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Off-Season

6 more aquatics athletes transfer to 4-year level

IRVINE / ARKADELPHIA, Arkansas / LA VERNE / BOURBONNAIS, Illinois (8-20-2013) -- Six more men's and women's swimmers / water polo players are also moving on to compete at the four-year college level, joining Rhett Turvey, the state's leading 2012 water polo scorer who committed earlier to Concordia University of Irvine.

The additional swimmers / water polo players who are moving on are Wyatt Woodward (left) and Kevin Reichel (right), who both are joining Turvey at Concordia; Neil Fogel and Masaki Onoue, who both will join another ex-Comet, Kody Moffitt, at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR; former PCAC Women's Swimmer of the Year Melanie Consiglio to La Verne; and Laura Bryant to Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.

Woodward came to Palomar from Palm Springs High School; Reichel from Fallbrook High; Fogel from Palma High in Salinas and Onoue from Kyusya High School in Fakuda, Japan.

State goals champion Rhett Turvey, pitctured scoring against Grossmont College last Fall, will play for Concordia University of Irvine. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.

State scoring champion Turvey to Concordia

IRVINE (7-06-2013) -- Palomar's Rhett Turvey, who led led all state community college water polo players in scoring last Fall, has committed to Concordia University of Irvine.

Turvey, a sophomore from Vista High School who was a two-time first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selection, led the Comets to a 21-7 record during the 2012 season with a state-high 121 goals, 65 assists and 85 steals. Palomar advanced to the CCCAA State Community College Tournament, where the Comets were eliminated by eventual state third-place Cerritos 13-11 in the Southern California Regionals.

Turvey scored 235 goals for the Comets in two seasons.

Concordia is a member of the NAIA, which does not sponsor water polo as a sport, and instead plays an NCAA schedule. The Eagles went 12-10 in 2012, with four of those losses coming against three of the eventual Final Four teams -- national champion USC, national runner-up UCLA twice and Air Force.

Concordia was ranked as high as No. 19 nationally in the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll. The CWPA includes all four-year college teams in the country on all levels.

Turvey's commitment brings the list of Palomar athletes moving on to compete at the four-year level to 39.

2012 Season

ABOVE: Palomar's Danny Hartl controls the ball in Comets' 16-7 victory over San Diego Mesa in Friday's semifinal game in the conference tournament. BELOW: David Smithers looks to pass against the Olympians. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets fall in finals, play Cerritos in regionals

SAN DIEGO (11-02-2012 / 11-03-2012) -- Palomar's men's water polo squad saw a three-game win streak vs. Grossmont napped on Saturday as the Comets lost to the Griffins 11-9 in the finals of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championships.

Palomar (21-6, 6-2), ninth-ranked in the state, will play Cerritos on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. to begin the Southern California Regionals at Fulleron College. The Comets are seeded sixth in the regionals. The Falcons are seeded third and ranked No. 4 in the state.

Danny Tanner (left) scored four goals for the Comets against the unranked Griffins. Kevin Reichell contributed two goals, an assist and four steals. Brian Penney had two goals and four steals. Wyatt Woodward added three steals, and goalie Blaise Morales had seven saves.

Palomar downed San Diego Mesa 16-7 in the semifinals on Friday as Tanner had five goals, four assists and four steals. Woodward contributed four goals, two assists and four steals. Rhett Turvey had three goals, four assists and seven steals. Greg Knapp added two goals. Reichell had three assists and ouf steals. Morales had 11 saves in goal.

 Reichel and PC win 21-11 to end regular season

CHULA VISTA (10-24-2012) -- Kevin Reichel (left) scored five goals and added three steals Wednesday as Palomar downed Southwestern 21-11 to close out the regular season 20-5 and 5-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Rhett Turvey had three goals, three assists and three steals for the Comets, who will play in the PCAC tournament Friday and Saturday at Miramar College, which will determine the conference champion. Brad Penney added three goals and three steals.

Danny Tanner and Josh Shaner added two goals apiece. Stephen Keck, Greg Knapp, Danny Hartl, Wyatt Woodward and Clark Heckman each contributed one goal. Morales had one two saves. Knapp, Reichel, David Smithers, Weston Garretson and Montana Anaya ead one assist each. Knapp had three steals, Tanner and Harrison two each and Hartl, Woodward, Smithers, Heckman, Garretson and Anaya each had one.

Palomar jumped out to a 7-1 lead after one quarter and led 12-4 at halftime and 18-6 after three quarters.Morales had five saves, Tirian Harison one save. The Jaguars fell to 10-10, 1-5.

