CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Kara Cannizzaro, who led the University of North Carolina to the school's first NCAA championship in women's lacrosse, and All-America offensive guard Jonathan Cooper are the winners of the 2013 Patterson Medals, the most prestigious athletic department award presented at UNC.
Cannizzaro (pronounced KIN-uh-CZAR-oh), won the Honda Award for women's lacrosse and was the Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 NCAA Tournament after leading the Tar Heels to a triple overtime victory in the national title game against top-ranked Maryland. She had four goals in the national semifinals and four goals and two assists in the title game.
"Kara's leadership and belief in herself and others echoed through the team huddles, willing us to keep fighting and believe we were going to win the national championship if it took all night," says Carolina's head coach Jenny Levy.
The senior midfielder from Cazenovia, N.Y., scored 157 goals and added 46 assists for 203 points in 81 collegiate games. As a senior, she established personal bests with 61 goals and 22 assists for a UNC single-season record 83 points.
Cannizzaro led the Tar Heels to the final four three times, helped UNC win 65 of 81 games and finish third, third, fifth and first in the national rankings in her four seasons. A two-time All-ACC selection, Cannizzaro also was the team's Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Award recipient as a senior.
"Kara worked relentlessly on her stick work, finishing skills and fitness," says Levy. "Her performance this year was one of the most impressive I have seen. She was instrumental in practice and games, leading our team and helping develop what would become our margin of victory - a tough and relentless mentality. She fostered a fun and welcoming atmosphere that helped all players realize their full potential and our team develop an unwavering belief in itself."
Cooper, a senior guard from Wilmington, N.C., started a Tar Heel record 48 games. As a senior, he led Carolina to an 8-4 record and a tie for first place in the ACC Coastal Division. He was a consensus first-team All-America in 2012, earning first-team honors from Walter Camp, FWAA, AFCA, AP, ESPN.com, SI, Phil Steele, NBC.com and CBSsports.com. Cooper earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2012 and second-team all-league accolades in 2010 and 2011.
He had 10 or more knockdown blocks in nine different games last year en route to winning the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is presented to the best offensive lineman in the ACC. He was Carolina's first Jacobs recipient in 25 years.
Cooper was an Outland Trophy finalist as the nation's top interior lineman and a finalist for the Lombardi Award. He anchored an offensive line that helped Carolina set single-season scoring, passing yardage and total offense school records.
The Arizona Cardinals selected Cooper with the seventh pick in the first round in the 2013 NFL Draft. He earned an ACC Postgraduate Honorary Scholarship and won UNC's Jim Tatum Award, which is presented to the athlete who performed with distinction in his or her sport and contributed to the University through constructive participation in co-curricular activities.
"Jonathan Cooper exemplifies everything it means to be a student-athlete," says head coach Larry Fedora. "Not only was he a consensus first-team All-America and the No. 7 pick in the NFL Draft, but he also earned academic All-ACC honors and a postgraduate scholarship. He is the most athletic offensive guard I've ever coached. I told our coaches to enjoy watching him play, because we probably won't see another player like him. He was an exceptional leader in the classroom and participated in all of our community service events. Jonathan has a bright future and he will always be a great representative of the University of North Carolina."
The Patterson Medal is based primarily on career athletic accomplishment. Sportsmanship and leadership are also considered. The award was first given in 1924 by Dr. Joseph Patterson in memory of his brother, John Durand Patterson. The Patterson family continues to present the award.
Cannizzaro and Cooper will receive their Patterson Medals at ceremonies on dates to be determined during the 2013-14 school year.
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)
2013- Kara Cannizzaro (women's lacosse); Jonathan Cooper (football)