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Rath's late goal lifts Comets past Olympians

SAN MARCOS (10-01-2014) -- Cameron Rath (left) scored off a long assist from goalie Ryan Lozano int the closing seconds on Wednesday afternoon, giving Palomar a 16-15 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's water polo victory over visiting San Diego Mesa.

The win keeps Palomar (8-3, 4-1) in a first-place tie with Grossmont, while Mesa drops into third place with a 3-2 PCAC record.

The deciding goal came in stunning fashion at Wallace Memorial Pool after the Olympians, trailing by four goals at 15-11, struck for four unanswered goals with 3 minutes, 48 seconds, 3:11, 2:56 and 1:59 left in the game to pull even at 15-15. In complete control of the momentum, Mesa got possession of the ball back and appeared on the verge of putting the game away near the Palomar goal as the final seconds ticked down.

But the Comets' Nicholas Hendricks (above right) swiped the ball and flipped it back to Lozano. The PC goalie rifled a perfect pass all the way down the pool to Rath, who hammered home the game-winner with 8 seconds showing on the scoreboard clock.

Palomar pretty much dominated the game throughout until Mesa's late run, leading 6-3, 10-5 and 13-10 at the quarter marks. And the Comets opened up a four-goal lead twice in the fourth quarter.

Evan Dean bumped the lead from three goals back to four goals at 14-10 when he scored with 6:30 to play in the game.

After a Mesa goal, Logan Hurst extended the lead back to four again with 5:08 remaining when he scored from directly in front of the net.

And, when Hurst stole the ball with 4:30 left, the Comets had an opportunity to open their first five-goal advantage since halftime.

Palomar couldn't capitalize, however, and back came Mesa. Austin Collins had two of the goals in the Olympians' 4-0 suge. Mario Ochoa and Bryan Bare, who led all scorers with six goals, scored the other two goals in the run.

But that just set the stage for the steal, the assist and Rath's game-winning goal.

Dean (5 goals, 3 steals), Kody Moffatt (3 goals, 4 steals), Rath (3 goals, 3 steals), Hurst (2 goals, 3 steals), Hendricks (2 goals, 3 steals) and Lozano (12 saves and 2 assists) led Palomar statistically.

The Comets have won seven of their last eight games.

ABOVE: Goalie Adam Kelsey prevents a San Diego Miramar goal on this play on Wednesday in San Diego. He split time in the net with Ryan Lozano. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Neal Gorman. BELOW RIGHT: Logan Hurst. Gorman and Hurst helped lead the Comets to a 12-6 victory

Palomar finishes first round in PCAC at 3-1

SAN DIEGO (9-24-2014) / REVISED 9-25-2014 -- The Palomar men's water polo team, getting four goals each from Kody Moffatt and Logan Hurst, defeated San Diego Miramar 12-6 at Ned Baumer Aquatic Center at the Miramar campus on Wednesday.

The Comets advanced to 3-1 with one game remaining in the first round of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play and put themselves in a position in which they can move into a tie for first place with San Diego Mesa by beating the Olympians when they come home to begin the second round next Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Neal Gorman had four assists and three steals for Palomar. Ryan Sur and Andrew Houston also had three steals apiece. Adam Kelsey contributed 10 saves in goal. Ryan Lozano had five saves.

Comets go 3-1 at Mt. SAC tournament, take 2nd

WALNUT (9-19-2014) (9-20-2014) -- Led by 14 goals by Rich Farley (left), 11 by Kody Moffatt (right) and 10 by Evan Dean, Palomar won three of four games in the Mt. SAC Tournament on Friday and Saturday and wound up placing second in the tournament.

Palomar 16, Fullerton 14 -- Dean (4 goals), Farley (4 goals), Moffatt (3 goals, 3 assists, 4 steals), Cameron Rath (3 goals) led the Comets in the field in their tournament opener. Ryan Lozano had 8 saves in goal and added 2 assists.

Palomar 13, Santa Ana 5 -- Moffatt came up big in the Comets' second game on Friday with 4 goals, 3 assists and 2 steals. Rath tallied 3 goals. Farley had 3 goals and 2 steals, Colin Colas and Jonathon Baker each had 2 steals. Goalie Adam Kelsey contributed 6 saves.

Citrus 21, Palomar 13 -- The Owls handed the Comets their only loss in the tournament in the first game on Saturday. Farley scored 6 goals in the loss, Dean 3 goals and Moffatt 2 goals. Rath had 6 assists and 3 steals. Logan Hurst and Dean each had 2 steals. Lozano had 4 saves in the net.

Palomar 12, Mt. SAC 11 (OT) -- Farley (4 goals, 2 assists, 4 steals), Dean (3 goals, 2 assists), Moffatt (2 goals, 2 assists), Rath (2 goals, 4 steals) and Lozano (8 saves) led the Comets to victory in their final game of the round-robin tournament as they clinched second place.

