Madison Iandoli is a graduate student from Palm City, Florida, and has played a key role in building the foundation for the lacrosse program here at Missouri Western.
Iandoli played her four undergraduate years at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she made Student Athlete Honor Roll all four years and finished in the top ten in career goals with 130.
Griffon teammate and goalie Mackenzie Porter had nothing but praise for Iandoli.
“She is very intelligent and hardworking in the classroom. She is the definition of a student athlete,” Porter said.
Iandoli started playing lacrosse when she was 11 years old, when one of her teammates on her soccer team introduced it to her and Iandoli has never looked back since. She graduated from Martin County High School in 2016 where she was a two sport athlete while playing soccer in the fall and lacrosse in the spring. She had been named Second Team All District her junior and senior year as well as earning a senior All Star laurel. Iandoli helped lead her lacrosse team to the district championship for lacrosse, and was also a part of two district championships while playing soccer as well.
Due to COVID-19, Iandoli’s senior season was cut short at Guilford College and she needed to look for a new home to finish out her eligibility. She graduated from Guilford with a double major in forensic biology and political science. Luckily, Missouri Western had been starting up a new womens' lacrosse program and needed players with collegiate experience and leadership skills.
Iandoli was very attracted to coming to play at Missouri Western because of the incredible athletic facilities the school has to offer, even though the environment is much different from what she is used to on the east coast.
“MWSU is great! I love the facilities and the opportunities the school has given to us student athletes,” Iandoli said.
During her first and final year here at Missouri Western, Iandoli was nothing short of successful. She was a leader in the classroom, as well as on the field where she had scored 19 goals in 41 attempts. She had 63 draw controls this season, and even had ten in one game. Teammate Alex Shaffer showed a lot of praise for the leadership and effort Iandoli puts into her game.
“Madison leads by example and has had some injuries this year but she pushed through them and that showed how much she cared about playing and about this team,” Shaffer said.
If Iandoli were to be remembered for one thing at Missouri Western, it would be for her leadership and for scoring the first goal in school history.