BALTIMORE---UMBC red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship.
Heavner, majoring in financial economics, currently carries a 4.00 GPA. He was presented with the award during the College Cup Men's Soccer Team Tribute on Thursday evening in Cary, N.C.
The starting Retriever netminder also received the America East inaugural Elite 18 award, which closely replicates the NCAA honor. Heavner has posted a record of 11-1-3 in the goal in 2014 and is ranked third in save percentage (84.7) and fourth in goals against average (0.50) in the latest NCAA statistics. He and the Retriever defense have not allowed a goal in 400 minutes of NCAA Tournament competition.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite-89.