The eighth annual "College Crash Spiel" slid into action Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20-21 at the Belfast Curling Club, with 11 teams from eight colleges — including three from the Pine Tree State — who vied for supremacy on the ice.

By the end of the weekend, it was Yale University that went 4-0 and finished first, while Rochester Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Bowdoin University II rounded out the top four in tournament play.

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Teams from the University of Maine in Orono, Unity College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University also participated in the event. Bowdoin, Harvard and RPI each sent two teams to compete.

Results from the event were: Bowdoin I beat Harvard I, RPI I beat MIT, Yale beat RIT, RPI II beat Harvard II, Bowdoin I beat UMaine, RPI I beat Bowdoin II, Yale beat Unity, Harvard II beat MIT, RIT beat UMaine, Harvard I beat Bowdoin II, Bowdoin I beat RPI II, Yale beat RPI I, Harvard II beat RIT, Harvard I beat Unity, RPI I beat Harvard II, RPI II beat Harvard I, MIT beat UMaine, Bowdoin II beat MIT to finish fourth, RIT beat Unity to finish third, RPI II beat RPI I to finish second and Yale beat Bowdoin I to finish first.

In the College Curling USA Merit Point Standings, as of Dec. 18, Oklahoma (63.5) is the top-tanked team in the country, while RPI (58.45) is second, MIT (40.95) sixth, Bowdoin (37.375) eighth, RIT (33) 11th, Yale (30.6) 12th and UMaine (26.75) 16th.

The top 16 teams in the nation qualify for the national tournament, thus, six of the teams competing in the weekend’s event are among the top teams in the country. Bowdoin has qualified for the nationals each of the last two years.

Unity College, which includes Doug Cooper, Patrick Warner, Sam Holt and Howie Asal, does not have an official school-sponsored team and is not eligible for the national tournament or to collect Merit Points.

The Belfast Curling Club has three sheets of ice available for matches, thus, three matches at a time took place Saturday and through much of Sunday.

Douglas Coffin, who joined the curling club in 1980 and coordinates the college curling club, said interest in the sport typically peaks around the Winter Olympics, which will begin in February.

“This is a time where people notice this and want to know about it,” he said. “We always get a huge traffic increase every four years when the Olympics come around.”

The games are played as 4-on-4 with each team member to throw two stones, alternately, for a total of 16 stones. When all 16 stones are thrown, it is referred to as an “end.” Each game consists of eight ends and takes about two hours to play.

The idea is to slide the stone down the sheet of ice and get it to stop inside the circular bull's-eye, known as the “house.” Points are scored for the stones that rest closest to the center of the house at the conclusion of each end.

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