ABOVE: Kevin Reichel scores Palomar's 18th goal against Mesa on Tuesday. on Tuesday. BELOW LEFT: Goalie Blaise Morales notches one of his 14 saves in the 20-16 win. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW RIGHT: State scoring leader Rhett Trvey, who led the Comets with five goals

Comets close out home season by beating Mesa

SAN MARCOS (10-23-2012) -- Palomar closed out its home men's water polo season with a 20-16 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory over San Diego Mesa on Tuesday afternoon. State scoring leader Rhett Turvey (left), playing for the final time at Wallace Memorial Pool, pumped in six goals. He had four assists and two steals.

Greg Knapp scored five goals, Brian Penney four. Wyatt Woodward had two goals, five assists and six steals. Kevin Reichel, Danny Tanner and Josh Schaner added a goal apiece, and goalkeeper Blaise Morales contributed 14 saves.

Palomar led 10-5 at halftime and 16-10 after three quarters. The Comets were up 19-11 in the fourth quarter before coach Chad Aronen cleared his bench.

The Comets (19-5, 4-1) will seek their 20th victory in their regular-season finale on Wednesday in Chula Vista. The PCAC Tournament, which will decide the conference champion, will be played Nov. 2-3 at Miramar.

Falcons rally from 3-0 down, hand PC 3rd loss

NORWALK (10-10-2012) -- Cerritos came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Palomar's men's water polo team by two goals for the second time in six days, winning 10-8 on Wednesday night at the Falcon Aquatic Center.

The Falcons held the Comets' Rhett Turvey to one goal as they advanced to 18-7 on the season against one of the state's toughest schedules, which has taken them across the country to play some of the better four-year college teams on the East Coast. Palomar is 18-3.

Turvey leads the state in scoring with 102 goals.

Christian Cordoval scored five goals for sate sixth-ranked Cerritos, which had ended Palomar's 15-game win streak 18-16 last Friday in the Riverside Tournament.

Wyatt Woodward (above left) and Danny Tanner led the state ninth-ranked Comets with two goals each. Goalie Blaise Morales (above right) had 13 saves, the same number as Cerritos' Michael Skinas.

Cerritos ends streak 18-16; but PC wins next 3

RIVERSIDE (10-6-2012) -- Cerritos ended Palomar's 15-game men's water polo win streak over the weekend, knocking off the Comets 18-16 on Friday to begin the two-day Riverside Tournament.

But, led by 18 goals by Danny Tanner (left) and 14 goals by state scoring leader Rhett Turvey (right), the Comets battled back to win their last three games in the tournament and advanced to 18-2 on the season in the process.

Cerritos 18, Palomar 16 -- The Falcons (16-4), who began the season by going 6-2 against primarily four-year college opposition at the Naval Academy Labor Day Open at Annapolis, MD. while losing only to Johns Hopkins University and Navy, snapped the Comets' win streak in Friday's first game.

Christian Flores scored five goals for Cerritos. For Palomar, Tanner scored six goals and also had two steals. Turvey contributed five goals and three assists. Brian Penney and Weston Garretson ech had two goals. Kevin Reichell dished off two assist. Goalie Blaise Morales had nine saves.

Palomar 15, Orange Coast 9 -- The Comets rebounded into the win column as Tanner scored seven goals, Turvey had three goals, three assists and three steals and Wyatt Woodward had six assists and two steals. Garretson scored two goals. Reichel had three steals. Morales totaled 10 saves.

Palomar 13, Ventura 10 -- Turvey had three goals, two assists and three steals for the Comets, while Reichel had three goals, one assist and  three steals. Tanner (two goals, two assists), Woodward (two goals, four assusts), Garretson (two goals) and Morales (16 saves) also were major contributors for Palomar.

Palomar 9, Grossmont 6 -- The Comets tallied their third win over their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference rivals in a seven-day period as Tanner (three goals), Garretson (two goals), Turvey (one goal, two assists) and Morales (14 saves) led the way.


 
ABOVE: Rhett Turvey takes aim for one of his six goals to give the Comets a 5-4 lead over Grossmont with 2:01 remaining in the second quarter. LOWER LEFT: Kevin Reichel cocks his arm to score goal that tied  the game at 10-10 with 6:08 to play in the fourth quarter. LOWER RIGHT: Wyatt Woodward looks for an opening to past Grossmont defenders. -- Photos by Hugh Cox  
Turvey, Reichel and Morales lift PC past Griffs

SAN MARCOS (10-3-2012) -- Rhett Turvey scored six goals, Kevin Reichel had three goals to go with a big all-around game and Blaise Morales came up huge in goal with 15 saves on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The result: coach Chad Aronen's Palomar men's water polo team pulled out its 15th straight win, defeating traditional Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion Grossmont 12-11.

