalty kick area; keeping his lifetime penalty kick conversion percentage at a perfect 1.000 (9-for-9).
Cutler is one of only two Sunshine State Conference competitors to be named to either the first or second team; the other being Jon Gruenewold from Rollins.
To be nominated for consideration, student-athletes must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout their career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member; be a junior or above in academic standing at the current institution and either be in their second year at the current school if a transfer student.
The NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-America selections will be recognized at the annual All-America Luncheon, held in Philadelphia, Pa., on Jan. 16 as part of the 2010 NSCAA Convention.