Collegiate Game Scores and Upcoming: 2/4/18-2/18/18

D1 Notables:

California over UC Davis 11-9

Johns Hopkins over Marquette 14-7

Colorado over Michigan 20-10

James Madison over North Carolina 15-14 in OT

Towson over Penn State 14-13

Boston College over Notre Dame 13-11

Johns Hopkins over Marquette

USC over Virginia Tech 11-5

Bucknell over Robert Morris 5-4 in OT

Florida over Colorado 16-9

San Diego State over California 12-11

Arizona State starts 2-0 with wins over Kennesaw State and Stetson

Denver over Stanford 12-9

D1 Upcoming:

Sadie Grozier (Bay Area Elite 2017) and Eliza Cahill (Houston Elite 2017) prepping for Colorado’s season opener against Michigan.

2/16 Mercer at Fresno
2/16 ECU at Winthrop
2/16 UC Davis at Oregon 2/16 Stony Brook at USC
2/17 Boston College at Boston University
2/17 Maryland at Florida
2/17 Denver at Louisville
2/17 Dartmouth at UMass
2/17 Arizona State at San Diego State
2/17 Princeton at Temple
2/17 Robert Morris at Duquense
2/18 Mercer at California
2/18 Northwestern at Duke
2/18 Syracuse at Oregon

D2 Notables:

Florida Southern over Catawba 24-6
Lindenwood over Indianapolis 11-7
Tampa over Rollins 10-6

D2 Upcoming:

2/17 Fort Lewis at CO Mesa
2/17 Adelphi at FL Southern

D3 Upcoming:

2/14 Redlands at Occidental
2/17 Whittier at Redlands
2/17 Occidental at Southwestern
2/17 Mary Washington at W&L
2/18 CMS at UC Davis

Liana Moli

Liana Moli played for Skyline Lacrosse before making the Tenacity Elite Bay Area 2021 Green Team as a goalie. Liana shares Tenacity’s commitment to growing the game in the Bay Area particularly in non-traditional and under-resourced areas because of how Tenacity has been instrumental in her growth: “Tenacity is like a 2nd family to me. I was a very shy, young girl, but playing lacrosse with Tenacity, I’ve learned to use my voice. I feel it is important to be confident as a young teen girl and Tenacity empowers me to navigate through adolescence by teaching me self-discipline, and to be physically and mentally fit and courageous.” Liana wants the same opportunity for other girls and is focused on trying to bring lacrosse to her high school in San Leandro. However, with the financial barriers associated with starting high school teams, particularly in under-resourced areas, Liana faces an uphill battle. She is not deterred though. She continues to go all over the Bay Area when asked by Tenacity Staff to help encourage other girls to play. She also has set personal goals: To play lacrosse at a rigorous academic school. Liana says that it is isn’t enough to be good at sports as a Tongan girl. Liana describes how she wants to smash stereotypes about Pacific Islanders only being good at sports and not stars in the classroom. Liana is already on her way. She has already begun to take AP classes as a freshman and has her academic schedule mapped out for the next three years. You could say she is already living her goal.

Victoria Macres

Victoria Macres spent the first two years of her life in the Children’s House Orphanage in Magadan, Siberia- RUSSIA- where it was 26 degrees below zero the day she left for California, on December 24th, 2002.  “Vic”is a Tenacity Sacramento player who has defied all odds to become not only a starting high school goalie, but a future NCAA Division I student-athlete.  She is a lefty, not more than 5’5, and she has worked with TENACITY both on and off the field to become both a top student, and one of the best high school lacrosse players on the west coast.

Vic recently wrote me a letter about the impact Tenacity has had on her life after she earned the highest recognition awarded by the Congress of the United States to youth between the ages of 14 and 23 years old.  To earn the Congressional Gold Award, she completed over 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service, 200 hours of Personal Development, 200 hours of Physical Fitness, and a 5 day Rim to Rim Grand Canyono Backpack Expedition.  She will continue this legacy and earn her Girl Scout Gold Award in 2018.

Part of our Tenacity process is about setting goals, and Vic’s goal freshman year was to make the Varsity lacrosse team someday at her high school.  As Vic says, “it was about 6 months after I joined Tenacity that I became confident enough to raise the bar and shoot for playing lacrosse in college.”  Now Victoria Macres has achieved her Congressional Gold Award, and she’s verbally committed to play for a Division I lacrosse program.  She is living fully… it’s what we call, living with tenacity.

Thank you to our supporters for making it possible for players like Vic to have access to financial aid for our programs and services.  In 2017, we have given over $120,000 in Financial Aid for programs, travel, equipment, and counseling.   If you have not yet contributed to The Tenacity Project, we hope you will consider making a difference today!

