CHAPEL HILL, N.C.
–Crystal Dunn, the first player to win ACC women's soccer player of the year awards for both offense and defense, and record-setting football tight end Eric Ebron are the recipients of the 2013-14 Patterson Medals, the top awards for career athletic achievement awarded at the University of North Carolina.
Dunn, a midfielder/defender from Rockville Centre, N.Y., was a three-time first-team All-America and earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in each of her four seasons. She totaled 31 goals and 25 assists for 87 points in 80 games, including five goals in the 2012 NCAA Tournament that the Tar Heels won. In leading UNC to the national championship, Dunn won the Hermann Trophy and Honda Award, was also named the country's best player by Soccer America and Soccer News and won the Mary Garber Award as the ACC's top female athlete in any sport.
Dunn is the only player in ACC history to win Defensive Player of the Year honors twice (2010 and 2012) and added the Offensive Player of the Year award in 2013 when she had 14 goals and six assists. No other ACC player has ever won both awards.
A starter on defense for the United States National Team, Dunn was a member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 World Cup. She was the first pick in the 2014 National Women's Soccer League Draft by the Washington Spirit.
"I'm incredibly proud of Crystal," says Carolina women's soccer head coach Anson Dorrance. "She climbed to the top of the collegiate game by being the top defensive player in the ACC as just a freshman. She went on to win it again as a junior and then was the offensive player of the year in the best league in the country in her senior year. Her versatility both for us and for the youth national teams she played on made her a standout. Like our previous Patterson Medal winners, she earned her way on to the full national team as an undergraduate, which is remarkable in itself and rare for a collegian."
Ebron played three seasons for UNC before declaring for the NFL Draft, where the Detroit Lions chose him with the 10th pick in the first round. The Greensboro, N.C., native was a first-team All-America in 2013 (ESPN.com) and consensus second-team All-America (Associated Press, USA Today, Walter Camp, FWAA, Athlon, SI.com and CBSSports.com). He earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2013 and was a second-team selection as a sophomore.
He holds UNC career records for tight ends with 112 catches and 1,805 yards. In 2013, he set single-season school records for a tight end with 62 catches for 973 yards. The yardage is an ACC single-season record for the position.
His 79-yard reception against Duke last year is the longest catch by any Tar Heel in Kenan Stadium history. He hauled in a career-best nine passes in 2013 road win over NC State and made eight catches for 199 yards and a touchdown in a memorable Thursday night game vs. Miami. The 199 yards are the most ever by a UNC tight end in a game.
Ebron had eight touchdown catches as a Tar Heel and averaged 16.1 yards per reception. In 2012, he compiled 625 receiving yards, which broke the school record for tight ends that had been established in 1979.
"Eric is a uniquely talented individual with an infectious personality and I enjoyed coaching him," says Tar Heel head football coach Larry Fedora. "He thrived in our offense, setting school and conference records, and was a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. I've seen Eric mature both on and off the field and he has a promising future in the professional ranks. The football program is proud to recognize Eric as a Patterson Medal winner."
The Patterson Medal is based primarily on athletic accomplishment. 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 Dunn and Ebron at ceremonies in the upcoming school year.
Ebron is the 35th football player to win the Patterson Medal and the third in the last four years. Dunn is the 14th women's soccer player to receive the award in the last 25 years.
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 lacrosse), Jonathan Cooper (football)
2014— Crystal Dunn (women's soccer), Eric Ebron (football)