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Palomar's Dean makes All-State, All-American

SACRAMENTO (11-17-2014) -- Palomar water polo player Evan Dean (left), who previously was selected as Co-Player of the Year in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, has been named to the Community College All-American and All-State teams.

Teammate Rich Farley was selected All-State second team and first-team All-Southern California.

Chad Aronen, who guided the Comets to the PCAC championship and a final 18-9 overall record, missed being selected as state Co-Coach of the Year by one vote.

PCAC champion Comets eliminated in regionals

GLENDORA (11-14-2014) -- Los Angeles Valley eliminated Palomar from the Southern California community college men's water polo regionals on Friday night, defeating the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champions 18-12.

Kody Moffatt (left, three goals), Cameron Rath (right, two goals) and Colin Colas (two goals) had multiple goals for the Comets, who finished their season 18-9.

Ryan Rodriguez, Nicholas Hendricks, Jonathon Baker, Ryan Methurst and Evan Dean had one goal each.

Rath had two assists. Cory Meyers, Hendricks, Moffat, Nicholas Mendenhall, Baker, Arnie Schmidt and Brant Bosworth added one apiece.

Hendricks and Colas each contributed three steals. Moffatt and Ryan Lozano each had two steals. Rich Farley, Rath, Baker, Schmidt and Neal Gorman contributed one each.

Adam Kelsey had seven saves in goal. Lozano had five.

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Evan Dean (white hat), a sophomore out of Vista High School, was voted Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year by conference coaches.  Here he's shown knocking the ball out of San Diego Mesa's Alex Raineri's hands and stealing it in the first game of the PCAC Tournament. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Palomar's Chad Aronen (center, black shirt), pictured talking to his team during the same game, was honored as PCAC Coach of the Year. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Dean Co-Player of Year; Aronen Coach of Year

SAN DIEGO (11-11-2014) -- Evan Dean of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion Palomar has been voted as the conference's Co-Player of the Year along with Southwestern's Nick Howard by PCAC coaches. Palomar's Chad Aronen was selected as Coach of the Year.

Five Comets were selected to the first team, with Dean being joined by Kody Moffatt, Rich Farley, Ryan Lozano and Cameron Rath. Palomar's second-team selections were Jonathon Baker and Ryan Rodriguez. Arnie Schmidt and Adam Kelsey received honorable mention.

Goalie Ryan Lozano records a save as eventual champion Palomar defeats San Diego Mesa 10-9 on the first day of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference tournament. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

PC wins title, to play L.A. Valley in regionals

SAN DIEGO (11-08-2014) -- Evan Dean scored five goals and Rich Farley had three goals on Saturday as Palomar turned back Grossmont 10-8 at San Diego Miramar's Ned Baumer Aquatic Center to win the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship.

The victory in the PCAC Tournament championship game moves coach Chad Aronen's Comets to 18-8 on the season and runs their winning streak to eight games. Palomar is seeded sixth in the Southern California Regionals and will play its first game on Friday at 5:45 p.m. against the third seed, Los Angeles Valley at Citrus College.

Kody Moffat and Arnie Schmidt each added a goal for the Comets in the championship-game win over Grossmont. Cameron Rath contributed three assists and four steals, while Moffatt had three assists and three steals. Farley and Ryan Lozano also had three steals apiece, with Lozano making 14 saves in the net.

Palomar had opened the tournament on Friday with a 10-9 win over San Diego Mesa. Rath led with three goals and four steals, while Ryan Rodriguez, Farley and Dean had two goals each. Moffatt and Baker each passed off for three assists. Farley and Rodriguez had three assists each. Lozano had six goalie saves.

Palomar's Rath is named PCAC Athlete of Week

SAN DIEGO (11-03-2014) -- Palomar's Cameron Rath (water polo) has been honored as Men's Athlete of the Week by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Rath, a freshman attacker out of Poway High School, was a big factor as the Comets went 5-0 last week, running their record to 16-8 on the season and their win streak to six games.