Set your alarms tonight!

The Tenacity Project is unlike any organization in that it combines programming for athletes of all levels with girl’s empowerment, advocacy, and community engagement.  We run 40 teams in 4 regions that we call Tenacity Bay Area, Tenacity Sacramento, Tenacity Houston, and Tenacity Portland.  Tenacity staff members also do the college counseling for players in Utah where Tenacity teams will combine with the Mamaci club team program in 2018.

Every girl in our program has an amazing story.  The girls we reach the most meaningfully are on our Tenacity teams.  Tenacity Elite is made up of the top lacrosse players in each grade in the region where that team is, for example, Tenacity Elite Houston 2020 is a group of the top 20 sophomores in Houston who are playing girl’s lacrosse outside of their high school season.  These girls will travel all over the country representing their region against other club teams.

Tomorrow we will introduce you to a couple girls on our teams to connect you to the kind of impact our programs make on the lives of these girls, and the kind of impact the girls in turn are making on the world!  These girls are truly living with tenacity.

Please consider making a difference in another girl’s experience by DONATING HERE at 8am Eastern/ 5am Pacific time on Tuesday!  There is a matching offer from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that we have been approved for.  THANK YOU for making a difference. .

For anyone who has not yet RSVP’ed to the event in New York City, please CLICK HERE!  90 West Broadway, in Tribeca- Live With Tenacity Event powered by Brave Enterprises.

Set your alarms tonight!

Theresa and the Tenacity Staff

Amanda Leavell

I didn’t realize my level of Texas pride until I went to school in New Jersey. Actually, going to school in
New Jersey revealed that I didn’t have Texas pride but rather Houston pride. I wasn’t a member of the
Texan club on campus. I did, however, go around hailing Houston as the “best city in the country.” The
Rockets, Texans, and Astros? Best teams in the NBA, NFL, and MLB, respectively. The culture?
Unbelievably beautiful and diverse with a melange of tastes, traditions, and tongues to prove it. The
people? Oh, the people. A people characterized by the kindest souls and the greatest level of resilience.

I was reminded of this aspect of my fellow Houstonians a few weeks ago when I returned for a brief visit
with the Tenacity Project. It was my first time being home since moving to San Francisco as well as my
first time since the city witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. I couldn’t wait to be reunited with
my mom who I had only heard crying over the phone a few weeks prior as the violent storm raged on.

“A House Is Not A Home” by Luther Vandross was one of my favorite songs when I was little. In it,
Vandross sings, “a chair is still a chair, even when there’s no one sitting there. But a chair is not a house,
and a house is not a home, when there’s no one there to hold you tight, and no one there you can kiss
goodnight.” I think this brings up a very important aspect not only in the difference between a house and a
home, but in the fact that the meaning of a home is different for everyone. Whereas a house is typically a
physical location of residence, a home has much more significance and can vary from person to person.

For me, home has historically been wherever my mom is. We have always lived in Houston, so my
concept of home has inadvertently coincided with the city I love so much. During my four years in
college, Houston was still home. Even as I have settled into life in San Francisco, Houston still feels like
home, and words can’t describe the helplessness and guilt associated with seeing the place you call home
completely covered in water.

However, like I said, the people of Houston are marked by resilience.

We traveled to Houston to help out with a 5v5 fundraiser tournament for hurricane relief. The tournament
was completely organized by young high-school students, and during my time there I also had the
opportunity to watch other Tenacity girls practice. These girls are nothing short of an inspiration. Many of
them lost their homes in the floods, others lost their schools and were required to share the facilities of
other high-schools. Not once did anyone complain. Not once did they fail to smile (even through a tough
conditioning workout at the end). They ran their hearts out in practice and threw themselves completely
into the moment, and as they and other Houstonians push to get back on their feet after being knocked
down, I am sweetly reminded that Houston is kind. Houston is resilient. Houston is home.

Choosing to Play More Sports – Written by Caitlin McCarthy

At the end of Kate Graham’s senior year in high school, Kate received a customized award to recognize her accomplishment of a being a three varsity sport athlete for all four years of her high school career. Kate Graham then graduated on to UC Davis where she started for their Division-I lacrosse team as a freshman. Unlike many high school lacrosse players that choose to specialize in lacrosse and dropped all other childhood sports to hopefully increase their chances of being recruited and being a stronger player, Kate decided that her passion for water polo and basketball was just as important as her lacrosse recruiting process. Her choice to play more sports rather than more lacrosse is arguably the reason why she has so much potential as a college lacrosse player and why she did not burn out.

Question: What were the perks of choosing to play three varsity sports all four years of high school?

