BOSTON – UMBC junior goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa.) was tabbed co-America East Men's Soccer Player of the Week, the league announced today.
Heavner tied a career high with six saves in the Retrievers' hard-earned 1-0 victory over Albany in Saturday's Homecoming Day contest.
UMBC played with 10 men for the final 47 minutes and Albany managed to crank off 10 of 14 shots in the second half. Heavner made a pair of diving stops, one in each half, was perfectly positioned for the other four shots on goal and cut off a handful of dangerous Great Dane services. His six saves equaled his total recorded in a 2-1 win over U Mass Lowell in 2014.
Heavner posted the fourth shutout of the season and the 12th in his 26 career starts. He tied his coach of a year ago, Dan Louisignau, for seventh place on UMBC's all-time shutouts list.
One of America East's inaugural Elite 18 Award winners last fall, Heavner leads the conference with a 0.76 goals against average and is second with a save percentage mark of 77.8.
Vermont's Bernard Yeboah, who tallied a goal and an assist in the Catamounts' victory at Hartford, shared the award with Heavner.
The Retrievers have a pair of tough tests this week, traveling to Burlington for a Wednesday afternoon date at Vermont, before returning home for a date with league-leading UNH on Saturday evening.