York Lions

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York Lions
Logo
UniversityYork University
AssociationU Sports
ConferenceOntario University Athletics
Athletic directorJennifer Myers
LocationToronto, Ontario
Varsity teams9 men, 9 women
Football stadiumAlumni Field
ArenaCanlan Ice Sports - York
Other arenasTait McKenzie Centre, Toronto Track and Field Centre, York Lions Stadium
Tennis courtAviva Centre
MascotLion
NicknameLions
ColoursRed and White
         
Websitewww.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 U Sports 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.

Men's team's goalie during 2012 playoffs
York Lions at the Tait McKenzie Centre

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 men's soccer[edit]

Since the hiring of head coach Carmine Isacco in 2007, the Lions have won 6 Ontario University Athletics conference championships (2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018), and 4 U Sports national championships (2008, 2010, 2014, 2015).

The Lions' 2008 U Sports championship was York's first national championship in any sport in 18 years, and their first soccer championship since 1977.[1]

Lions football[edit]

York Lions
York Lions 2018 Logo.jpg
York Lions logo
First season1968
Athletic directorJennifer Myers
Head coachWarren Craney
10th year, 13–67–0  (.163)
Other StaffKamau Peterson (OC)
Sammy Okpro (DC)
Home StadiumAlumni Field (York University)
Year built1995
Stadium capacity2500
Stadium surfaceFieldTurf
LocationToronto, Ontario
LeagueU Sports
ConferenceOUA (1980 - present)
Past associationsCCIFC (1969-1970)
OUAA (1971-1973)
OQIFC (1974-1979)
All-time record– 
Postseason record– 
Tournaments
Vanier Cups0
Yates Cups0
Hec Crighton winners0
Current uniform
ColoursRed, White, and Grey
              
OutfitterAdidas
RivalsToronto Varsity Blues
Websiteyorkulions.ca

The York Lions football team has been in continuous operation since 1968 and are one of two teams currently playing in U Sports football to have never won a conference championship.[2] The other team, the Sherbrooke Vert et Or, did not begin their current program until 2003. Their current head coach is Warren Craney, who became the team's head coach before the 2010 season.[3]

The program has been one of futility, finishing out of the playoffs each year since 2005. 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.[4] 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.[5] During the next two seasons, the Lions took a step backward as they recorded no wins in 2014 and one in 2015. The team had a 2-6 2016 record, showing some improvement, but regressed the following year with a one-win season in 2017. The Lions won three games in 2018, which was their highest win total in 13 years, but still finished outside of playoff contention. The Lions again regressed following a stronger year, with a 1-7 finish in 2019.

Season-by-season record[edit]

The following is the record of the York Lions football team since 2000:

Season Games Won Lost PCT PF PA Standing Playoffs
2000 8 3 5 0.375 99 205 6th in OUA Did not qualify
2001 8 3 5 0.375 153 216 8th in OUA Lost to McMaster Marauders in quarter-final 62-0
2002 8 5 3 0.625 121 113 5th in OUA Defeated Ottawa Gee-Gees in quarter-final 12-4
Lost to McMaster Marauders in semi-final 29–14
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
2014 8 0 8 0.000 63 382 11th in OUA Did not qualify
2015 8 1 7 0.125 121 367 10th in OUA Did not qualify
2016 8 2 6 0.250 171 384 9th in OUA Did not qualify
2017 8 1 7 0.125 163 340 10th in OUA Did not qualify
2018 8 3 5 0.375 172 297 9th in OUA Did not qualify
2019 8 1 7 0.125 122 272 11th in OUA Did not qualify

York Lions in the CFL[edit]

As of the start of the 2019 CFL season, four former Lions players are on CFL teams' rosters:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.yorku.ca/sprtyork/MediaReleases/Archive/Release.asp?Release=2622
  2. ^ 50th Anniversary
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 27, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ 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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