Answer: I loved playing three sports. I was always jumping from one sport to the next— I played water polo in the summer and fall, basketball in the winter, and lacrosse in the spring and summer. Playing multiple sports mentally and physically had a positive impact on me for several reasons. Mentally I was always excited to be playing the in-season sport. Whether it was being able to see my friends on the team or just playing the game, there was never any dread to go to practice or boredom of the sport. Physically I was always able to stay in shape through out the year solely because I never had a full month of an off season. Though one might assume the constant stress I was putting on my body would injure my body, quite the opposite happened. Playing multiple sports gave the different muscle groups I used in each sport a healthy amount of time to be strengthen, as well as giving them healthy breaks. Another of the biggest advantages I got from playing different sports was field sense. I was able to apply the tight passing lanes of basketball to feeding in the fan in lacrosse. I was also able to use my clearing vision as a goalie in water polo to make smart decisions in transitions in lacrosse.

Question: Did you feel like playing other sports increased your potential in lacrosse in college?

Answer: After distributing all my time to three different sports from elementary school through high school, college felt different. For the first time I spent all year playing the same sport, and I loved it. It allowed me to fully develop my lacrosse skills at an age where I knew playing well every game mattered much more. I had a lot of room to grow as a lacrosse player because this was the first time I had ever focused solely on lacrosse.

Question: Do you think playing multiple sports in high school helped or hurt your recruiting process?

Answer: Choosing to play water polo and basketball certainly gave up a lot of time I would have spent going to recruiting camps during off season and doing wall ball, but many college coaches liked that I was a multi sport athlete. From a coach’s perspective it showed that I can learn other skills, and that they had more to work with when I went to college. It also further showed that I was used to dedicating my time to sports year around.

Question: Was there ever a moment where you wanted to play a second sport in college?

Answer: I had thoughts at the end of my senior year to play water polo at the next level. But lacrosse was the only sport I played on a club team and had help being recruited, so it was the only sport I ever truly considered playing in college.

Molly Kuptz

I became part of the BearLax family in 2009, and since then, I have learned a number of applicable life lessons that have been carried with me throughout high school and college, into my job today. One of the lessons BearLax instilled in me has stuck out more so in the past few years: focus in and follow through. To me this means that no matter what the task ahead may be, never give up and keep striving to achieve all that I set out to achieve. Throughout life, obstacles and challenges have been thrown in my path that have made it difficult to completing my goals, but it is about adapting to diversity and overcoming hardships that defines a person.

After competing for BearLax for four years, I attended Saint Mary’s College of California to play Division I lacrosse. Playing in college was not without its challenges, but I was passionate about what I was doing and I was determined to compete at the highest level while giving it my all, focusing in on my goal and following through. Going into college, I had had the same coach for four years and I had played with the same group of girls for four years; both on my BearLax travel team and my high school team. I was accustomed to having consistency as I played and I became comfortable with that consistency. However, as I journeyed through my four years at Saint Mary’s College of California, I came to understand that my new lacrosse world was anything but consistent.

Going into my senior year, I was unsure of who my coach would be, but I knew that it would be my third coach in four years. I was recruited by one coach who left after my freshmen year and had different head coach my sophomore and junior year, who left a week before my senior season started. Nothing about the program had stayed the same throughout my four years, and my team and I were constantly dealing with setbacks and major adjustments. We had no consistency within our program, nor did we have any support. It would have been easy for us to stop dedicating all of our time and energy into a program and an athletic department that failed to support us. However, I set out to compete for four years as a Division I athlete and was not going to give up. Rather than letting coaching adjustments hold me back, I focused in on what I wanted to achieve and strived to make my senior season the best one yet.

That was easier said than done, as our program was cut three weeks before the end of our season. Out of the blue, our athletic department informed us that it was in the best interest of the student athletes and our lacrosse team to become a club program. We still had games to play at this point, yet a decision was made on our behalf and we were not given a say. We could have stopped there and given up, and I am sure others would not have blamed us. We had worked hard to succeed for so long, only to be told that it was not good enough. But once again, I set out to play four years of Division I lacrosse and I was not going to let others dictate how I went out. Our team played three more games and made a statement each time we set out on the field, putting a smile on our faces and making the most of the time we had left as a team and as a program.

Three coaches in four years only to have my program cut weeks before I finished my college career was anything but ideal. However, throughout each of these setbacks, I drew upon the lessons I learned during BearLax and did not give up. Focusing in on my goal and following through with that goal is not as easy as it seems, especially when those around me are determined to make it nearly impossible. But I would not have traded the experience for anything. Looking back at all that I endured over the past four years, I am proud to say that I focused in on the goal I had set out to achieve and I followed through despite the obstacles and set backs thrown my way.

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