> **Opinions expressed in Raven Rant are those of the athletes, and do not
> necessarily reflect those of the Carleton University Athletics Department**
> Reminder for Athletes:
> The "Loonie Landing" United Way fund-raiser will take place on Wednesday
> November 10. Please see your varsity council rep to sign up and participate.
> The team took a trip to Regina this past weekend to attend the University of
> Regina Basketball tournament.  In the first game, the Ravens played Athletes
> In Action and were defeated 65-61.  The next day they would defeat the host
> U of R Cougars 98-68.  In their final game on Saturday night they would face
> the University of Calgary where they defeated the Dinos 84-61.  The Ravens
> finished second in the tournament as the Athletes In Action finished
> undefeated.
> On the weekend of October 15-17, 2004, the Ravens hosted the 15th Annual
> House Laughton Hoops Classic. The Ravens lost their first game to the
> University of Victoria Vikes but, kept composure to win their next two games
> against University of New Brunswick and Laval University.  The Ravens won
> the tournament for the fourth consecutive year.  Mike Smart was named
> tournament MVP and Jean- Emmanuel Jean-Marie was named to the All-Star team.
> This past weekend, the Carleton University Women's Basketball team hosted a
> 4 team invitational tournament.  Participating teams were the University of
> Western Ontario, McGill University and University of Ottawa. Friday night,
> the Ravens faced Western and lost 49-44.  Saturday night, the Ravens bounced
> back from Friday's disappointing loss to beat McGill 58-36.  Assistant
> coaches Perrier and MacAulay were quoted as saying "It was a total team
> effort, everyone contributed.  We put together the best 40 minutes so far
> this season".  In their third game of the tournament, the Ravens faced
> cross-town rivals Ottawa U and lost 67-54.  Dasa Farthing was selected as a
> tournament All-Star for her performance.  Sarah Kennedy was also selected as
> the Player of the Game versus Ottawa U. 
> This weekend, the team heads to Concordia and Vermont to play their final
> two exhibition games of the season.  The Ravens will host Laurentian and
> York University on November 6th and 7th at 6pm to kick off the regular
> season.
> This year Carleton's men's rowing team is kicking and rearing to go!  You
> may have seen them on the Charlatan cover in September.  That picture was
> taken from the Head of the Rideau Regatta held on the Rideau River September
> 26th.  There, the men walked away with first place finishes in the
> lightweight 4 category as well as the heavyweight 8, while the heavyweight 4
> came in 3rd place and the lightweight double in 2nd.  October saw the Ravens
> in Peterborough for the Head of the Trent regatta.  Results of this regatta
> saw the men place 8th and 10th in the lightweight and heavyweight 4
> categories.  The lightweight 8 finished in 8th place while the lightweight
> double finished 4th.
> Everyone has heard about the Carleton - Ottawa U rivalry, so the P.D. Ross
> race is one of high importance.  This is a head-to-head 6km race down the
> Ottawa River.  In the past, Carleton has had a winning streak of over 8
> years, however, last year the streak ended with an Ottawa U victory.  Oct.
> 16th saw the Ravens flying off the start and easily returning the P.D Ross
> trophy to its rightful owners.
> Carleton had opportunity to race at the Head of the Charles Regatta in
> Boston on October 23-24.  This regatta is the largest 'head race' in North
> America, and the men placed 21st out of 43 teams.  The rowers proudly held
> their heads high as they crossed the finish line.  Stephen Fincham, Etienne
> Faure, Sacha Penner, Matt Burpee, and Coxie Samantha Henrickson rowed in the
> Men's Club Fours boat that took  the 21st  spot.
> Just in case it isn't clear what a "head" is, it's in reference to the type
> of race.  Typically the Olympics are 2000m races.  A head race is one which
> is much longer, usually anywhere from 3km to 6km.
> As the mercury drops outside, the season draws nearer to an end.  But before
> that happens, two major regattas remain: the OUAs and the Canadian
> University Championships.  The OUAs this year will be held in London Oct.
> 29-30.  The Canadians will be held in Montreal on the Olympic Basin Nov.
> 6-7.
> At the beginning of the season almost 60 players showed up for a very
> competitive training camp with just under 40 showing the 'right stuff' to be
> allowed to stay. All players got an opportunity to 'show their stuff' on an
> exhibition tour to New England where the Ravens took on perennial title
> contenders; Dartmouth College and Norwich University, defeating both
> confidently. It was a great trip and allowed players the opportunity to get
> to know each other and come together as a team.
