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Carleton Ravens
Logo
University Carleton University
Association Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Conference Ontario University Athletics
Athletic director Jennifer Brenning
Location Ottawa, Ontario
Varsity teams 15
Mascot Rodney the Raven
Nickname Ravens
Colours
     Black       Red
Website www2.carleton.ca/goravens/
Men's basketball game between Carleton and uOttawa

The Carleton Ravens are the athletic teams that represent Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The most notable sports team for Carleton is the men's basketball team. In men's basketball, the Ravens have won ten of the last twelve national men's championships, and went on an 87-game winning streak from 2003 to 2006. They also had a 54 game home winning streak. The Ravens finished 2nd in the World University Basketball Championships in 2004. The Ravens are on a 41 game regular season winning streak.

The Ravens are also the current Women's Curling national champions as well as the Men's Water Polo and Men's Fencing provincial champions. The Men's Hockey team also placed 3rd in the province and made an appearance at nationals. Carleton is located in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Conference with all teams, except the Women's Hockey team plays in Quebec Student Sport Federation (RSEQ).

Rivalry with the Gee-Gees[edit]

Carleton's biggest rivals are the Ottawa Gee-Gees of the University of Ottawa. An annual Football game, known as the "Panda Game" is played between the cross-town rivals. It is the single most well known rivalry game in Canadian collegiate football. Since its inception in 1955 the Gee-Gees have won 33 to Carleton's 12, from 1998-2012 no Panda Games were played due to the cancellation of Carleton's football team.

Today, the rivalry is also extremely heated between the schools' basketball teams, as both universities have men's and women's teams that finish near the top of the standings. On January 23, 2007, the two men's basketball teams faced off at Scotiabank Place in front of nearly 9,720 spectators, which was a record crowd for a regular season CIS basketball game. The Ottawa Gee-Gees won the inaugural event 64–62. This event, now known as the "Capital Hoops Classic", has been expanded to include the women's teams as well, with the Classic featuring a doubleheader of both teams. The January 28, 2009 edition of the game broke the 2007 record with 10,523 fans attending the two games, with both of Carleton's teams posting victories over Ottawa.[1] In the 2013–14 season the teams faced each other both in the provincial and national finals, with uOttawa winning the OUA championship and Carleton winning the national title.

Teams[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

The Ravens have won 10 of the last 12 national championships (2003-2007, 2009, 2011-2014). Below is their regular season record since 1996–97.

Season W L PF PA Finish
1996–97 5 15 1360 1678 7th, OUA East
1997–98 7 13 1391 1542 6th, OUA East
1998–99 12 8 1392 1351 2nd, OUA East
1999-00 11 9 1321 1357 3rd, OUA East
2000–01 21 1 1777 1390 1st, OUA East
2001–02 19 3 1826 1443 1st, OUA East
2002–03 21 1 1842 1400 1st, OUA East
2003–04 22 0 1635 1270 1st, OUA East
2004–05 22 0 1615 1268 1st, OUA East
2005–06 20 2 1695 1266 1st, OUA East
2006–07 19 3 1693 1282 1st, OUA East
2007–08 22 0 1869 1318 1st, OUA East
2008–09 21 1 1960 1393 1st, OUA East
2009–10 20 2 1901 1389 1st, OUA East
2010–11 22 0 2016 1341 1st, OUA East
2011–12 22 0 2087 1245 1st, OUA East
2012-13 19 1 1819 1232 1st, OUA East
2013-14 22 0 2073 1368 1st, OUA East

Women's basketball[edit]

Carleton has had less success in women's basketball, though the program has recently become one of the most competitive in the OUA East.

