Billy Heavner Named 2015 ECAC DI Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year

Billy Heavner Named 2015 ECAC DI Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year

Danbury, Conn. – UMBC junior goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) has been named 2015 Division I Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), it was announced on August 31.  


The league's annual awards will be be presented at the Honors Luncheon as part of the 2015 ECAC Convention, Conference and Trade Show held Sept. 27-29 at the Matrix Conference & Banquet Center in Danbury, Conn.


Heavner will be amongst the 33 student-athletes, administrators, institutions and officials to be feted at the Honors Luncheon to be held on Monday, Sept. 28. The mission of the ECAC Awards Program is to recognize the accomplishments of the Conference's esteemed student-athletes, administrators and others who have represented the ECAC with distinction.


A former UMBC soccer standout, Liam Paddock ('12), won the same award just three years ago.

Heavner produced a tremendous season off and on the pitch last fall. He was presented the inaugural America East Elite 18 Award, recognizing the student-athlete in the championship match for his high academic and athletic achievements. The red-shirt sophomore subsequently earned the NCAA Elite 89 Award as the top student-athlete at the College Cup. To cap the year, he was selected to the America East All-Academic Team and was named the conference's Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete.   


On the field, Heavner posted the lowest goals against average (0.54) in school history for goalkeepers that played at least 1,000 minutes. His 11 victories are tied for the fifth-most in a single season and the eight shutouts is now knotted for sixth in school history. He finished sixth in the nation in goals against average and eighth in save percentage (84.2).


Heavner dropped only two of 16 decisions (11-2-3) and recorded 400 minutes of scoreless soccer in first four rounds of NCAA Tournament.


He has been named as one of three UMBC team captains this season and posted his ninth shutout in 18 career starts in a 5-0 victory over Central Arkansas on August 30.


Comprising more than 33 percent of the NCAA membership, the ECAC plays an integral role in national collegiate athletics policy and legislation. Over 300 members, across all divisions comprise the ECAC, which provides championships, officiating, awards, leagues and affiliates.