Windsor Lancers

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Windsor Lancers
Logo
University University of Windsor
Association Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Conference Ontario University Athletics
Athletic director Gord Grace
Location Windsor, Ontario
Varsity teams 11
Football stadium University of Windsor Stadium
Mascot Lancer
Nickname Lancers
Colours
     blue       gold
Website www.golancers.ca

The Windsor Lancers are the varsity athletic teams that represent the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The Lancers compete in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) as part of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), and have over 10 provincial and national championships to date.

Lancers' Women's hockey player during 2013-14 season.

Varsity teams[edit]

Lancers' Women's hockey goalie during 2013-14 season.

On the fields, the Windsor Lancers participate in the following varsity sports:

Windsor Lancers football[edit]

Windsor Lancers
Windsor Lancers logo
First season 1968
Athletic director Gord Grace
Head coach Joe D'Amore
2nd year, 8–8  (.500)
Other staff Jon Dent (OC)
Jim MacDougall (DC)
Home stadium University of Windsor Stadium
Year built 2005
Stadium capacity 2000[1]
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Windsor, Ontario
League CIS
Conference OUA (2001 - present)
Past associations CCIFC (1968-1970)
OUAA (1971-1973)
OQIFC (1974-2000)
All-time record – 
Postseason record
Vanier Cups 0
Yates Cups 1, 1975
Hec Crighton winners 3
Andrew Parici, Scott Mallender, Daryl Stephenson
Current uniform
CIS Windsor Jersey.png
Colours Blue and Gold and White

                     

Outfitter Adidas
Rivals Western Ontario Mustangs
Website golancers.ca

The Windsor Lancers football team began competing in the Central Canada Intercollegiate Football Conference in 1968, and have continued play uninterrupted since then. The team plays out of University of Windsor Stadium located on the campus grounds at the University of Windsor. The program is notable for featuring three Hec Crighton Trophy winners, most recently being current Hamilton Tiger-Cats player, Daryl Stephenson, when he won the award in 2006. While the teams have had success at an individual level, the team has struggled to establish dominance in the Ontario University Athletics conference, winning the fewest number of Yates Cup trophies, with just one in 1975.

In 2006, the team finished with a winning record for the first time since 1990, posting a 6-2 win-loss total and a fourth place finish, meaning that they would also host their first playoff game since 1990 as well. The Lancers lost that game to the Western Ontario Mustangs and failed to maintain a winning pedigree, enduring four straight losing seasons since that season. The program's fortunes would turn around in 2011 under interim head coach Joe D'Amore as the team finished in fifth place with a 5-3 record. The team won their first playoff game since 2003 over the Ottawa Gee-Gees, but lost once again to the Mustangs in the semi-finals.

Season-by-season record[edit]

The following is the record of the Windsor Lancers football team in the last ten seasons of play:

Season Games Won Lost Pct % PF PA Standing Playoffs
2003 8 4 4 0.500 243 211 5th in OUA Defeated Western Mustangs in quarter-final 21-18
Lost to McMaster Marauders in semi-final 55-15
2004 8 3 5 0.375 201 241 7th in OUA Did not qualify
2005 8 4 4 0.375 250 226 5th in OUA Lost to McMaster Marauders in quarter-final 49-19
2006 8 6 2 0.625 265 167 4th in OUA Lost to Western Mustangs in quarter-final 20-16
2007 8 2 6 0.250 156 261 8th in OUA Did not qualify
2008 8 3 5 0.375 189 254 7th in OUA Did not qualify
2009 8 2 6 0.250 110 244 8th in OUA Did not qualify
2010 8 2 6 0.250 156 261 8th in OUA Did not qualify
2011 8 5 3 0.625 260 174 5th in OUA Defeated Ottawa Gee-Gees in quarter-final 50-33
Lost to Western Mustangs in semi-final 33-27
2012 8 3 5 0.375 230 229 5th in OUA Lost to Western Mustangs in quarter-final 56-35

Windsor Lancers in the CFL[edit]

