It's a packed weekend on the varsity schedule at Carleton Athletics as Pride Fest takes over the Ice House and TAAG Park while rugby hits the road for the RSEQ semifinals.
Women's hockey will drop the puck on the 2023-24 season when they host Bishop's as part of the Carleton Pride Fest. Come out to the rink in your most colourful outfit for your chance to win great prizes including a pair of season tickets!
After narrowly missing the playoffs in 2023 the Ravens are back with more experience and renewed energy. The Ravens went 3-1-2 in the preseason and hope that the momentum of their 6-0 win over TMU last week carries with them into the Ice House.
This weekend, the Carleton Ravens will play at home for the last time in the 2023 regular season. On Saturday, women's soccer welcomes Ontario Tech at 1:00 p.m. Then on Sunday, the women's and men's teams host TMU at Carleton's second annual Pride in the Park game as part of the Carleton University Pride Fest.
The Ravens women's rugby team returns to the RSEQ semifinals for the second year in a row and must knock off the number two-ranked Laval Rouge-et-Or. After a trip to Laval last weekend, the Ravens pack will need to shine if they want to shut down a Laval team that recorded 29 of a possible 30 points on the season while posting a score differential of 332.
After a tough loss in Kingston last weekend, the football team travels to Waterloo for a pivotal clash with massive playoff implications. The Ravens and Warriors both enter the game with identical 2-4 records. A win for the Ravens would give them victories over UofT and Waterloo - while the 2-4 Varsity Blues are at Western this week facing the Mustangs before facing Waterloo next weekend.
Carleton will look to get back to cash on their trips to the red zone as quarterback Tristan Lefebvre continues to rank fourth in the OUA with 253.0 passing yards per game and third with twelve touchdown passes despite back-to-back losses. The Ravens' o-line will need to be on high alert to give Lefebvre the time he needs as Waterloo is led by league sack leader Tyson Hergott (9).
It's championship weekend for OUA Golf as the Carleton Ravens head to Laurier. A full team of men's and women's golfers will represent Carleton as they enter the seasons ultimate test. On the women's side, it's a balanced attack that will hope to land Carleton near the top of the pack. Led by second-year Claire Stoney, the Ravens women's team is ready to make moves up the OUA standings. Anna Emond and Luciana Garavito Arguello also return from last year's team while rookies Emma Ellsworth and Ashley Perron are quickly becoming capable of hanging in the competitive environment of OUA golf.
The Ravens' men's side is led by arguably the hottest golfer in the conference. Ty Rouse was on fire before the Thanksgiving break carding scores of 65 and 67 over a three-day span which saw him win two tournaments. Rouse s joined by veteran Daniel Ryan, second years Nicolas Mills, Jayden Proulx and Eric Skyba and first-year Joshua Marcotte.
Coming off a split of their opening weekend the men's hockey team heads to Kingston where they'll face RMC and Queen's.
The Ravens (1-1) will face RMC on Friday with the Paladins coming off a 4-3 loss to York, before heading to the Memorial Centre on Saturday to face a Gaels team that is 2-0 and leads the OUA with 15 goals scored after beating Ontario Tech 7-1 and York 8-3.
Carleton have scored 8 goals in their opening two games, including 2 from Athlete of the Week Nolan Seed.
After a stunning comeback victory over the defending OUA Champions from Queen's the Carleton Ravens return to the OUA Championships when they face Waterloo in the semifinals on Friday. The Ravens will be in tough when they face a Warriors team that went 12-3 in the regular season with a +57 run differential.
Warrior Evan Morrison was second in the OUA with 17 RBIs including three home runs, while the Ravens are led by a deep offense that included two players, Willem O'Reilley and Colby Schroeder, who each hit at or over .400.
Friday could prove to be a pitching battle if Cohen Rose-Radunsky of Carleton is on the mound. Rose-Radunsky was 2-1 in three starts this season with a 0.82 ERA and 18 strikeouts.
Preseason basketball continues as the 2023 men's national champions return to the Nest. After a weekend off for Thanksgiving the Ravens return to the court when they host the three-day House-Laughton Invitational with games against Guelph, Saskatchewan and UQAM. Each day features a doubleheader of basketball action for one low price.
Ravens women's basketball also returns to the court, looking to continue the momentum they built by winning the Carleton Ravens Fall Invitational when they face UVic, UBC Okanagan and Alberta at the University of Victoria.
After impressing at the Head of the Rideau and Head of the Trent Regatta's Ravens rowing return from their holiday break for the Brock Invitational at the historic Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course. The Ravens are in fine form as they gear up for the OUA championships and the Brock Invitational at the site of the conference major is a great tune-up for the rowing Ravens.