Along the way, the Comets (15-1, 3-1) not only defeated the Griffins for the second time in five days and the second time in three meetings on the season, but moved into a tie for first place in the PCAC.

Palomar took a 6-4 lead at halftime on four goals by Turvey and stretched its advantage to 7-4 when Danny Tanner scored 24 seconds into the third quarter. Grossmont came back to go in front 8-7 after three quarters and the Griffins led 9-8 a little over two minutes into the fourth quarter.

But Turvey put the Comets back on top 10-9 with a goal with 3:54 left, Reichel assisted on a back-handed goal by Brian Penney to make it 11-9 with 2:21 to play and Turvey, the state's leading scorer, made it 12-10 in the final minute with his sixth goal of the afternoon.

Tanner's steal with 36 seconds to play clinched the victory.

Tanner finished with two goals and three steals. Turvey also contributed two assists and three steals. Reichel had two assists.

Palomar had beaten Grossmont by an almost identical score12-10 on Saturday in the championship game of the Saddleback Invitational.

PC wins 4 more, tops Grossmont for tourney title

MISSION VIEJO (9-29-2012) -- Palomar's men's water polo team went 4-0 in the Saddleback Invitational over the weekend, running its winning streak to 14. The Comets defeated nemisis Grossmont 12-10 in the championship game to avenge their only loss of the season.

The Comets opened with a 14-6 win over host Saddleback as Rhett Turvey scored six goals and Danny Tanner tallied three. Blaise Morales had 16 goalie saves, Tirion Harrison three.

In Friday's second game, Palomar downed Santa Monica 15-9. Turvey had five goals, Tanner  four, Brian Penney three and Kevin Reichel two. Morales had nine saves in goal.

In Saturday's first game, Turvey scored three goals, Tanner two and Penney two in a 13-7 win vs. Santa Ana. Morales had 13 saves, Harrison six.

In the championship game win over Grossmont, Tanner scored four goals, Turvey and Penney three each and Gregg Knapp two. Morales had seven saves.

ABOVE: Kevin Reichel, whose biggest contribution on Wednesday was on defense, shows he can also score, dumping in Palomar's 12th goal  in Wednesday's 2012 home opener against Southwestern. BELOW: Tirion Harrison makes one of his nine saves late in the first half. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Home is where the heart is: Win streak reaches 10

SAN MARCOS (9-26-2012) -- After 10 straight games on the road to begin the season, Palomar's men's water polo team finally played at home at Wallace memoria Pool on Wednesday. The Comets notched their 10th win in a row, disposing of Southwestern 24-13 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Association match-up.

Palomar (10-1, 2-1), leading 12-9 after two quarters, broke open a close game by scoring 12 goals in the second half.

Danny Tanner led the Comets with eight goals. Weston Garretson led in assists with three and Brian Penney had five steals.

Rhett Turvey, the state community college leader in goals (66), assists (27) and points (136), contributed six goals. He also had an assist and four steals.

Kevin Reichel scored three goals., Montana Anaya and Garretson each had two goals. Matt Seikkula, Penney and Wyatt Woodward added one goal each.

Tirion Harrison had nine saves in goal.

The Comets gave Chad Aronen, a victory in his home debut as their head coach.

Turvey, Tanner score 16 goals; PC streak at 8

SAN DIEGO (9-25-2012) -- Palomar's men's water polo squad rolled into San Diego and demolished San Diego Mesa 22-10 on Tuesday as Rhett Turvey (left) and Danny Tanner combined for 16 goals.

Kevin Reichel (right) scored three goals as the Comets (9-1 on the season, 1-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) rolled to their ninth consecutive victory. Brian Penney, Danny Hartl and Wyatt Woodward each added one goal.

Blaise Morales (seven saves) and Tirion Harrison (three saves) split time in goal for Palomar.

The Comets turned the game into a blowout in a hurry, leading 8-1 after one quarter and 17-2 at halftime.

 Comets down 4 foes, capture Mt. SAC tourney

WALNUT (9-15-2012) -- Palomar ran its men's water polo win streak to eight games on Friday and Saturday and won the Mt. SAC Tournament with a 4-0 record.

