2014 Season ...
Rath's late goal lifts Comets past Olympians
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.
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
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.
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
finishes first round in PCAC at 3-1
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
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
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,
(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
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
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.
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
15 saves helped lift the Comets past
Grossmont 13-10. DIRECTLY
Cameron Rath takes aim just before
scoring Palomar's third goal of the
Photos by Hugh Cox.
Evan Dean, who had six goals and six
steals in the Palomar win.
Logan Hurst, who scored two of the
Dean (6 goals, 6 steals), PC stop
MARCOS (9-17-2014) --
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
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
Rath and Dean topped off the win with
steals in the game's final two minutes.
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
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
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
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
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
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.