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Liberty Travels to Radford on Sunday for NorPac Opener

September 14, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Sarah Gipe leads Liberty with three goals this season.

The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team takes to the road to begin the NorPac conference portion of their schedule on Sunday against the Radford Highlanders. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. 

How to Follow the Lady Flames
Live stats for Sunday's contest will be available on LibertyFlames.com by clicking the live stats link on the field hockey schedule/results page.

Series Against Radford
This Sunday's game will mark the second meeting between the Lady Flames and Radford. Liberty dropped a 3-1 decision in Lynchburg against the Highlanders in the Lady Flames' inaugural game last season.

A Look at the Lady Flames
The Lady Flames dropped a hard fought, 5-4, contest at home against the Penn Quakers last Saturday. With the loss, Liberty's record dropped to 2-3 on the season.

Liberty fell behind 4-1 early in the second half before mounting a comeback. A pair of goals by freshman Natalie Barr trimmed the Quakers' lead to one at 4-3. Penn's Julie Tahan answered with her fourth goal of the season to push the lead back to two. Liberty again climbed to within a goal at 5-4 as Sarah Gipe redirected an Erin Bartley pass into the cage, but that is the closest the Lady Flames would get. For the game, Liberty owned the advantage in shots, 18-15, and penalty corners, 10-5.

For her two-goal performance against the Quakers, Barr was honored as the NorPac Eastern Division Co-Rookie of the Week.

Gipe leads Liberty with three goals this season, while Barr, Abbey Basom and Megan Johnson each have two. Barr paces the Lady Flames with 14 shots, while Basom, Helen Doolittle and Gipe have 12, 10 and nine respectively. In goal, Brooke Morley has notched 33 saves and posted one shutout.

A Look at Radford
Radford enters Sunday's contest winless on the season with a record of 0-5. The Highlanders dropped two games last weekend, falling 4-0 to the Tribe of William & Mary and 5-1 to the Old Dominion Monarchs. 

In the contest with the Tribe, Radford was shut out for the third time this season. William & Mary jumped out to a three goal advantage at the half and tacked on one more in the second frame to come away with the 4-0 victory. The Tribe recorded 28 shots to Radford's three and 14 penalty corners to the Highlanders' one. Radford goalie Sidney Encarnacion blocked 13 shots in the contest.

Two days later, five players tallied goals for Old Dominion as they topped Radford by a final of 5-1. Paige Doughty scored the lone goal for the Highlanders. The Monarchs outshot Radford 38-4 and earned 16 penalty corners to the Highlanders' one. Encarnacion notched 17 saves for Radford.

Doughty and Stacey Mackintosh each have a goal on the season for the Highlanders. Mackintosh also paces the team with six shots, while three other players have three shots each. Encarnacion has surrendered 20 goals, while saving 54 shots.

Looking Ahead
Liberty returns to action with a mid-week tilt at Longwood on Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m.