Ocean City High School field hockey goaltender Maddie Kahn has faced some of the strongest teams in the state the past two years. The junior should be ready when she joins the Lehigh University field hockey team in 2019.
Kahn committed to Lehigh, a Division I school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and will receive a full-tuition athletic scholarship.
“I’m really stoked about it,” said Kahn, a 16-year-old Ocean City resident who was a first-team Press All-Star this fall. “I’m really excited that I’ll be playing at such a high level. Their coaching staff was really good. They saw me in a club tournament (playing for the WC Eagles, based in Springfield, Pennsylvania), and they invited me to visit. I visited and I liked the team and the coaches. I went to classes with one girl who played on their defense.”
Kahn said her reasons for choosing Lehigh were both academic and athletic. She is still undecided on her major.
“Once college is over, field hockey ends, so academics is important,” Kahn said. “I’ll finish with an awesome degree.”
She also liked the area. “The area was really pretty, with a lot of hills,” Kahn said. “The athletic complex was very nice.”
Kahn also visited St. Joseph’s, Northwestern, Richmond and Penn.
At Ocean City, Kahn started as a sophomore on a powerful team of veterans, and Ocean City went 22-4 and won the state Group III title. This year, she played on a young team with nine new starters, and O.C. went 14-8 and lost to Clearview Regional 1-0 in the South Jersey Group III final.
O.C.’s other out-of-league losses were to powers Oak Knoll, the eventual Tournament of Champions winner (Kahn had 20 saves in a 5-1 game), West Essex (17 saves in a 5-2 game), Sacred Heart (Kentucky), Camden Catholic and Bishop Eustace.
“Maddie is an awesome goalie and kid,” said Kelsey Mitchell, Ocean City’s first-year coach. “Her going to Lehigh puts the stamp on all her hard work, leadership and ability. She had big games this year against some of the top competition in the state.”
Lehigh, a member of the Patriot League, went 5-13 this fall.
Kahn’s senior season at Ocean City in 2018 will have most of the starters returning.