TOP PHOTO: With water splashing in his eyes, Palomar goalie Ryan Lozano either didn't see this coming, had no time to react or both as he blocks the ball with his face on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool. Lozano's 15 saves helped lift the Comets past Grossmont 13-10. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Cameron Rath takes aim just before scoring Palomar's third goal of the afternoon. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Evan Dean, who had six goals and six steals in the Palomar win. BELOW RIGHT: Logan Hurst, who scored two of the Comets' goals

Dean (6 goals, 6 steals), PC stop '13 champions

SAN MARCOS (9-17-2014) -- Evan Dean came up big on Wednesday afternoon as Palomar's men's water polo team knocked off defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion Grossmont 13-10 in a PCAC match-up at Wallace Memorial Pool.

 Dean led the Comets (3-2 on the season, 2-1 in conference) with six goals and six assists. The sophomore out of Vista High School scored three goals in helping ignite the Comets to a 7-5 halftime lead, set the tone for the second half early in the third quarter with a goal in the first minute as he put the Palomar up by three goals, and added two quick goals to begin the fourth quarter to help the Comets retain a multiple-goal lead.

Dean also had a great deal of help from his friends.

Goalie Ryan Lozano contributed 15 big saves, many on bang-bang plays with the ball coming out of a crowd in front of the net. He also had five blocks.

Kody Moffatt, the fastest player in the pool, won the sprint to begin all four quarters and also added two goals, two assists and four steals. He converted a penalty shot midway through the third quarter, then stole the ball and assisted Logan Hurst on one of his two goals off a 2-on-0 fastbreak. That give Palomar its first four-goal lead with 1 minute, 34 seconds remaining in the period.

Jonathon Baker scored two goals, the second one off an assist from Moffatt with 5 minutes, 58 seconds left in the game which gave the Comets a four-goal lead for the second time, at 13-9. And Cameron Rath added a goal and three steals).

Rath and Dean topped off the win with steals in the game's final two minutes.

The defending champion Griffins got two goals each from Jorge Perez-Romo, Eddy Reuss and Darrow Riggs.

TOP PHOTO: Ryan Lozano, Palomar's first-half goalie, makes a bang-bang save in the Comets' 20-5 victory over Southwestern on Wednesday. SECOND FROM TOP: Adam Kelsey, the second-half goalie, also records a save.  -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets rock Jags' world, even PCAC record

SAN MARCOS (9-10-2014) -- Palomar had its way in the water in its home opener against Southwestern College on Wednesday afternoon at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The Comets, behind Cameron Rath's six goals and Evan Dean's five goals, jumped out to an 8-1 lead after the first quarter and continued on to a 20-5 victory as they evened their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record at 1-1.

Rath also had four assists and two steals. Rich Farley had two goals and two steals for coach Chad Aronen's Palomar team. Kody Moffatt and Neal Gorman each scored two goals.

Nicolas Cory Meyers, Jonathon Baker and Ryan Smethurst each added a goal.

Nicolas Mendenhall had four assists. Goalies Adam Kelsey (11 saves) and Ryan Lozano (nine saves, two assists) each played half the game in the net.

The Comets (2-2 overall) led 12-1 at halftime and 17-4 after the first three quarters.

Palomar splits at Golden West Mini-Tournament

HUNTINGTON BEACH (9-05-2014) -- Rebounding from a tough season-opening loss two days earlier, Palomar wasted no time picking up its first win of 2014 as the Comets' knocked off Ventura College 12-9 to begin the Golden West Mini-Tournament on Friday.

The Comets dropped their second game 19-10 to Los Angeles Valley.

Cameon Rath, Evan Dean, Rich Farley and Kody Moffatt combined for 15 of Palomar's 17 goals in the Ventura game as each of the four scored multiple times. Rath tallied five goals, Dean four goals, and Farley and Moffatt three each. Farley also had four steals and three saves.Moffatt added three saves. Jonathon Baker had three assists. Ryan Lozano contributed sevn savs in goal, Adam Kelsey five saves.

In the L.A. Valley game, Farley scored four goals, Logan Hurst three. Rath had two assists, Farley two steals and Kelsy eight saves.

Dean pumps in 6 goals but Comets fall in opener

SAN DIEGO (9-03-2014) -- Palomar's Evan Dean (left) scored six goals on Wednesday afternoon, but host San Diego Mesa won a season-opening match-up with the Comets 12-9 at the Olympians' pool.

Rich Farley, Cameron Rath and Logan Hurst tallied the Comets' other goals in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game.

Ryan Lozano contribed a team-high two steals for Palomar and also had six saves in goal.

The Comets will be back in action on Friday when the Comets play in the Golden West Mini-Tournament in Huntington Beach.


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