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Florance, Haywood Earn Top UNC Honor

The most recent men's basketball player to receive the award was Antawn Jamison in 1997-98. Florance is the eighth women's soccer recipient.

The Patterson Medal is based mainly on athletic accomplishment, although sportsmanship and leadership also are considered. The selection is made by a committee of athletic officials, faculty members and student representatives. The award was first given by Dr. Joseph Patterson in memory of his brother, John Durand Patterson. It since has been continued by the Patterson family. In recent years, the Patterson family decided to give two awards each year -- one to the school's top male senior athlete and the other to the top female performer.

Florance won the Honda Award as the National Soccer Player of the Year in 2000 when she led the Tar Heels to the NCAA championship. The Dallas native scored five game-winning goals as a senior, including NCAA Tournament wins against Connecticut and Virginia.

Florance's biggest career goal might have been the goal with which she tied the NCAA championship game against UCLA. Florance tied the game at 1-1 with 15 minutes to play and the Tar Heels went on to win, 2-1, for their 17th national title.

"Obviously our coaching staff is excited for Meredith," said UNC women's soccer head coach Anson Dorrance. "We are very proud of Meredith. She had a remarkable senior year when she did everything we dreamed she could do, leading us in scoring and leading an unlikely team to the national championship. We are indebted to her and her legacy for being such an incredible performer through a difficult but joyous season."

Haywood earned second-team All-America honors from The Sporting News as a senior. The Greensboro resident was a second-team All-ACC selection and was a member of the ACC's All-Defensive Team. He holds Carolina career records for blocked shots (304) and field goal percentage (.638). He is the only player in ACC history to hold school records for blocks and field goal percentage.

A three-year starter at center, Haywood was a member of four NCAA Tournament teams and led the Tar Heels to the 2000 Final Four in Indianapolis. Haywood led the eighth-seeded Tar Heels to wins against Missouri, Stanford, Tennessee and Tulsa en route to the NCAA South Region title.

As a senior, Haywood recorded the first triple-double in UNC history when he had 18 points, 14 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocked shots against Miami (Fla.). He also scored the game-winning basket in a 71-70 win over fourth-ranked Wake Forest and hit the game-winning free throws with 1.2 seconds to play in the 85-83 win at second-ranked Duke. He averaged 12.3 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior and finished his career by averaging 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

"Brendan had a record-setting playing career on both ends of the court, but more important, he earned his degree and was an outstanding leader," said UNC men's basketball head coach Matt Doherty. "He was our best defensive player and the primary reason we were able to hold the opponents to such a low shooting percentage. I'm glad I had the opportunity to coach him and look forward to watching his progress in the NBA."

Florance and Haywood earned their undergraduate degrees from UNC and have gone on to professional careers for the Carolina Courage and Washington Wizards, respectively.

Peppers, Durant Honored

North Carolina football players Julius Peppers and Darian Durant have been named ACC Players of the Week after their performances in UNC's 38-3 win at Clemson on Saturday.

Peppers, who had an interception and a sack, was named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the second time this season. He also was honored following UNC's 41-9 win against Florida State.

Peppers, who has three interceptions this season, leads the Tar Heels in INTs and has more interceptions than any other defensive lineman in the country.

Durant, who was a perfect 11 of 11 and accounted for three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) was named the ACC Co-Rookie of the Week. Durant has won Rookie of the Week honors in four of the last five weeks.

UNC has this weekend off and will not play again until Nov. 1 at Georgia Tech.

Kniepper Earns ACC Award

Maryland midfielder Scott Buete and North Carolina forward Ryan Kneipper earned this week's ACC Men's Soccer Player of the Week honor after leading their respective teams to a 2-0 record last week.

Kneipper, a junior from Dallas, scored four goals and one assist for nine points as the Tar Heels defeated Charlotte 3-0 and N.C. State 4-0. Against Charlotte, Kneipper scored all three goals for six points while contributing one goal and one assist against the Wolfpack.

Men's Tennis Wins 2 Titles

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sophomore Andy Metzler won the B Flight Singles title and North Carolina's top two doubles teams shared the A Flight Doubles Championship as play concluded Sunday afternoon at the USC Fall Invitational.

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Metzler defeated UNC-Greensboro's Paul Goode 6-3, 6-1. Metzler improved his singles record to 5-1 this fall. Junior Trystan Meniane and freshman Daniel Pinchbeck upset the tournament's No. 1 seeds, Tony Mule and Mario Torres of UNC-Greensboro, in the semifinals. Sophomore Nicholas Monroe and freshman Geoff Boyd defeated Charlotte's John McGovern and Ola Jonsson in the other semifinal match. The two Tar Heel tandems were declared A Flight co-champions.

UNC hosts the prestigious Top of the Hill/ITA Region II Championships this week at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Qualifying for the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, with play continuing all day through Sunday.