BOSTON – Five student-athletes who graduated in December have been named America East Presidential Scholar-Athletes for their outstanding academic achievements throughout their collegiate careers. Three of the five are Retrievers – swimmer Carly Deeter (Langhorne, Pa.), cross country and track and field's Patrick Duboyce (New Market, Md./Linganore) and soccer goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa.)– and they joined University at Albany's Taylor Schwoyer, and New Hampshire's Chris Wingate were all recognized with the award.
First bestowed to America East student-athletes in June of 2014, the Presidential Scholar-Athlete award recognizes graduating student-athletes who compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher as an undergraduate student.
In addition to registering a 3.75 GPA for their college career, honored student-athletes must have received their undergraduate degree in the academic year they are honored and have attended their institution for a minimum of two years. The UMBC trio will take part in commencement ceremonies at the RAC Arena on Dec. 22.
Deeter earned four letters for Chad Cradock's program and was an integral part of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 America East title squads. She earned her degree in psychology with a 3.78 grade-point average.
Duboyce debuted in cross country in the fall of 2013 and was part of the squad which won the America East title of the first time since 2005. He also competed in distance events during the 2014-2016 campaigns. Duboyce earned his degree in political science, with a minor in history and recorded a 3.90 gpa.
Heavner produced a stellar career in the nets for UMBC men's soccer, highlighted by receiving the NCAA's Elite 89 award in the 2014 College Cup. The financial economics major posted a 3.78 grade-point average.
In total, 151 elite student-athletes have been honored as part of the program.