As of the start of the 2013 CFL season, five former Lancers players are on CFL teams' rosters:

Windsor Lancers men's hockey[edit]

Lancers at Windsor Arena vs. York Lions in playoff game (February 16, 2012)

History[edit]

The Windsor Lancers men's hockey team began in the early 1960s as members of the Ontario Intercollegiate Athletics Association (as the Assumption College Lancers). The league was a second-tier league to the Quebec-Ontario Athletics Association, the top-tier university sports hockey league in the region. The Lancers won their division in 1965, but lost the OIAA final to Laurentian University in a sudden-death 4–2 loss. In 1968, the Lancers were promoted to the QOAA. In 1971, the QOAA was dissolved and the Lancers joined the newly formed Ontario University Athletics Association, now known as the OUA.

Despite their longtime membership in the OUA, the Lancers have only won three regular-season titles (1988, 1998, and 1999) and one Queen's Cup as league playoff champions in 1998. In the 1998 University Cup, the Lancers went winless, losing to the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds 3-2 and the Alberta Golden Bears 6–3 to get swept from the tournament.

2013-14 home opener vs. Carleton Ravens.

After a lengthy decline in play through the 2000s, the Lancers returned with their best season since 1998–99 during the 2011–12 season. With a 15–12–1 record, the Lancers finished one point behind the fourth-place York Lions in the Western Conference standings. The Lancers met the Lions in the conference quarter-final and defeated them in two straight games. In the conference semi-final, the Lancers dropped game one in overtime at home, but came back on the road against the second-place Lakehead Thunderwolves with a 4–1 win and a 3–2 overtime win to take the series. The Lancers then moved on to the Western final against the Western Mustangs and lost the series 2-games-to-1 despite winning the first game. Game 2 of the series was supposed to be the last major hockey game in the Windsor Arena, due to be converted into a shopping centre that summer (delayed that summer, now to be torn down for a Catholic school). The game was played in front of a crowd of 3468 fans. The Lancers were given a final chance to move on to the University Cup, a bronze medal game against the UQTR Patriotes. The Lancers travelled to Trois-Rivieres to play them, but dropped the game 5–3 and fell just short of their first berth in the national final in over a decade.

As of the start of the 2013-14 season, the Men's Lancers, like the Women's Lancers, play at the much smaller South Windsor Arena. The Lancers' men, in their first year back in a smaller venue, finished fourth in the West with a 17-11-0 record. In the first round, the Lancers swept the Toronto Varsity Blues in two games.[2] In the West semi-final, the Lancers faced the first seeded Western Mustangs. Despite blowing a 2-0 lead and losing game one, the Lancers came back to win the second and third games to win the series.[3] In the West final, the Lancers defeated the second seeded Lakehead Thunderwolves 7-1 and 6-2 to earn the right to compete for the Queen's Cup as OUA West Champions and gained their first CIS University Cup National Championship berth since 1999.[4]

On March 15, 2014, the Lancers defeated the McGill Redmen 3-2 at home in the 103rd Queen's Cup Championship.[5] The win was the Lancers' second OUA championship. A week later, the Lancers travelled to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to compete in the 2014 CIS University Cup. In 1998 and 1999, the Lancers were winless at the University Cup. The Lancers began the tournament with a come from behind 4-2 victory over the AUS's Acadia Axemen.[6] Depleted heavily by injury, the Lancers needed to win their second game against the host Saskatchewan Huskies to earn a berth into their first national final, but were crushed 9-0.[7]

