It's that honest, laughing admission of human frailty that does it. Finn never tries to shine up her image to suit the occasion.
Question: It says here somewhere that nutrition and a balanced diet are important to the success of your team. What did you have for breakfast?
Answer. Who, me? Two peanut butter crackers and a Pepsi.
Before the final game of the regular season last Saturday, Finn consumed two hamburgers, a double order of French fries, a milk shake and a Coke. Then she went out and scored both Penn State goals in a 2-1 win over Ursinus.
Indeed, Finn says, "If I had to cut my entire food budget in half to economize, all I'd have to do is cut out pizza and cheese sticks and French fries."
There's something familiar about such straightforwardness, something faintly d�j� vu, perhaps, as one watches this girl with the untroubled brow and tumbled dark hair and the wry half-smile.... Of course. The name and the girl are a perfect match. When you think Candy Finn you think Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden, girl detectives. Someone might make a bundle with a new series of mystery novels for subteen girls:
Candy Finn and the Great Lacrosse Caper.
Candy Finn and the Goal-line Assault and Battery.
Candy Finn and the Missing Nittany Lion.
The connection makes even more sense when one considers that Finn has always pretty much set her own course, just as good old Trixie Belden might have. Candy is the youngest of the Finns, with two brothers and two sisters. Her parents split up, and while Mom Georganna worked as a nurse to support them, Candy more or less looked after herself. "Nobody else around our neighborhood had a girl my age to play with," she says, "so I became a tomboy. In elementary school someone spotted this, well, this natural ability in lacrosse, and told me, 'Someday people are going to envy you for the way you'll play.' Envy me? Wow! Who would ever envy me? So that's what sent me to the cemetery."