York Lions

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York Lions
University York University
Association U Sports
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, York Stadium
Tennis court Aviva Centre
Mascot Lion
Nickname Lions
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 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. 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
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]

In 2015, the men's soccer team has won the Ontario University Athletics championship, for the third time in three years.[2]

Lions football[edit]

York Lions
York Lions logo
First season 1969
Athletic director Jennifer Myers
Head coach Warren Craney
7th year, 8–48–0  (.143)
Other Staff Kamau Peterson (OC)
Home Stadium York Lions Stadium
Year built 2015
Stadium capacity 12,500
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Toronto, Ontario
League U Sports
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 two teams currently playing in U Sports football to have never won a conference championship. The other team, the Sherbrooke Vert et Or, did not begin their current programs 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 for the past 12 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.[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.

Season-by-season record[edit]

The following is the record of the York Lions football team since 2003:

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
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

York Lions in the CFL[edit]

As of the end of the 2016 CFL season, four former Lions players are on CFL teams' rosters:

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