York Lions

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York Lions
Logo
University York University
Association Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Conference Ontario University Athletics
Athletic director Jennifer Myers
Location Toronto, Ontario
Varsity teams 9 men, 9 women
Football stadium York Stadium
Arena Canlan Ice Sports - York
Other arenas Tait McKenzie Centre, Toronto Track and Field Centre
Tennis court Rexall Centre
Mascot Lion
Nickname Lions
Colours
     Red       White
Website www.yorkulions.ca

The York Lions is the official name for the athletic varsity teams that represent York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The university's varsity teams compete in the Ontario University Athletics conference of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport and, where applicable, in the east division. The Lion's logo features a red lion from the school's logo with the university's colours, red and white.

York's former teams were known as the York Yeomen and York Yeowomen, but changed their name to the gender-neutral Lions in 2003. In 2008, the York Lion's men's soccer team won the Canadian men's soccer championship, York's first national championship in any sport in 18 years, and their first soccer championship since 1977.[1]

Men's team's goalie during 2012 playoffs

Interuniversity Sport Teams[edit]

Men's road playoff game vs. Windsor Lancers February 16, 2012.

Lions women's ice hockey[edit]

The York Lions women's ice hockey team competes in the 10-team Ontario University Athletics conference and finished their 2010-11 season with an 11-16 record. The team's head coach is Dan Church, who is entering his eighth year with the team in the 2011-12 season.

Lions football[edit]

York Lions
York Lions logo
First season 1969
Athletic director Jennifer Myers
Head coach Warren Craney
3rd year, 5–27–0  (.156)
Other staff Michael Comeau (OC)
Home stadium York Stadium
Year built 1995
Stadium capacity 5000
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Toronto, Ontario
League CIS
Conference OUA (1980 - present)
Past associations CCIFC (1969-1970)
OUAA (1971-1973)
OQIFC (1974-1979)
All-time record – 
Postseason record
Vanier Cups 0
Yates Cups 0
Hec Crighton winners 0
Current uniform
CIS York Jersey.png
Colours Red and White

             

Outfitter Adidas
Rivals Toronto Varsity Blues
Website yorkulions.ca

The York Lions football team has been in continuous operation since 1969 and are one of three teams currently playing in CIS football to have never won a conference championship. The other two teams, the Montreal Carabins and Sherbrooke Vert et Or, did not begin their current programs until 2002 and 2003 respectively. Their current head coach is Warren Craney, who became the team's head coach before the 2010 season.[2]

The program has been one of futility, finishing out of the playoffs for the past eight seasons. While cross-town rival Toronto Varsity Blues used to be the OUA basement-dweller, their progression has sent York to the bottom of the standings, having won just one game in the past four seasons. After Queen's and Ottawa joined the OUA in 2001, the playoffs were expanded to include eight teams, meaning that the Lions would make the playoffs for four consecutive seasons.[3] This format was discontinued after the 2003 season, so the Lions did not qualify for post-season play in 2005. In 2012, the Lions finished with a 2-6 record, the most wins for the program since 2005 and in 7th place, their highest finish in eight years. In 2013, the team finished 8th overall in the OUA, matching their previous season's record of 2-6. Following the 2013 season, Head Coach Warren Craney signed a contract extension with York University to remain at the helm of the program.[4]

Season-by-season record[edit]

The following is the record of the York Lions football team in the last ten seasons of play:

Season Games Won Lost Pct % PF PA Standing Playoffs
2003 8 3 5 0.375 161 251 7th in OUA Lost to Queen's Golden Gaels in quarter-final 27-6
2004 8 3 5 0.375 220 237 6th in OUA Lost to Western Mustangs in quarter-final 54-18
2005 8 3 5 0.375 113 294 8th in OUA Did not qualify
2006 8 1 7 0.125 134 224 9th in OUA Did not qualify
2007 8 1 7 0.125 90 279 9th in OUA Did not qualify
2008 8 0 8 0.000 32 471 10th in OUA Did not qualify
2009 8 0 8 0.000 97 414 10th in OUA Did not qualify
2010 8 0 8 0.000 73 416 9th in OUA Did not qualify
2011 8 1 7 0.125 90 241 9th in OUA Did not qualify
2012 8 2 6 0.250 192 274 7th in OUA Did not qualify
2013 8 2 6 0.250 179 332 8th in OUA Did not qualify

York Lions in the CFL[edit]

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

York Lions in national teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.yorku.ca/sprtyork/MediaReleases/Archive/Release.asp?Release=2622
  2. ^ http://www.yorkulions.ca/sports/fball/coaches/index
  3. ^ http://oua.ca/sports/football/results/
  4. ^ http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2013/11/20/york-university-extends-warren-craneys-term-as-head-coach-of-the-football-program/

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