Liberty Lady Flames senior captain Sarah Gipe is one of 38 seniors from across the country selected to play in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Senior Game.
The event will take place on Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m. between the national semifinals and NCAA Championship game at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Gipe is the lone Lady Flame as well as the only student-athlete from an independent school to garner the recognition.
The senior forward currently is tied for third on the team in goals with eight and ranks fifth on the squad in points with 19. The Greencastle, Pa., native is one of 10 seniors on the squad, the largest senior class in program history.
Gipe has helped guide the Lady Flames to two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory over Richmond, 3-1, in the NCAA Play-In game on Nov. 12, 2014 in Lynchburg, Va. Last season, Gipe led the team in goals scored with 19, tying Natalie Barr for the most goals scored in a single season in program history. Gipe finished the season with 45 points which ranks the second most in program history and five points shy of passing Barr's mark of 49 points set in 2013.
Gipe was named the 2012 Maria Whitehead Rookie of the Year for the NorPac Conference. In 2014, Gipe garnered a spot on the NorPac All-Conference Team, NorPac All-Tournament Team, VaSID All-State first team, NFHCA South All-Region second team and was named the NorPac Tournament MVP.
To go along with the success on the field, Gipe has also been named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad three consecutive years (2012-13-14).
Gipe currently ranks second in program history in goals (47), points (106), game-winning goals (9) and seventh in assists with 12.
The selection marks just the second time in program history that a Lady Flame has been selected to compete in the Senior Game. Former captain Helen Doolittle garnered the recognition in 2014.
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