Season W L PF PA Finish
2003–04 7 15 1198 1273 7th, OUA East
2004–05 5 17 1120 1281 7th, OUA East
2005–06 10 12 1268 1267 5th, OUA East
2006–07 5 17 1272 1477 6th, OUA East
2007–08 8 14 1280 1307 5th, OUA East
2008–09 14 8 1388 1184 3rd, OUA East
2009–10 18 4 1473 1119 1st, OUA East
2010–11 18 4 1430 1209 1st, OUA East
2011–12 17 5 1494 1157 2nd, OUA East
2012-13 15 5 1337 1048 2nd, OUA East
2013-14 16 6 1290 1172 1st, OUA East

Women's field hockey[edit]

Season W L T PF PA Pts Finish
2002 2 9 1 14 32 7 3rd, OUA East
2003 1 12 1 3 66 4 7th, OUA
2004 3 8 3 12 38 12 7th, OUA
2005 5 8 1 9 23 16 6th, OUA
2006 2 10 2 18 42 8 7th, OUA
2007 3 10 1 6 55 10 6th, OUA
2008 2 9 3 4 49 9 7th, OUA
2009 0 14 0 7 57 0 8th, OUA
2010 0 14 0 6 82 0 8th, OUA

Football[edit]

Carleton Ravens
First season 1945
Athletic director Jennifer Brenning
Head coach Steve Sumarah
1st year, 0–8–0  (.000)
Other staff Jean-Philippe Asselin (OC)
Ryan Bechmanis (DC)
Home stadium Keith Harris Stadium
Stadium capacity 3000
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Ottawa, Ontario
League CIS
Conference OUA (2013 – present)
Past associations OIFC (1957–1966)
CCIFC (1967–1970)
OUAA (1971–1973)
OQIFC (1974–1998)
All-time record – 
Postseason record
Vanier Cups 0
Yates Cups 0
Dunsmore Cups 1, 1985
Hec Crighton winners 0
Current uniform
CIS Carleton Jersey.png
Colours Black and Red

             

Mascot Rodney the Raven
Rivals Ottawa Gee-Gees
Website oldcrowsfootball.ca

The Carleton Ravens football team returned to the Ontario University Athletics football conference in 2013 after a 15-year absence.[2]

Historically, the Ravens football team first began play just after the Second World War in 1945 and was in continuous operation until the program was dropped in 1998.[3] While the team had some success in the mid-1980s, poor performances and a plan by the Carleton Athletic department to invest more funds in other sports led to the sport being cut after the 1998 season.[4][5] In their history, the Ravens won one Dunsmore Cup conference championship in 1985, but lost in the following Western Bowl to the Calgary Dinos 56 to 14.[6]

Revival[edit]

For a number of years, there had been movements to revive the team, but there was no real interest from the university. However, on June 25, 2009, an announcement was made that the Lansdowne Live group, which owns the Ottawa Redblacks, the new Canadian Football League team, was in negotiations with the university to bring back the football program and play at a rebuilt Frank Clair Stadium to be shared with the CFL team and the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Lansdowne Live partner and Ravens alumnus John Ruddy has pledged $2.5 million to provide funding for the program and it would follow the private partnership model that has proved successful both financially and on the field with the Regina Rams and Laval Rouge et Or teams.[7] The program needed to raise a minimum of $5 million in pledge commitments in order to secure final approvals, and establish Old Crows Football Inc. by May 2011 for the team to start play in time for the 2012 season.[8]

While the group closely missed the May deadline, Old Crows Football Inc. and Carleton University announced on July 6, 2011 that the program would return in 2013. The $5 million was raised and the team operates independently by Old Crows Football Inc. as a non-profit corporate entity that will fund and market the program. Renovations to the locker rooms, coaches' offices and Keith Harris Stadium will be paid for by the Old Crows.[2][9] On January 16, 2012, Steve Sumarah was named the team's head coach.[10]

Last regular season results[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Pct % PF PA Standing
1988 7 0 7 0 0.000 53 244 6th in OQIFC
1989 7 0 7 0 0.000 42 289 6th in OQIFC
1990 7 1 6 0 0.143 83 225 6th in OQIFC
1991 7 1 6 0 0.143 99 225 6th in OQIFC
1992 7 0 7 0 0.000 44 237 6th in OQIFC
1993 7 2 5 0 0.286 94 166 5th in OQIFC
1994 7 2 5 0 0.286 97 224 5th in OQIFC
1995 8 1 6 1 0.188 136 221 6th in OQIFC
1996 8 5 3 0 0.625 137 149 4th in OQIFC
1997 8 1 7 0 0.125 106 174 7th in OQIFC
1998 8 1 7 0 0.125 102 187 7th in OQIFC
2013 8 0 8 0 0.000 95 390 11th in OUA

[11]

Men's ice hockey[edit]

Carleton goaltender Francis Dupuis during 2013-14 season vs. Windsor Lancers.
Carleton during 2013-14 season vs. Windsor Lancers.

