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Three Carleton Ravens teams are featured in this week’s U SPORTS Top 10. The men’s basketball program opens the year at No. 1 in the first poll of the season, the women’s basketball team starts the season at No. 4, while the men’s soccer completes the annual rankings as the No. 4 team in Canada.
Head coach Dave Smart will begin his 18th season patrolling the Ravens’ sideline with his team ranked No. 1 in Canada. After finishing the preseason with a 16-2 record, Carleton received 45 of 47 first-place votes, with the other two going to Brock (1) and UBC (1).
Carleton has been ranked No.1 in Canada since the second last poll of the 2015-16 season, a streak of 17 consecutive number one appearances. The Ravens were ranked No. 1 in the country for the entire 2016-17 season, capping of their season with a 13th national championship.
In the Dave Smart era (1999 to present), the Ravens have opened 14 of his 18 seasons as the top-ranked side in Canada.
Carleton opens the season against the Guelph Gryphons on November 3 at the Ravens’ Nest.
Men’s Basketball – TOP 10:
|Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (19), UNB (10)|
Following the program’s first OUA Critelli Cup championship title and a bronze medal at U SPORTS Women’s Final 8 last season, the Ravens open up the 2017-18 campaign ranked No. 4 in Canada behind McGill (1), Regina (2) and Acadia (3).
The Ravens enjoyed a strong preseason, finishing their nine-game exhibition schedule with a 7-2 mark.
Carleton was ranked in all 14 polls last season, which included its first No. 1 ranking on November 15, 2016.
The Ravens host the Guelph Gryphons in the opening game of the season on Friday, November 3.
Women’s Basketball – TOP 10:
|Other teams receiving votes: Concordia (121), Calgary (77)|
In the final men’s soccer poll of the 2017 season, the Ravens end the year ranked No. 4 in Canada.
Carleton’s Top 10 presence in the rankings reaches a sixth consecutive poll, and the team’s fifth straight No. 4 poll position.
The Ravens defeated the UOIT Ridgebacks 7-0 in the OUA quarterfinal on Sunday, October 29. Carleton will compete in the conference Final Four for the first time since 2013.
Carleton will face the No. 8-ranked McMaster Marauders in the OUA semifinals on Friday, November 3 (6 p.m.) at York University.
Ravens Men’s Soccer – 2017 Rankings:
Week 5 (Sept. 26/17) – No. 8
Week 6 (Oct. 3/17) – No. 4
Week 7 (Oct. 10/17) – No. 4
Week 8 (Oct. 17/17) – No. 4
Week 9 (Oct. 24/17) – No. 4
Week 10 (Oct. 31/17) – No. 4
Men’s Soccer – TOP 10:
|Other teams receiving votes: Trinity Western (3)|