Madi McKay was part of a dynamic duo for two years on the Polytech lacrosse and field hockey pitches, before her sister graduated in 2016.
After this year, Madi will be back on the same team with Alli as members of the Bloomsburg University field hockey squad, but that’s not for another 12 months.
Madi’s more immediate concern is her senior year at Polytech, which began with her scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Division 2’s No. 2 Milford on Tuesday afternoon.
The younger McKay sister played on a Polytech team that made a run to the state title game in 2014, and has reached the quarterfinals and semifinals the past two years.
Through graduations, Madi has matured from a freshman starter into a senior leader, and said she’s drawn her experiences watching Alli to help her along the way.
“I watched her many times over the years we’ve played together, and she’s taught me how to be a better leader. We have a lot of young players who are just starting out in field hockey, and passing along that knowledge to those players is making me a better leader.”
Madi may just be scratching the surface of her leadership, as she comes from a military family.
Her great-grandfather served in Vietnam, her father and brother have Army roots, and when she goes to Bloomsburg, the plan is to join Alli in the ROTC program, with goal of becoming an Army nurse.
“I want to give back to my country, and the best way I know how to give back to my country is to help people medically. I want to help the people that fight for us, and give back to them.”
Madi and the Panthers look to make it a 2-0 start when they host Sussex Tech Thursday at 4pm.