YOU WEAR NO. 78. FOR A REASON?
There really isn’t. I was 77 in high school, then 78 was one of my club jerseys. My club team kept re-issuing shirts and my number changed every time. I was 32, then I was 2, then 82 and then I ended up with 78 and I just liked it. I thought 77, the double seven, was cool, but once I got to Lehigh, the coach asked me what number I wanted, and I picked 78. I ended my club career with it, so I figured I’d wear it with me to college. .
YOUR NAME IS MADAROO?
It’s not really like everyone calls me that, it’s more of an endearment term that my mom started using when I was younger. I don’t know how she found it, but she’s called me that since I was little. If you’re ever at my games and I make a stop, she’ll shout it out and she’s caught the attention of some high school parents. When she couldn’t play, then they said so. And some of the games she couldn’t make in the spring [2021 season], she made college moms scream from the bleachers too. But it’s not a nickname that comes from something cool. It’s just my mother changing my name as a sign of affection for me.
DO YOUR TEAMMATES HAVE A NICKNAME FOR YOU?
Not really. When I came to Lehigh, there were four Maddies on the team, so the upper classes called me “Kahn.” But since they graduated or left, I’m just Maddie to everyone.
WHAT’S A FUN FACT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I’m left handed. … I’ve also sailed competitively, which is fun. Few people manage to do that. I had a beach house, which is now my family’s current home in Ocean City, New Jersey. I moved there my second year, but I sailed more in college. We used to go to regattas, and I had my own little opti sailboat. I was ok, but I like to do it quietly more and just go out in the bay and float there.
YOU HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM THE FIH WOMEN’S WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA. HOW WAS THIS 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 against the Netherlands [the eventual champions] for the second half. It’s a crazy team, so much talent in this team. I hope I will have more opportunities to do so. The American team is great. I’ve known a lot of girls for a while now. and just spending so much time with them in such a different environment is a really cool experience for sure. … And just to say I’ve been to South Africa, I’ve been to Africa, that’s crazy. And being able to interact with other teams during the tournament is also very cool.