Three UNC Athletes Honored with Patterson Medals

Three UNC student-athletes have been honored with the Patterson Medal, the most prestigious athletic award given by the university.

Kristen Brown. Photo via UNC.

Kristen Brown. Photo via UNC.

The honorees are Kristen Brown, Marcus Paige and Emily Wold, the university announced on Thursday.

Brown is the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-time softball home run leader and is the first softball player to win a Patterson Medal since the award was established in 1924.

Paige – the all-time leader in three-point field goals at UNC – is the 28th men’s basketball player to receive the award and fifth in the last 25 years, following Antawn Jamison in 1998, Brendan Haywood in 2001, Tyler Hansbrough in 2009 and Tyler Zeller in 2012.

Wold is a midfielder for the field hockey team and is a three-time first-team All-American. Wold joins three prior recipients – Cindy Werley in 1998, Rachel Dawson in 2008 and Katelyn Falgowski in 2012 – from the field hockey program.

The Patterson Medal is based primarily on career athletic accomplishments, according to the university.

Emily Wold. Photo via UNC.

Emily Wold. Photo via UNC.

The recipients must have played at least three seasons for the Tar Heels. Sportsmanship and leadership are also considered. Dr. Joseph Patterson first presented the medal in 1924 to honor the memory of his brother, John Durand Patterson.

The Patterson family will help present the medals to Brown, Paige and Wold at ceremonies during the 2016-17 school year.

Lacrosse, Football Stars Earn 2013 Patterson Medal

CHAPEL HILL- Two Tar Heel athletes recently became recipients of the most prestigious athletic award that UNC presents.

Kara Cannizzarro of this year’s national championship women’s lacrosse team and Jonathan Cooper of the football team were announced Friday as winners of the Patterson Medal. The award has been presented annually since 1924 in memory of John Durand Patterson of the UNC class of 1908. It’s given to Tar Heel athletes who demonstrate outstanding accomplishment on the field along with sportsmanship and leadership qualities.

The senior midfielder Cannizzaro earned MVP honors at this year’s NCAA Tournament, where she scored four goals and two assists in the triple-overtime title game against top-ranked Maryland. During her time in the Tar Heel uniform, she scored 157 goals and 46 assists, including 61 goals and 22 assists in her senior year alone.

Meanwhile, Cooper, a senior offensive guard, tallied 10 or more knockdown blocks in nine different games in 2012. This isn’t his first recent recognition; he earned first-team All-America honors last season and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is given to the ACC’s top offensive lineman. Cooper was also a finalist last season for the Outland Trophy, which is presented each year to the best interior lineman in the nation.

Next season, Cooper will play for the Arizona Cardinals after going as the seventh pick in the first round of this year’s NFL draft.

Cooper and Cannizzarro will formally receive their medals during next school year on dates still to be determined.