The Comets defeated Fullerton 21-9, Santa Ana 11-3, Orange Coast 13-6 and Mt. SAC 20-12 in the championship game.

Rhett Turvey (left) led the Comets in three games, scoring 12 goals vs. Fullerton, four goals vs. Orange Coas and seven vs. Mt. SAC. Danny Tanner tallied four goals in the win over Santa Ana.

After a 27-goal week to begin the 2012 season, Palomar water polo player Rhett Turvey has been selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Ahlete of the Week for all sports. Here he scores in the fourth quarter of the Comets' game with Grossmont last Wednesday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Turvey Athlete of Week after 27-goal outburst

SAN DIEGO (911-2012) -- Palomar water polo player Rhett Turvey has been selected by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference as Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports for the week that ended Sunday.

Turvey, a sophomore out of Vista High Sxhool, scored 27 goals for Palomar in five games during the week, including 24 goals as the Comets went 4-0 and outscored their opponents 79-24 in the Citrus Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

At Citrus, Turvey opened the weekend by scoring seven goals to lead the Comets over Santa Monica 13-6. He tallied five goals in a 20-4 rout  of Los Angeles Trade Tech and three goals in a 20-5 victory over the NCAA's Caltech. He finished up with a nine-goal outburst as Palomar routed the host team, Citrus, 26-8.

Turvey had opened the first week of the season by scoring three goals in a 12-8 loss to perennial conference champion Grossmont.

Turvey, Comets go 4-0 in Citrus Tournament

GLENDORA (9-9-2012) -- Sophomore Rhett Turvey pumped 24 goals into the net Saturday and Sunday as the Palomar men's water polo squad swept to four wins in four games in the Citrus Tournament. The Comets defeated Santa Monica 13-6, Los Angeles Trade Tech 20-4, Caltech 20-5 and Citrus 26-8.

Turvey scored 7 goals and Wyatt Woodward added 2 goals vs. Santa Monica. Blaise Morales had 6 saves in goal.

Against L.A. Trade Tech, Turvey tallied 5 goals, Matt Seikkula 3, Danny Tanner 3, Woodward 2, Weston Garretson 2 and Josh Watts 2. Morales contributed 7 saves.

In the Caltech game, Brian Penney, Turvey and Tanner each had 3 goals. Seikkula, Montana Anaya and Travis Lane two each. Morales had 9 more assists.

Against Citrus, Turvey had 9  goals, Penney 3 and Greg Knapp, Danny Hartl, tanner and Garretson 2 each. Morales cotributed 8 saves.

ABOVE: Palomar goalie Blaise Morales records a save in the Comets'in season opener against Grossmont. Tanner scored three goals for the Comets. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.

Palomar drops season opener to Grossmont

SAN DIEGO (9-05-2012) -- Palomar was unable to win its season opener for new head men's water polo coach Chad Aronen on Wednesday, dropping a 12-8 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference decision to Grossmont at the Joan Kroc Center.

Rhett Turvey and Danny Tanner led the Comets with three goals apiece against the Griffins, who swept through an undefeated regular conference season in 2011.

Palomar trailed by only 3-2 after one quarter, then slowly slipped behind, trailing 8-4 at the half and 10-5 enterng the fourth quarter.

2011 Season

Comets fall to 1st-place team in PCAC finale

SAN DIEGO (10-26-11) (11-5-11) --Host Grossmont College topped off an undefeated Pacific Coast Athletic Conference regular-season schedule with a 22-12 win over the Comets at the Joan Kroc Center.

Rhett Turvey and Matt Marsden led Palomar (14-10, 5-3) with five goals each. Danny Hartl (left) added a goal apiece. Matt Seikkula had two assists. Knapp had five steals, Marsden two.

Both teams advance to the conference tournament, which will officially determine the PCAC champion, next week at Miramar College.

Note: The Comets lost to San Diego Mesa 14-11 inthe first round of the PCAC Tournament on Friday, Nov. 5.

Palomar avenges Oct. 26 loss to Southwestern

SAN MARCOS (10-24-11) -- Matt Marsden (left) pumped in six goals and Rhett Turvey (right) added four goals on Monday at Wallace Memorial Pool as Palomar's men's water polo team defeated Southwestern 15-7.

The win enabled the Comets to advance to 5-2 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play and avenge a 13-12 upset loss to the Jaguars back on Sept. 16 in Chula Vista. Palomar is 14-9 on the season.

