Two Maine colleges finished as runners-up — including Unity College in the C event — during the ninth annual College "Crash Spiel" Curling Bonspiel on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19-20 at the Belfast Curling Club.

The weekend's winter storm did not discourage college curling in Maine.

For the ninth year, Belfast opened its club to an all-college coed competition in the growing sport of curling.

Eleven teams from nine colleges and universities competed. University of Maine in Orono, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Unity College, Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University of Cambridge, Mass., Castleton University in Vermont, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. and Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. curled from 9 a.m. Saturday through Sunday morning's semifinals at 8:15 a.m. and the final A, B, and C events at 11 a.m.

Douglas Coffin of the Belfast Curling Club, who also participated for Unity, said since many teams came quite a distance to curl — Troy, N.Y., Boston, Mass., Castleton, Vt and New Haven, Conn. — all but one team elected to stay overnight Sunday and ride out the storm.

After the morning finals, all teams came back to the curling club Sunday night for a huge, convivial storm dinner and tuned into the New England Patriots football playoff game, Coffin said.

The results of the bonspiel included:

A event — MIT beat Bowdoin I.

B Event — RIT beat RPI I.

C event — Bowdoin/RIT beat Unity.

Coffin said Bowdoin was the top Maine college curling team for 2019 and its name will be engraved on the club trophy. Bowdoin also took those honors in 2018, while UMaine had bragging rights in 2017.

The games were 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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