UMBC junior goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Men's Soccer Team, as the organization announced all of its men's and women's regional recipients.
Heavner earned First Team All-District honors for District 2. First-team Academic All-District™ honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
One of UMBC's three team captains in 2015, Heavner has just moved into a tie for fifth place on UMBC's all-time shutouts list with 13 in only 31 career starts. Despite playing behind a totally revamped back four, Heavner is second in the America East Conference with a 0.95 goals against average and has tabbed five shutouts.
He was tabbed co-America East Men's Soccer Player of the Week on Oct. 12 for his efforts versus Albany. Heavner recorded six saves in the Retrievers' hard-earned 1-0 victory over the Great Danes in Saturday's Homecoming Day contest.
One of America East's inaugural Elite 18 Award winners last fall, Heavner set a new season/career mark with seven stops in the Oct. 17 draw versus UNH.
A member of the 2014 America East All-Academic team, Heavner put together a brilliant 2014 campaign. He ranked eighth nationally in save percentage (84.2%) and sixth in goals against average (0.54) in 2014. The mark for goals-against average is a school record, while the wins (11) and shutouts (7) ranked fifth and sixth respectively for a single season at UMBC.
He was selected as the league's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned the NCAA's Elite 89 award as the most outstanding student-athlete at the 2014 Men's Soccer College Cup and earned Division I 2015 Division I Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).