The Carleton Ravens men’s ice hockey team plays within the Ontario University Athletics conference of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). [12]

Season W L OTL GF GA Pts Finish
2007–08 12 13 3 88 110 27 4th, OUA Far East
2008–09 13 11 4 91 89 30 4th, OUA Far East
2009–10 15 10 3 101 87 33 4th, OUA East
2010–11 18 8 2 108 67 38 3rd, OUA East
2011-12 15 10 3 100 78 33 7th, OUA East
2012-13 19 7 2 101 75 40 2nd, OUA East
2013-14 22 5 1 128 67 45 1st, OUA East

Women's ice hockey[edit]

Season W L T OTL PF PA Pts Finish
2004–05 0 14 1 0 12 83 1 4th, QSSF
2005–06 0 14 0 1 13 61 1 4th, QSSF
2006–07 5 13 0 0 26 63 10 3rd, QSSF
2007–08 7 11 0 0 27 57 14 3rd, QSSF
2008–09 7 11 0 31 61 14 3rd, QSSF
2009–10 8 12 0 39 47 16 4th, Quebec
2010–11 7 8 5 46 59 19 4th, RSEQ
2011–12 9 8 3 53 75 21 3rd, RSEQ
2012–13 7 12 1 46 85 15 4th, RSEQ
2013–14 1 15 4 1 32 90 6 6th, RSEQ

Men's soccer[edit]

Carleton also has a very a successful soccer team. In 2002, the team lost the finals 1–0 in OT to the Brock Badgers. They were OUA champions again in 2005, but lost in the quarter-finals of the national championships. In 2012, the Ravens men's soccer team advanced to CIS Nationals and finished in 6th place at the CIS Championship Finals.

Season W L T PF PA Pts Finish
2002 10 0 2 33 8 32 1st, OUA South/East
2003 6 3 3 27 12 21 4th, OUA South/East
2004 8 2 0 30 11 19 1st, OUA East
2005 7 0 3 22 4 24 1st, OUA East
2006 9 1 4 31 7 24 2nd, OUA East
2007 13 0 1 40 7 33 1st, OUA East
2008 12 1 1 35 10 37 1st, OUA East
2009 9 5 2 26 17 29 2nd, OUA East
2010 9 3 2 16 5 29 2nd, OUA East
2011 11 3 0 41 14 33 1st, OUA East
2012 10 2 2 36 13 32 2nd, OUA East
2013 8 3 3 26 11 27 2nd, OUA East

Women's soccer[edit]

Despite having successful regular seasons, the women's soccer team has had little success in the playoffs.

Season W L T PF PA Pts Finish
2002 5 3 2 7 4 17 3rd, OUA East
2003 4 2 4 15 6 16 3rd, OUA East
2004 6 4 2 24 12 20 3rd, OUA East
2005 7 2 3 27 9 24 3rd, OUA East
2006 11 2 3 30 10 36 2nd, OUA East
2007 9 5 2 29 15 29 4th, OUA East
2008 6 6 2 18 14 20 6th, OUA East
2009 6 8 2 15 17 20 5th, OUA East
2010 7 6 3 20 17 24 4th, OUA East
2011 8 6 2 28 19 26 4th, OUA East
2012 9 5 2 36 26 29 5th, OUA East
2013 9 3 4 44 14 31 3rd, OUA East

Men's golf[edit]

Men's golf has had a long history at Carleton. Despite many strong individual performances the Ravens have struggled to find team success at the OUA stage.

Season Finish Location Host
2007 12th Royal Ottawa Golf Club University of Ottawa Gee-Gee's
2008 7th Crosswinds Golf Club McMaster University Marauders
2009 10th Angus Glen Golf Club - South University of Toronto Varsity Blues
2010 11th Angus Glen Golf Club - South University of Toronto Varsity Blues
2011 13th Cataraqui Golf and Country Club Queen's University Gaels
2012 13th Grey Silo Golf Club University of Waterloo Warriors
2013 14th Grey Silo Golf Club Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks

Notable athletes[edit]

Basketball

Football

See also[edit]

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