Turvey also had nine steals and two assists in the victory. Danny Hartl contributed five steals, while Gregg Knapp had two goals and four steals. Stephen Keck and Matt Seikkula each added a goal.

Max Becerra had four saves playing the first half in goal for Palomar and also recorded three assists. He moved to the field and added a goal in the eecond half. Matt Margot played the second half in in the cage and had frive saves.

Golden West Tournament -- Palomar traveled to Huntington Beach and won three games while dropping one over the weekend at the Golden West College Tournament.

The Comets (13-9) defeated Chaffey, Fullerton and Ventura while losing to Orange Coast. Matt Marsden scored 19 goals for Palomar in four games. Rhett Turvey added 14 goals.

Palomar 15, Chaffey 11 -- Marsden led the Comets with 8 goals, 2 assists and 4 steals as they defeated the Panthers. Marsden (4 goals, 3 assists, 4 steals), Gregg Knapp (2 goals, 4 steals) and Danny Hartl (4 steals) also played key roles in the victory.

Palomar 10, Fullerton 7 -- The Comets were led in the winby Marsden (7 goals, 3 steals) and Knapp (3 assists, 5 steals). Goalie Matt Margot contributed 7 saves.

Orange Coast 12, Palomar 8 -- The Pirates won  ln Saturday's first game.. For Palomar, Marsden had 4goals,2assists and 5 steals.Knapp ontriuted 2 goals, 3 assists and 4 steals. Turvey had 2 assists for the second straight game and 4 steals. Matt Seikkula had 2 goals and 2 steals, while Margot had 5 saves in goal.

Palomar 10, Ventura 8 -- Marsden had 4 goals and 4 steals as the Comets rebounded to win their final game in the tournament. Hartl had 2 assists. Max Becerra had 5 saves in goal.

Palomar wins 16-14 at Mesa; 6 goals for Marsden

SAN DIEGO (10-19-11) -- Matt Marsden (left, 6 goals and 4 steals), Gary Knapp (right, 5 goals and 4 steals) and Rhett Turney (4 goals, 4 steals) led Palomar to a 16-14 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's water polo victory over host San Diego Mesa on Wednesday.

Stephen Keck tallied the Comets' other goal. Max Becerra had four saves in goal for Palomar.

The Comets are 20-8 on the season, 4-2 in the PCAC. The Olympians fall to 10-9, 3-4.

Turvey, Marsden, Knapp, Becerra key 20-6 win

SAN MARCOS (10-12-11) -- Palomar had its way with Miramar in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's water polol on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The Comets routed visiting Miramar 20-6. Rhett Turvey (left) scored seven goals,Matt Marsden five goals and Gregg Knapp four goals as Palomar advanced to 9-8 on the season, 3-2 in the PCAC.

Goalie Max Becerra (above right) notched five saves in holding the Jets to the six goals.

Marsden is PCAC Athlete of Week for all sports

SAN MARCOS (10-5-11) -- Palomar water polo player Matt Marsden has been selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for all sports.

Marsden, a sophomore from Carlsbad High School, had a big weekend as the Comets went 4-0 in the Saddleback Invitational Tournament.

Marsden scored 34 goals, an average of 8.5 goals per game, as the Comets defeated El Camino 18-7 and San Diego Mesa 18-15 on Friday, then came back Saturday to beat Merced 19-15 and host Saddleback 17-16.

 He's scored 45 goals on the season in 12 games.

Comets have 4-0 run through Saddleback tourney

MISSION VIEJO (10-2-11) -- The Palomar men's water polo team, coming off a two-game slide in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, rebounded over the weekend to go 4-0 in the Saddleback Invitational Tournament.

Led by Matt Marsden's 34 goals (above left) and 17 goals by Rhett Turvey (above right), coach B.B. Boynton's Comets (8-5 on  the season) defeated El Camino 18-7 and San Diego Mesa 18-15 on Friday, then came back Saturday to beat Merced 19-15 and host Saddleback 17-16.

Palomar 18, El Camino 7 -- Turvey (8 goals, 4 steals) and Marsden (4 goals, 4 steals) led the Comets in their tournament opener. Scott Butler contributed 4 steals.

Palomar 18, San Diego Mesa 15 -- Marsden had his best outing of the tournament, scoring 10 of the Comets' 18 goals. Gregg Knapp (5 goals, 5 steals), Danny Hartl (3 steals) and goalie Max Becerra (4 saves) also made significant contributions.

Palomar 19, Merced 15 -- Marsen (9 goals, 3 assists) and Turvey (8 goals, 3 steals) led the Comets.