> Upon returning from the trip a starting line up was created with many
> familiar and a few new faces. Returning for another year was former Canadian
> Under 21 team member & Captain David Thompson, 5th year team leader &
> previous Doug Banton Award recipient George Ashfield, versatile and skilled
> BC half back Kevin Charlton, as well as 2003 Raven Rookie Of The Year Scott
> McLeish, and exciting and sure tackling Matt Barthe. Of particular note was
> freshman Tom Kerswell who earned himself a starting position as a result of
> outstanding performances against both USA Collegiate sides.  
> The Ravens once again qualified for post-season play with a record of 3-3.
> Wins came at the expense of Trent University, University of Toronto & of
> once again Queen's University.  While this is the second year in a row
> Carleton has defeated Queen's it is the first time they have ever done it in
> regular season play. Injuries, however, gradually ate away at the starting
> line up throughout the season and by playoff time, the team was without
> several prominent players in their starting line up. To the credit of
> several players moving up from the Development Team, we were able to make
> the quarterfinal competitive but could not keep up with Waterloo who was
> more senior and deeper in talent.
> There have been highs and there have been lows, but in the end there have
> been lessons learned, skills developed, achievements to celebrate and
> relationships strengthened.  Through the last 4-5 years several players on
> our team have contributed much and we salute them as they move on to do
> great things beyond Ravens Rugby, perhaps within rugby, perhaps in the world
> of work, and or perhaps in the community. One thing is for sure: if you take
> the work ethic learned through Ravens Rugby, use the perseverance displayed
> by your teammates as an example to emulate, and pursue excellence in
> everything you do, you are bound to be a success in whatever you do,
> wherever you go.
> The Ravens Men's Soccer Team finished out their regular season last weekend
> at home to Queen's, having already clinched first place in the OUA East/West
> Division. The team now has a welcomed bye into the second round of playoffs
> and a chance to rest and recover from injuries accumulated over a long
> season. The Ravens first playoff game is this Sunday at 1:00pm at home at
> Keith Harris Stadium most likely against the Sir Wilfred Laurier University
> Golden Hawks. This will be the last home game for the team as the OUA Finals
> will be hosted by the highest remaining Western seed on the 6th and 7th of
> November.
> The first and second place finishers in the OUA qualify for the CIS
> Championships held in Montreal starting November 11th, with the final played
> on Sunday, the 14th. The Ravens are currently ranked 6th in the CIS national
> rankings and are focussing on a place in the final 6 in Montreal.
> Men's Soccer One Win away from National Championships
> On November, 6th and 7th the Men's Soccer team will be competing in the OUA
> Provincial Championships at the University of Western Ontario in London. The
> games on Saturday will pit the regular season champions from each division
> against each other.
> The first game sees the Brock Badgers take on the hosts, while the second
> game features the East Division regular season champion Ravens against the U
> of T Varsity Blues. Both semi-final games are of even more importance
> because it is the winners of these games that will qualify for the national
> championships as the two representative teams from the OUA. Provincial
> bragging rights are up for grabs on Sunday in the OUA final. The Raven's
> last trip to the OUA final in 2002 resulted in a lost to the Varsity Blues.
> If the team qualifies, CIS Championships take place in Montreal from
> Thursday November 11th to Sunday the 14th .
> The Carleton Men's and Women's Swim Team began their 2004-2005 season on the
> 3rd of October at Carleton University.  The meet wasn't officially scored,
> but the Ravens clearly dominated the Ottawa U Gee-Gees.  During the meet, 10
> women and 13 men made the OUA cut, with 5 other swimmers very close.
> Next, on Friday, October 15th, the team was on the road at Guelph where they
> faced off against Guelph and Queens to kick off their dual season. (The dual
> season can be viewed as the team's regular season.)  On the way, the bus
> broke down and caused the team to arrive late.  By this time, the meet was
> already under way.  At the end, the final scores for the women were Queens
> 105-Carleton 76, and Guelph 125-Carleton 67.  The men still managed to
> defeat Queen's by a score of 100-69, but fell to Guelph a heartbreaking
> 95-90.  One of the events missed was the 200 metre breaststroke.  A win in
> an individual event is worth 7 points, and veteran Keegan Harris, who was
> 10th at last year's CIS championship and is the current Carleton University
> record holder for the event, would have been able to take it with ease.
> This ended the Men's hopes of completing their dual season undefeated, a
> goal that was definitely achievable.
> At Saturday's OUA Sprint Meet, Carleton placed 2nd for the men and 3rd for
> the women. Rookie sprint/breaststroker Heather MacDonald was selected as the
> Carleton Female Athlete of the Week for making the CIS cut in the 50-meter
> breaststroke with a time of 35.25.
> Sunday yielded much better results.  Both the men and women swept the
> competition with score of Carleton 191-Trent 85 and Carleton 195-York 73 for
> the women, and Carleton 185-Trent 87 and Carleton 205-York 54 for the men.
