PROFILE: Maddie Kahn ’23, Lehigh Field Hockey

YOU WEAR NO. 78. ANY REASON?

There really isn’t. I was 77 in high school and then 78 was one of my club jerseys. My club team kept issuing jerseys and my number would change every single time. I was 32, then I was 2, then 82 and then I ended with 78 and just kind of liked it. I thought 77, the double sevens, was cool, but once I got to Lehigh, coach asked what number I wanted, and I picked 78. I ended my club career with it so I just figured I’d carry it with me into college .

YOUR NICKNAME IS MADAROO?

It’s not really like everyone calls me that, it’s more an endearment term my mom started using when I was younger. I don’t know how she came up with it, but she’s called me that ever since I was little. If you’re ever at my games and I’m making a save, she’ll scream it and she got some of the high school parents to catch on. When she couldn’t make a game, then she would say it. And some of the games that she couldn’t make in the spring [2021 season], she had the college moms so yell it from the stands. But it’s not a nickname that’s coined from anything cool. It’s just my mom changing around my name as a term of endearment for me.

DO YOUR TEAMMATES HAVE A NICKNAME FOR YOU?

No, not really. When I first came to Lehigh there were four Maddies on the team so the upperclassmen called me ‘Kahn.’ But since they graduated or left, I’m just Maddie to everyone.

WHAT’S ONE FUN FACT MOST PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I’m left-handed. … I also sailed competitively, which is fun. Not many people get to do that. I had a beach house, which is now my family’s current house in Ocean City, New Jersey. I moved there my sophomore year, but I sailed more in middle school. We’d go to regattas, and I had my own little opti sailboat. I was okay at it, but I more like to do it leisurely and just kind of go out in the bay and float around out there.

YOU JUST GOT BACK FROM THE FIH WOMEN’S JUNIOR WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA. HOW WAS THAT EXPERIENCE?

It was awesome. It was my first opportunity to play internationally. I went to Germany with the U19s, and before our first game, I ended up tearing my meniscus. In South Africa, they put me in the first game versus Netherlands [the eventual champions] for the second half. They’re an insane team, so much talent on that team. Hopefully I’ll have more opportunities to do that. The US team is great. I’ve known a lot of the girls for a while now. and just getting to spend that much time with them in such a different environment is a really cool experience for sure. … And just getting to say that I’ve been to South Africa, that I’ve been to Africa, is crazy. And getting to interact with other teams at the tournament is really cool as well.

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