The visiting Bobcats, which were led by Carson Kalama's five goals and three assists, made a point of starting fast to get the home crowd out of it early.
"We definitely knew we had to jump on them, start off quick, and that's what we did by punching in five early goals," Kalama said.
Even as it went ahead, Bel Air kept its foot on the accelerator. At one point in the third quarter, the score had ballooned up to double digits in favor of the Bobcats. The deficit was the largest of the season for the Lions.
"It just seemed at one point in the game that nothing was going our way and a lot of credit to them for playing a big part in that," Howard coach Jimmy Creighton said. "They came out fired up and they dominated play."
Howard did close the game strong, closing to within five, 14-8, by the final whistle. Dan Kaplan and Nick Striebich ended up leading the way for the Lions with three goals apiece. Ultimately, it simply wasn't enough to get the program over that hump and into the state semifinals.
"From day one our goal has been to be playing in games like this, now the ultimate goal is to win games like this," Creighton said. "I'm absolutely proud of my team, they've played great and played hard all year long … but I'm not satisfied. I don't think anyone is going to be satisfied until we get that ultimate goal."
Glenelg 11, Marriotts Ridge 6
Goals: G - N. Wynne 4, M. Wynne 3, Darden 2, Wasson, Forrest; MR - Sullivan 2, Williams, Harrison, Kerr, Bradley.
Assists: G - N. Wynne 2, Wasson 2, Darden; MR - Sullivan, Williams, Bradley.
Saves: G - Marshall 10; MR - Schwarz 6.
Half: 6-4 G.
Bel Air 14, Howard 8
Goals: BA - Kalama 5, Hollenback 2, Jones 2, Fleagle 2, Creaghan, Bush, Hopkins; Ho - Kaplan 3, Striebich 3, Keohane, Wendt.
Assists: BA - Creaghan 3, Kalama 2, Hollenback, Bush; Ho - Mills 2, Gerus.
Saves: BA - Hanley 7; Ho - Mauser 9.
Half: 8-2 BA.