> Next, the team faced off against Ottawa and Waterloo on the 24th of October,
> at Ottawa U.  The women were able to defeat Waterloo by a score of 148-84,
> but fell to Ottawa by a score of 130-104.  The men defeated Ottawa by a
> score of 141-89, and Waterloo by a score of 121-110.
> The women now stand with a dual record of 3-3, and have 12 swimmers
> qualified for OUAs, and one qualified for CIS.  The men stand with a dual
> record of 5-1 and have 14 swimmers qualified for OUA's.  Next the team will
> face off against Brock and Ottawa on the 6th of November, but the focus now
> turns to the Eynon Divisional Championships to be held at Laurentian on
> November 20-21.
> The women's water polo team had a strong start to the year, earning the
> silver medal at Carleton's Annual Early Bird Tournament.  The team put on a
> solid performance, defeating Queens, Carleton's Alumni team (ORCA) and
> Middlebury College to earn a spot in the finals.  In an exciting gold medal
> game, the Ravens fell short by one goal to the ORCA team, who was led by
> Team Canada member Marianne Illing.
> The Ravens were unfortunately unable to carry this momentum into their
> season openers, with a heart-wrenching 12-11 loss to York and a 13-6 loss to
> McMaster.  Sore and tired from playing a very physical Marauders team, the
> Ravens were only able to secure a 6-6 tie with Queens.
> But don't lose faith in your favourite women's water polo team yet.  With
> strong returning players, accomplished recruits, and an experienced coaching
> staff, the Ravens have the necessary ingredients for success.    
> The team is pumped to head down to Kingston October 30-31 and kick a little
> Gaels and Blues' derrière.
> There is one name that rarely goes unmentioned when it comes to the Carleton
> Ravens Women's Soccer team: Stacey Siopis.  The team co-captain's efforts,
> both on and off the field, rarely go unrecognised.  Throughout her five-year
> varsity career, Stacey has received a number of awards including team MVP,
> OUA All-star and Chatelaine's Woman of Distinction.  She was also named a
> representative for Canada at the World University Games. 
> Though Stacey is humble about the recognition she has received, none of her
> awards go undeserved.  On the field, Stacey is the backbone of Carleton's
> trademark defence.  She is often described as an explosive, aggressive,
> determined and physical player, and an integral part of the defensive line.
> She is often responsible for marking the opposition's most threatening
> striker, and is always able to shut them down.  Stacey plays with a
> competitive drive and will never let her man beat her.  Her determination to
> break her player down and never let them score has facilitated the team's
> defensive accomplishments over the last few years.
> Stacey also adds an important element to the team through her
> leadership.  Stacey naturally leads by example, her skill and drive as a
> player rubbing off on her teammates.  She also demands a calibre of play
> that is very high, and helps bring everyone up to their potential.  Though
> Stacey will always help out her fellow soccer players by telling them where
> to go and what to do, she will always point out the positives and let her
> players know what they're doing right.
> Though this November marks the end of her successful Carleton career, it is
> not the end of soccer for Stacey.  She plans to continue playing in the
> Ottawa indoor league this summer, and play club soccer in the local women's
> league.  Stacey does feel, however, that playing varsity soccer will be the
> highlight of her career, stating that "Carleton has made me into a better
> soccer player than I have ever been, or thought I would be". She also adds
> "You have to cherish every moment, every opportunity you get being on this
> team, and a part of Carleton athletics - it's all over so quickly.  I'd give
> anything to have it back all over again".
> Stacey's coaches and teammates would also give anything to have their
> defensive leader back for a sixth year.  It looks as if the team will have
> some huge cleats to fill come August.
> Heather Macdonald was 13 years old when she took her first plunge into
> competitive swimming - and she's been doing it ever since.  At 18, Macdonald
> left her small hometown, Edson, Alberta, to begin a busy future in Ottawa;
> no longer making waves in a pond, but rather an ocean. Under coach Alex
> Diep, she trained eight times a week with the Edson Orcas, often by herself
> because the majority of the swimmers on her team were under age ten.  Now at
> Carleton University, the first-year aerospace engineering student says she
> is being exposed to a team aspect of sport, for the first time in her life.
> "It's overwhelming because I've never seen so many people on deck before,"
> she says.  "I've never trained so fast in my life... like never.  There's a
> lot more motivation with the team.  I'm really impressed.  I've never been
> pushed like this in practice and it's obviously paying off."
> MacDonald says she has already swum personal best times in four events this
> year, despite the fact that the team is in the middle of hard training.
> Also says she like to race a good mix of everything, chuckling as she
> reveals her "secret love" for the 400-metre Individual Medley, a race where
> you swim 100 metres of each stroke.