Boston, Mass. – UMBC red-shirt sophomore goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) is the America East Conference 2014 Fall Scholar-Athlete for the sport of men's soccer, the conference office announced today.
A UMBC men's soccer student-athlete has won the award in three of the past four years as fullback Liam Paddock captured the honor in 2011 and 2012.
Heavner, who maintains a 3.96 GPA in financial economics, was the recipient of both the NCAA Elite 89 & America East Elite 18 Awards for excellence in the classroom during the NCAA College Cup and America East Championship game respectively.
A member of the America East All-Academic team, the goalkeeper ranked eighth nationally in save percentage (84.2%) and sixth in goals against average (0.53). Heavner and his Retriever defense posted an NCAA Tournament record four consecutive shutouts en route to the College Cup.
Heaver is a four-time UMBC Presidential List honoree for having perfect a 4.00 GPA.
The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the six championship sports which America East sponsored in the fall season including men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, field hockey and volleyball. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50. They will automatically be eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced this summer.