Palomar 17, Saddleback 16 -- The Comets knocked off the tournament hosts behind Marsden's 9 goals and 3 assists. Turvey had 4 goals, 4 assists and 3 steals. Hurtl contriuted 3 steals. Becerra had his best game of the tournament with 12 saves.

ABOVE: Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week Rhett Turvey, who finished with six goals, scored Palomar's fifth goal Wednesday in the Comets' 22-17 shootout win over San Diego Mesa. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Gregg Knapp, who  for the Comets

Athlete of the Week Turvey, Comets batter Mesa

SAN MARCOS (9-21-11) -- Rhett Turvey kept his red-hot early season going with six and three steals on Wednesday as Palomar splashed past San Diego Mesa 22-17 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's water polo game at Wallace Memorial  Pool.

Turvey, a freshman from Vista High School and the reigning PCAC Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports, led the Comets (4-2, 2-0 in conference) with six goals and also had three steals.

Turvey has scored 38 goals in his first six games of his freshman season, coming in an eight-day period.

Matt Marsden (5 goals, 2 assists,3 steals) and Gregg Knapp (5 goals, 2 assists) also had big performances for coach B.B. Boynton's Palomar team.

Matt Seikkula and Grier Tague each tallied two goals.

Mesa is 2-5,1-2 in the conference.

Turvey scores 26 goals; Comets go 2-2 in tourney

WALNUT (9-16-11) (9-17-11) -- Rhett Turvey (left), a freshman from Vista High School, came up huge for Palomar's men's water polo team over the weekend as the Comets split four games in the 38th Annual Mt. SAC Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

Turvey finished the tournament with 26 goals, 3 assists and 17 steals.

Coach B.B. Boynton's squad opened the tournament by dropping an 18-12 decision to Fullerton. Turvey had 5 goals, 2 assistsand 4 steals in the game. Gregg Knapp contributed 4 goals, 2 assists and 2 steals. Matt Seikkula and Grier Tague had 2 steals apiece.

Turvey then pumped in 11 goals and added 5 steals in the Comets' 14-13 win over Chaffey. Knapp scored 2 goals. Taguecontributed 2 assists and 2 steals. Mark Bacerra had 8 saves in goal.

Citrus knocked off Palomar 12-9 despite Turvey's 4 goals and 5 steals. Seikkula scored 2 goals.

In their final game of the tournament, the Comets downed Southwestern 11-7, as Turvey scored 6 goals, passed off for an assist and added 3 steals. Knapp had 2 goals, 2 assists and 3 steals. Seikkula had 2 goals and 2 steals.

Palomar is 4-3 on the season going into its home conference opener on Wednesday at 2 p.m. vs. San Diego Mesa at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Turvey's 6 goals lead way; Comets win opener

SAN DIEGO (9-14-11) -- Rhett Turvey scored six goals, passed off for three assists and added five steals on Wednesday as Palomar opened its men's water polo season with a 15-7 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory over host Miramar.

Matt Marsden (3 goals, 1 assist), Grier Tague (3 goals, 2 steals) and Gregg Knapp (2 goals, 1 assist, 2 steals) also scored in double figures for coach B.B. Boynton's Comets.

Goalie Max Bacerra contributed 11 saves and three steals.

Palomar led 4-2 after one quarter, then extended its lead to 9-3 at halftime to blow the game open.

ABOVE: Matt Marsden (16), out of Carlsbad Hihg School, is the only returnee from Palomar's 2010 team -- File Photo by Deb Hellman. BELOW: Coach B.B. Boynton.

Comets new season Sept. 14 with new look

SAN DIEGO (8-26-11) -- Coach B.B. Boynton's Palomar men's water polo squad will have a new look this season with only one returnee, Matt Marsden, back from last year's team.

Marsden helped push the 2010 Comets to a 20-7 record and a tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship with 54 goals, which led the team. He also had 11 assists and 11 steals.

The Comets begin the season onn Wednesday, Sept. 14, with a PCAC road match-up with Miramar at 1:15 p.m.

2010 season

Palomar rolls up Miramar, claims 3rd in tourney

SAN DIEGO (11-6-10) -- Palomar placed third in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's water polo tournament on Saturday at the Miramar College / Ned Baumer Aquatic Center, outscoring the tourney host Jets 16-6.

Kyle Smethurst (left) and Cooper Durette (right) each scored tghree goals forf the Comets (20-6). Smedthurst also had three assists, while Durette contributed two steals. Sean Cope and Aaron Moser each contributed two goals and two assists.

