HARTFORD, Conn. — Bowdoin College raced out to an early lead on the road and went on to defeat Trinity, 71-36 in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game on Saturday.

With the win, the Polar Bears improved to 13-5 (3-2 NESCAC), while the Bantams fell to 9-6 (0-5 NESCAC).

Lauren Petit hit two of three treys for Bowdoin during a controlling 18-2 run to begin the game. The Polar Bears took the second quarter 16-9, and held a 34-16 lead at the halftime break.

The Bowdoin defense held Trinity to just 14-percent shooting from the floor and forced 26 turnovers. On the boards, the visitors held a 43-33 rebounding advantage and tallied 32 points off those turnovers.

Shannon Brady paced the Polar Bears with 19 points and nine boards, while Marle Curle chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Petit finished with 10 points and Abigail Kelly came off the bench to score eight.

Mackenzie Griffin led the way for Trinity, hitting 12-of- 12 free throws and scoring a team-high 14 points.

Cold shooting hampered Bowdoin in a 78-48 setback at the hands of Amherst on Friday evening.

Second-ranked Amherst remained unbeaten at 17-0 (4-0 NESCAC).

After Bowdoin took an early 2-0 lead, Amherst rolled off an 18-2 run that gave the hosts the lead for good. Amherst led 46-28 at halftime and used a 9-2 spurt out of halftime to put the game away.

The Polar Bears struggled from the field, connecting on just 29-percent of their shots, while Amherst netted 51-percent.

Amherst controlled the boards, owning a 44-26 edge on the glass.

Curle was the lone Polar Bear in double figures with 14 points.

Ali Doswell scored 19 with eight rebounds to lead Amherst, while Marley Giddins posted 17 and 10 boards.

Men’s basketball

Trinity used the 3-pointer to knock off Bowdoin, 85-66 in Saturday’s NESCAC game at Morrell Gymnasium.

Trinity continued its unbeaten streak in the conference and improved to 14-4 (5-0 NESCAC), while Bowdoin dropped to 8-7 (1-4 NESCAC).

The visiting Bantams never trailed, hitting four early treys to spark an early 16-4 lead. Trinity’s first six 3- point attempts fell, as it held a 22-10 lead at the 14:18 mark of the first half. Bowdoin responded with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to just four, but the Bantams countered with 7-0 and 9-3 runs to end the half with a 51-31 lead.

Lucas Hausman led all Bowdoin scorers with 14 points, while Jack Simonds chipped in 11 and Neil Fuller added 10 more and a gamehigh 12 rebounds.

Shay Ajayi paced Trinity with 19 points and was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Chris Turnbill had 14 points off the bench for the Bantams.

On Friday at Morrell Gymnasium, Amherst rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat Bowdoin, 92-78.

The eighth-ranked Jeffs remained unbeaten in conference play and improved to 14-2 (4-0 NESCAC).

Hausman led all scorers with 32 points while adding five rebounds. Simonds added 16 points in the loss.

Green paced Amherst with 27 points, including 18 in the second half, and was joined in double figures by four other players.

Women’s hockey

Bowdoin fell to Middlebury on Saturday, 4-2.

Following the weekend sweep, the Polar Bears fell to 6-7-1 (3-4-0 NESCAC), and the host Panthers moved to 9-3-3 (5-0-3 NESCAC).

Shanna Hickma opened the scoring for Middlebury when she received a pass from teammate Anna Van Kula and punched in a shot past goaltender Lan Crofton.

Bowdoin bounced back with a goal of its own when Miranda Bell skated down the right wing and punched a backhand goal in past Marisa Dreher in net.

The Panthers grabbed the lead back after a Maddie Winslow tip-in. With a 2-1 lead Jessica Young scored two goals in the final period for Middlebury.

Jessica Bowen scored Bowdoin’s second goal with 21 seconds left in regulation.

Crofton finished with 28 saves and Dreher 18. The Polar Bears were 0-for-1 on the power play, with the Panthers going 0-for-3.

On Friday, Bowdoin dropped a 2-0 decision to the Panthers.

Winslow had both goals for Middlebury.

Winslow lifted a loose puck over Sophia Lattanziowith with 15.4 seconds remaining in the first period to tally a power-play goal and put the Panthers up 1-0.

Middlebury doubled its lead 1:31 into the middle frame as Winslow put away her second. Lattanzio made the initial save on a one-timer by Elizabeth Wulf in the slot, but Winslow came in from the corner to tuck away the rebound.

Lattanzio made 28 saves in net for Bowdoin.

Indoor track

Bowdoin posted strong finishes at the Bowdoin Invitational II hosted at Farley Field House on Saturday.

The Polar Bear men took second place overall in an eight-team field, while the women’s team placed fourth of 10 teams.

On the men’s side, Jacob Ellis won the 800-meter race for Bowdoin in a time of 1:57.50. Stephan DeCarlo won the long jump with a height of 22-7, setting a personal best.

Joseph Staudt set a school record in the 60 hurdles in a time of 8.47, placing second by .01 seconds. John Keneally set a personal-best and earned second place overall in the 600 (1:23.87). John Pietro also set a personalbest and took a runner-up finish in the weight throw (47-05.75.).

Bowdoin’s4x400relay team placed second overall (3:27.46).

In the women’s meet, Bowdoin’s Meghan Bellerose placed second in the 800 (2:22.45), and Sarah Kelley (2:59.17) and Demi Feder (3:02.17) placed 2-3 in the 1,000.

Bowdoin took second place overall in the 4 x 200, 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 relays.

Carolyn Brady set a personal best for Bowdoin in the triple jump (33-10).