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Women’s Lacrosse Great Candace Finn Rocha Named First-Ever Female Tewaaraton Legend

Women’s lacrosse and field hockey icon Candace Finn Rocha was named the first female athlete to ever win the Tewaaraton Legend Award on January 22. The Legend Award retrospectively honors former NCAA athletes who would’ve won the award, had it existed during their college careers.

Finn Rocha enjoyed unprecedented and rarely topped success in her 1979-82 lacrosse career at Penn State. The four-time All-American led the Nittany Lions to two consecutive championship titles in 1979 then 1980. She led the team in scoring each year. She still has the second all-time highest ranking in both goals (265) and points (334) in program history.

An enigma of a junior year came off the heels of a record-setting game. In her sophomore year she racked up accolades from a 17-point game, with 14 goals of her own and three assists. The display of athleticism is still a school record. Finn Rocha’s junior year defied logic for one of the most consistent collegiate performances in NCAA history. She averaged a whopping 5.07 goals per game in 1981. That’s 76 goals on the season. The phenomena scored in every single game she ever played for Penn State. Her stunning career won her the Broderick Award as the collegiate player of the year in both 1981 and 1982.

“Candace Finn Rocha was an exceptionally talented lacrosse player whose stick skills, grace, and flair were unmatched,” former Penn State head coach Susan Delaney-Scheetz told Penn State Athletics. “She is one of Penn State’s most highly decorated student-athletes, whose career, records and honors make her a worthy recipient of the Legends Award.”

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Sara Civian

Sara Civian is one of Onward State's three ridiculously good looking managing editors, a hockey writer at heart, and an Oxford comma Stan. She's a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in history, and living at Bill Pickle's Tap Room. Her favorite pastimes are telling people she's from Boston, watching the Bruins, and meticulously dissecting the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. She's seen Third Eye Blind live 14 times. If you really hate yourself, you can follow her at @SaraCivian or email her at [email protected]

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