Rath scored two goals and drew two ejections as the Palomar put 16 players in the goals column in a 28-5 PCAC victory over San Diego  Miramar. He also helped the Comets to a 4-0 record in the round-robin Saddleback Tournament 2, where they defeated El Camino 19-8, Santa Ana 17-6, Chaffey 12-4 and Saddleback 17-3.

Rath had three goals, three assists and three steals vs. el Camino. In the Santa Ana game, he contributed three goals and four assists. And he had five goals and three steals vs. Saddleback.

Comets go 4-0 in tourney, run win streak to 6

MISSION VIEJO (10-31-2014 / 11/01/2014) -- The Palomar men's water polo team warmed up for the this upcoming weekend's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Tournament by going 4-0 on Friday and Saturday at the round-robin Saddleback Tournament 2.

On Saturday, the Comets defeated Chaffey 12-4 and Saddleback 17-3. On Friday, Palomar had won its first two games of the tournament, downing El Camino 19-8 and Santa Ana 17-7.

The Comets ended the regular season with a 16-8 record and will take a six-game winning streak into the conference tournament.

Palomar 19, El Camino 8 -- Cameron Rath, a freshman attacker who was Poway High School's captain a year ago, continued his hot late-season surge as he led the Comets past the Warriors with 3 goals, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Evan Dean (above right) led the Comets also scored  goals. Kody Moffatt and Adam Kelsey dished off four assists each. Rich Farley had 3 steals. Ryan Lozano contributed 8 saves, Kelsey 7 saves

Palomar 17, Santa Ana 6 -- Dean came up big with 6 goals, while Rath contributed 3 goals and 4 assists. Farley had 3 assists. Jonathon Baker (steals), Kelsey (5 steals and  saves) and Lozano (3 saves) also contributed strong performances.

Palomar 12, Chaffey 4 -- Dean (4 goals, 3 steals), Farley (4 goals, 3 assists) and Lozano (13 saves, 2 steals) came up big. Jonathon Baker added 3 assists.

Palomar 17, Saddleback 3 -- Rath finished the tournament with a 5-goal outburst and also had 3 steals. Farley had 3 assists and 4 steals. Ryan Rodriguez had 3 assists. Kelsey had 17 savesin goal.

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Rich Farley takes aim on Wednesday vs. Miramar. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Cameron Rath, who scored two goals and drew two Miramar ejections. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Corey Meyers. BELOW RIGHT: Brant Bosworth. Meyers and Bosworth had three goals between them

16 Comets score in rout of Jets in home finale

SAN MARCOS (10-29-2014) -- The Palomar men's water polo team spread the wealth as 16 different players scored in Wednesday's final 2014 home game, a 28-5 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference rout of San Diego Miramar at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Eight players scored in double figures as coach Chad Aronen substituted early and often to be able to give the grinders who have seen little playing time more P.T., as well as more goal attempts.

The Comets' two biggest offensive threats, Evan Dean and Kody Moffatt, barely played as the game wore on and neither attempted a shot after Dean scored his fifth goal 2 minutes and 2 seconds into the second half.

Cory Meyers, Cameron Rath, Nicholas Mendenhall, Neal Gorman, Ryan Smethurst and Rich Farley tallied two goals apiece. Brant Bosworth, Andy Houston, Ryan Sur, Ryan Rodriguez, Mitchell Kirk, Jonathon Baker and Arnie Schmidt each added a goal.

Rath also drew two Miramar ejections.

Adam Kelsey, playing the entire game in goal, contributed six assists to go along with his eight saves. He shut out the Jets in the third quarter and allowed only one goal the entire second half.

The Comets began the game by jumping out to a 4-0 lead before Miramar got on the scoreboard -- on a goal by Moffatt, Rich Farley's goal off Rath's assist, Rodriguez' goal off another Farley assist and Dean's goal on a rebound off a missed shot.

The score was 8-3 after one quarter, 16-4 at the half and 23-4 after three quarters.

Palomar upped its record to 11-8 on the season and concluded its conference regular season 5-3..

The Comets will play in Saddleback's second tournament of the season on Friday and Saturday in their final warm-up for the conference tournament Nov. 7-8 at Miramar's Ned Baumer Aquatic Center.

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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