Billy Heavner Named First Team Academic All-American

Billy Heavner Named First Team Academic All-American

AUSTIN, Texas - UMBC junior goalkeeper Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) has been selected to the 2015 Academic All-America® Division I Men's Soccer First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).


Heavner becomes the second men's soccer player at UMBC to receive the nation's top academic honor. Fullback Liam Paddock earned the distinction in 2012. The Retriever netminder is the seventh student-athlete in school history to earn first team honors and the 22nd Retriever overall to be cited by CoSIDA since 1977.   


The financial economics major, who is carrying a 3.93 grade-point average, posted an America East-leading eight shutouts in 2015, led the league in save percentage (81.1) and placed second in goals against average (0.86). He is currently ranked 25th nationally in save percentage and 36th in goals against average.


Heavner has recorded 16 career shutouts in just two playing seasons, already fifth-best on UMBC's all-time list. One of three team captains, he repeated as an America East All-Academic Team member this fall, and also earned Second Team All-Conference honors.


Seventeen of the 33 members of the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I men's soccer teams have at least a 3.90 G.P.A., with seven student-athletes sporting a perfect 4.0 G.P.A.  The 11 members of the first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.89.