Goalie Brian Kalen had 10 saves.

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Comets will open vs. RCC in regionals Thursday

SAN LUIS OBISPO (11-8-10) -- The Palomar men's water polo team is seeded 10th in Southern California and will open play on Thursday in the three-day, 10 team SoCal Regional Tournament at Cuesta College's pool.

Coach B.B. Boynton's Comets (20-6), who tied for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship and finished third in the PCAC Tournament, will play seventh-seeded Riverside Community College in the 2:30 p.m. game.

RCC (18-11) is ranked No. 8 in the state by the California Community College Men's Water Polo Coaches Association. The Tigers beat Palomar in a regular-season game 15-6 on Oct. 9.

The winner faces the No. 2 seed, Cuesta, in the quarterfinals on Friday at 5:45 p.m. The Cougars are 24-8. Golden West (21-5) is the No. 1 seed.

The top two finishers in the single-elimination tourney will advance to the CCCAA state Final Four on Nov. 19-20 at American River College in Sacramento.

REGIONAL BRACKET

ABOVE: Palomar's Sean Cope cocks arm just before he fires in goal for Palomar just before the half in Friday's PCAC men's tournament game vs. Grossmont. BELOW:  P.J. Worthington, who scored three goals for the Palomar men

Comets drop tough one 13-12 in first round

SAN DIEGO (11-5-10) -- Matt Marsden, Sean Cope and P.J. Worthington combined for 11 goals on Friday but Palomar dropped a 13-12 heartbreaker to Grossmont at the Miramar College / Ned Baumer Aquatic Center in the first round of the PCAC Tournament.

Marsden scored five goals for the Palomar men (19-6). Sean Cope had three goals and two assists, while P.J. Worthington also tallied three goals.

Kevin Reichel added two assists. Mitch Tenney had three assists and two steals, Kody Moffatt had two steals and goalie Brian Kalen made 12 saves.

ABOVE: Goalie Brian Kalen records one of his 21 saves in Thursday's victory over Grossmont. No. 11 is Kevin Reichel. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Goalie Brian Kalen, who had 21 saves for the Comets. BELOW RIGHT : Sean Cope, who contributed three goals, two assists and a save

Kalen (21 saves), Comets top Griffs, tie for title

SAN MARCOS (10-28-10) -- Goalie Brian Kalen recorded 21 saves, many of them spectacular including two crucial saves in the second overtime, as Palomar knocked off visiting Grossmont 13-11 in the final men's water polo game of the regular season on Thursday.

Matt Marsden scored four goals on a 4-for-6 afternoon and Sean Cope contributed three goals and Aaron Moser two goals at Wallace Memorial Pool as coach B.B. Boynton's Comets (19-5 including a forfeit wiln over Ventura, 6-2) tied the Griffins and San Diego Mesa for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's regular-season championship.

The tie breaker for the conference tournament is goal differential, and Mesa (17-9, 6-2) will go in as the No. 1 seed. Grossmont (15-10, 6-2) is the No. 2 seed, while Palomar the No. 3 seed, with the Comets and Griffins set to play in the first round next Friday, Nov. 5 at Miramar College.

Palomar led 3-2 after one quarter, trailed 6-5 at halftime, led 8-7 after three quarters on Cope's goal with 50 seconds remaining and the teams were tied 10-10 after regulation.

Grossmont led 10-9 in the fourth quarter when Kody Moffat scored off Moser's assist to send the game to the two three-minute overtimes.

Goals by Moser and Cope gave the Comets a 12-10 lead after the first overtime. Cope assisted on a Marsden goal with 1:47 left in the second OT. The Griffins closed the gap to 13-11 when UCLA transfer Tyler Ormsby scored with1:29 to play. That was the way the game ended.

Moffat, P.J. Worthington, Steve Swindell, Sven Alwerud and Moffat each tallied one goal for Palomar. Moser led in assists with four and also had four field blocks. Cope contributed two assists and a steal. Marsden and Moffat each had two steals and an assist. Mitch Tenney had two assists.

Kevin Reichel added an assist and a steal. Kyle Smethurst and Kenny Klotz each had one assist. Worthington also had an assist.

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Kalen named PCAC Athlete of Week for all sports

SAN DIEGO (11-3-10) --  Palomar water polo goalie Brian Kalen has been named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports.

Kalen, a sophomore from San Pasqual High School, contributed 21 saves in a 13-11 overtime victory over Grossmont that resulted in the Comets, Griffins and San Diego Mesa tying for the conference's regular-season championship.

