G-AHS alum Gipe burns record book for college field hockey Flames

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Former Greencastle-Antrim student-athlete Sarah Gipe has set records this season with the Liberty University field hockey program, which advanced to the NCAA Division Championships.

Greencastle-Antrim alumnus Sarah Gipe has had quite a junior year with the Liberty University field hockey team, including setting new personal and program records and a spot on the national statistic list.

The Lady Flames advanced to the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships fueled by 19 goals from the Greencastle product. The performance was not only Gipe’s personal best for a season, but also tied the school record in that category.

Liberty’s season did come to an end over the weekend as top-ranked North Carolina edged the Flames 2-1 in the first round of the event. The Lady Flames had defeated Richmond on Wednesday, 3-1, in the NCAA Field Hockey Championship Play-In game. Liberty had garnered the berth into the NCAA Tournament following its 1-0 upset over then No. 4 Stanford in the NorPac Championship. Liberty had entered that contest as the newly ranked No. 20 team in the nation, according to the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, a feat that the Lady Flames had never accomplished before. The Lady Flames rode a four-game winning streak and the new recognition into the NCAA play-in game. Liberty finished the season 14-8 and as the two-time defending NorPac champions.

Gipe led the Flames in goals for the season and was top in a number of other offensive categories, including points (45), shots (58), shots on goal (42) and games winning goals (3). She was third in assists with 7.

Going into the NCAA tourney Gipe was tied for eighth in the nation in goals per game with 0.90.