Liana Moli played for both Oakland Lacrosse & Alameda Attack 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.