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Patterson Medal winners Katelyn Falgowski and Tyler Zeller
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Falgowski, Zeller Win Patterson Medals
Release: 09/05/2012
CHAPEL HILL - Field hockey National Player of the Year Katelyn Falgowksi and men's basketball All-America and Academic All-America of the Year Tyler Zeller are the recipients of the 2012 Patterson Medals, the most prestigious awards presented to student-athletes at the University of North Carolina.

Falgowksi led the Tar Heels to national championships in 2007 and 2009 and a second place finish as a senior in 2011, earning Player of the Year honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. The Landenberg, Pa., native played in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics andearned world all-star honors in 2011. She had 20 goals and a school-record 63 assists as a Tar Heel. A two-time first-team All-America, she earned All-America honors and All-ACC in all four seasons. Falgowski was the MVP of the 2011 ACC Tournament and the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2007.

 "Winning the Patterson Medal speaks to way Katelyn represented UNC academically and athletically," says field hockey head coach Karen Shelton. "She performed at a consistently high level for both Carolina and the U.S. National Team, earned Dean's List honors, won the Leader of Distinction Award from the Leadership Academy three times, and fought back from two major injuries. She's truly one of the most outstanding student-athletes I've ever had the privilege to coach."

Zeller became the first Tar Heel and second player in league history to win ACC Player of the Year honors and Academic All-America of the Year for men's basketball in the same season. The Washington, Ind., native earned first-team All-America honors from the JohnWooden Team and was a consensus second-team All-America pick in 2012. He was a member of the 2009 NCAA championship team and played on three teams that won ACC regular-season titles. He won the Skip Prosser Award as the ACC's top scholar-athlete in 2011 and 2012 and became the first UNC men's basketball player to earn first-team Academic All-America honors in multiple seasons. Zeller set a UNC record for rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game in 2012 when he had 22 against Ohio in the Sweet 16.

 "Tyler has succeeded at a high level both academically and as a basketball player, but he is an even finer young man," says men's basketball head coach Roy Williams. "He overcame injuries in his first two seasons to become an All-America and ACC Player of the Year as a senior and was one of the top players in the country his last two seasons. He's going to have an outstanding basketball career and then will be a success in whatever he chooses to do after his playing days have ended."

The Patterson Medal is based primarily on career athletic accomplishment at the University of North Carolina. Sportsmanship and leadership are also considered. The award was first given in 1924 by Dr. Joseph Patterson in memory of his brother, John DurandPatterson. The Patterson family continues to present the award.

Patterson Medal Winners

1924- Monk McDonald (football, basketball, baseball)

1925- M.D. Bonner (football)

1926- Jack Cobb (basketball)

1927- Ad Warren (football, boxing, wrestling)

1928- Galen Elliott (track)

1929- Henry Satterfield (basketball)

1930- Ray Farris Sr. (football, boxing, baseball)

1931- Henry House (football, baseball)

1932- Staton McIver (football)

1933- Stuart Chandler (football)

1934- Virgil Weathers (basketball)

1935- Harry Williamson (track)

1936- Harry Montgomery (football)

1937- R.D. Buck (football)

1938- Andy Bershak (football, basketball)

1939- George Nethercutt (baseball)

1940- George Stirnweiss (football, baseball)

1941- Paul Severin (football, basketball)

1942- Bobby Gersten (basketball, baseball)

1943- Carlyle Thomas Mangum (track)

1944- Denny Hammond (swimming)

1945- E.B. Schulz (track)

1946- Jim Jordan (basketball)

1947- Walt Pupa (football)

1948- Jim Camp (football

1949- Vic Seixas (tennis)

1950- Charlie Justice (football)

1951- Jimmy Thomas (swimming)

1952- Cecil Milton (swimming and men's tennis)

1953- Chalmers Port (baseball, football)

1954- Miles Gregory (football, wrestling)

1955- Albert Long Jr. (track, football, basketball, baseball)

1956- Jerry Vayda (basketball)

1957- Lennie Rosenbluth (basketball)

1958- Buddy Payne (football)

1959- Dave Scurlock (track)

1960- Jack Cummings (football)

1961- Rip Hawkins (football)

1962- Ray Farris Jr. (football)

1963- Joe Craver (football)

1964- Bill Haywood (baseball, soccer)

1965- Harrison Merrill (swimming)

1966- John Shaw (baseball)

1967- Danny Talbott (football, baseball)

1968- Larry Miller (basketball)

1969- Bill Bunting (basketball)

1970- Charlie Scott (basketball)

1971- Don McCauley (football)

1972- Dennis Wuycik (basketball)

1973- George Karl (basketball)

1974- Tony Waldrop (track)

1975- Charles Waddell (football, track, basketball)

1976- Mitch Kupchak (men's basketball)

1977- Walter Davis (men's basketball)

1978- Phil Ford (men's basketball)

1979- Greg Norris (baseball)

1980- Bonny Brown (women's swimming)

1981- Lawrence Taylor (football); Al Wood (men's basketball)

1982- C.D. Mock (wrestling)

1983- David Drechsler (football)

1984- Sue Walsh (women's swimming)

1985- Ethan Horton (football)

1986- Brad Daugherty (men's basketball)

1987- Kenny Smith (men's basketball)

1988- Rob Koll (wrestling)

1989- Jeff Lebo (men's basketball)

1990- Shannon Higgins (women's soccer)

1991- Sharon Couch (women's track and field)

1992- Dwight Hollier (football)

1993- Kristine Lilly (women's soccer)

1994- Mia Hamm (women's soccer)

1995- Tisha Venturini (women's soccer)

1996- Marcus Jones (football)

1997- Debbie Keller (women's soccer)

1998- Antawn Jamison (men's basketball); Cindy Werley (field hockey)

1999- Ebenezer Ekuban (football); Cindy Parlow (women's soccer)

2000- Lorrie Fair (women's soccer); Tripp Phillips (men's tennis)

2001- Meredith Florance (women's soccer); Brendan Haywood (men's basketball)

2002- Katie Hathaway (women's swimming); Danny Jackson (men's soccer)

2003- Matt Crawford (men's soccer); Laura Greene (volleyball)

2004-Shalane Flanagan (women's track and field and cross country); Nicholas Monroe (men's tennis); Catherine Reddick (women's soccer)

2005- Jed Prossner (men's lacrosse); Alice Schmidt (women's track and field and cross country)

2006-Laura Gerraughty (women's track and field); Andrew Miller (baseball)

2007-Ivory Latta (women's basketball); Heather O'Reilly (women's soccer); Robert Woodard (baseball)

2008-Rachel Dawson (field hockey); Chad Flack (baseball)

2009-Dustin Ackley (baseball); Yael Averbuch (women's soccer); Tyler Hansbrough (men's basketball)

2010-Whitney Engen (women's soccer); Casey Nogueira (women's soccer); Chip Peterson (men's swimming)

2011-Corey Donohoe (women's lacrosse); Mateo Sossah (track and field); T.J. Yates (football)

2012 -Katelyn Falgowksi (field hockey); Tyler Zeller (men's basketball)
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