Season-by-season standings[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL Goals
for
Goals
against
Points Standing Playoffs
1964-65 OIAA Statistics Not Available Lost Final
1965-66 10 1 9 0 - 36 55 2 6th OIAA No Playoffs
1966-67 12 7 5 0 - -- -- 14 3rd OIAA No Playoffs
1967-68 12 6 6 0 - -- -- 12 4th OIAA No Playoffs
1968-69 15 5 8 2 - 59 76 12 5th QOAA-W DNQ
1969-70 15 4 9 2 - 50 84 10 5th QOAA-W DNQ
1970-71 15 3 9 3 - 40 83 9 6th QOAA-W DNQ
1971-72 19 8 8 3 - 79 90 19 4th OUAA-W DNQ
1972-73 17 9 8 0 - 78 83 18 4th OUAA-W DNQ
1973-74 18 2 14 2 - 52 119 6 6th OUAA-W DNQ
1974-75 17 1 15 1 - 43 132 3 8th OUAA-W DNQ
1975-76 20 3 14 3 - 78 130 9 5th OUAA-W DNQ
1976-77 18 5 12 1 - 55 68 11 5th OUAA-W DNQ
1977-78 20 6 9 5 - 84 113 17 3rd OUAA-W
1978-79 16 8 7 1 - 70 69 17 2nd OUAA-C
1979-80 22 1 20 1 - 58 163 3 12th OUAA
1980-81 22 8 13 1 - 77 126 17 8th OUAA
1981-82 22 7 13 2 - 91 147 16 9th OUAA
1982-83 24 11 12 1 - 111 134 23 8th OUAA
1983-84 24 8 15 1 - 117 139 17 10th OUAA DNQ
1984-85 24 12 8 4 - 137 111 28 7th OUAA DNQ
1985-86 24 13 6 5 - 132 102 31 5th OUAA Lost Quarter-final
1986-87 24 9 9 6 - 107 109 24 6th OUAA Lost Semi-final
1987-88 26 16 7 3 - 157 92 35 1st OUAA-W Lost Semi-final
1988-89 26 14 11 1 - 125 101 29 2nd OUAA-W Lost Division SF
1989-90 22 12 9 1 - 101 95 25 3rd OUAA-W Lost Conf. SF
1990-91 22 13 8 1 - 100 81 27 2nd OUAA-W Lost Conf. SF
1991-92 22 12 10 0 - 109 95 24 5th OUAA-W Lost Conf. QF
1992-93 22 9 12 1 - 106 139 19 5th OUAA-W Lost Conf. SF
1993-94 24 8 14 2 - 83 99 18 4th OUAA-FW
1994-95 24 8 11 5 - 79 93 21 4th OUAA-FW DNQ
1995-96 26 14 11 1 - 112 101 29 3rd OUAA-FW
1996-97 26 15 8 3 - 134 101 33 2nd OUAA-FW Lost Division SF
1997-98 26 22 3 1 - 133 71 45 1st OUA-FW Won League
1998-99 26 17 6 3 - 115 72 37 1st OUA-FW Lost Semi-final
1999-00 26 11 9 6 - 79 77 28 2nd OUA-FW Lost Division SF
2000-01 24 8 14 2 - 82 114 18 4th OUA-FW DNQ
2001-02 24 8 15 1 - 58 110 17 3rd OUA-FW Lost Division SF
2002-03 24 8 15 1 - 80 107 17 3rd OUA-FW Lost Division SF
2003-04 24 7 17 0 0 85 90 14 4th OUA-FW DNQ
2004-05 24 7 10 4 3 73 85 21 4th OUA-FW DNQ
2005-06 24 7 12 3 2 62 66 19 4th OUA-FW DNQ
2006-07 28 10 17 0 1 99 133 21 4th OUA-FW DNQ
2007-08 28 6 21 - 1 72 147 13 5th OUA-FW DNQ
2008-09 28 13 13 - 2 76 81 28 5th OUA-FW DNQ
2009-10 28 10 13 - 5 87 104 25 7th OUA-W Lost Conf. SF
2010-11 28 12 12 - 4 75 77 28 8th OUA-W Lost Conf. QF
2011-12 28 15 12 - 1 106 95 31 5th OUA-W Lost Bronze Medal Game
2012-13 28 18 9 - 1 101 80 37 2nd OUA-W Lost Conf. Final
2013-14 28 17 11 - 0 91 80 34 4th OUA-W Won League

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