If Grossmont would have won, it would have won the regular-season title outright.

Kalen is fourth in the state with 241 saves.

Palomar rolls to PCAC win, ups record to 17-6

CHULA VISTA (10-20-10) -- Sean Cope (left) scored four goals, passed off for three assists and also had three steals on Wednesday as Palomar downed Southwestern 23-8 in men's water polo to advance to 17-6 on the season and 5-2 in  Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play.

Sven Alwerud (above right), Kevin Reichel and Kyle Smethurst each added three goals for the Comets.

The Jaguars saw their record dip to 0-15 on the season and 0-6 in the conference.

Comets go 3-1 in tourney; Smethurst has 7 goals

SAN DIEGO (10-15-10) (10-16-10) -- Kyle Smethurst (left) scored seven goals on Friday and Saturday as the Palomar men's water polo team won three of four games in the  Miramar Jets Classic to advance to 16-6 for the season.

After Palomar got eight saves and three assists from goalie Brian Kalen in an 11-3 loss to Mt. SAC, the Comets came to life in the tournament.

Smethurst scored four goals and Cooper Durette tallied three goals in an 18-4 victory over Santa Monica. Garret Rutz and Kody Moffat each scored two goals. Shawn Moore contributed three assists, P.J. Worthington three steals.

The Comets routed host Miramar 13-3 as Aaron Moser (3 goals, 3 steals) and Kalen (10 saves) led the way. Sean Cope and Durette each tallied two goals. Mitch Tenney had three assists, and Kevin Reichel had four steals.

Palomar finished tournament play with a 21-7 rout over Southwestern, with Seasn Cope and Moffat each contributing three goals. Tenney had two goals and four assists. Danny Mahoney, Smethurst, Worthington and Steve Swindell each had two goals. Kalen had nine saves.

ABOVE: Palomar's Matt Marsden looks to pass the ball in Wednesday's 13-12 win over San Diego Mesa. BELOW LEFT: Sean Cope follows through after releasing the ball -- Photos by Deb Hellman. BELOW RIGHT: Goalie Brian Kalen, who had 12 saves and a steal.

Palomar holds off SD Mesa in 13-12 victory

SAN MARCOS (10-13-10) -- Matt Marsden stung San Diego Mesa for five goals and seven steals, goalie Brian Kalen contributed 12 saves and Sean Cope played airtight defense to prevent Olympians scoring leader Josh Grall from toucdhing the ball in the final minute to give Palomar a 13-12 victory on Wednesday.

After a tough loss to Pacific Coast Athletic Conference leader Grossmont on Tuesday in San Diego (see story, below), the win at Wallace Memorial Pool was crucial for the Comets both in keeping their hopes of tying for the regular-season championship and in positioning them for a favorable seed in the post-season PCAC tournament.

Cope fronted Grall as he denied him the ball after Mesa pulled to within one goal with four unanswered goals in the final 2 minutes, 33 seconds -- then got the ball back in the last minute.

"Sean played outstanding defense on him," Palomar coach B.B. Boynton said.

P.J. Worthington scored three goals for the Comets, who advanced to 12-5 on the season and 4-2 in conference while the Olympians fell to 12-8, 4-2. Cope had two goals, four steals and three assists. Sven Alwerud, Cooper Durette and Kody Moffat had one goal apiece..

Grall led Mesa with four goals.

Comets fall, miss on chance to tie for lead

SAN DIEGO (10-12-10) -- Palomar's Pacific Coast Conference men's water polo match-up with first-place Grossmont, which was previously postponed due to lightning and then an accident which closed Interstate 15, turned out to be worth the wait.

The teams battled back and forth in one of the best games of the season. The Comets, however, missed a golden opportunity to move into a tie for the conference lead with the Griffins, dropping a tough 12-10 decision at the Joan Kroc Center.

Cooper Durette (left) led Palomar (12-5, 3-2), which remains alone in second place, with three goals. P.J. Worthington (right) had two goals and four steals. Sean Cope and Matt Marsden each tallied two goals. Goalie Brian Kalen contributed 11 assists.

Grossmont moved to 13-4, 5-0.

ABOVE: Sean Cope scores Palomar's ninth goal in Saturday's 22-8 rout of Citrus. BELOW: Steve Swindell, in a crowd of defenders, extends his left hand and blocks an Owls shot. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets sink Owls 22-8, have won 11 of last 13

FULLERTON / GLENDORA (10-10-10) -- Palomar made it 11 victories in its last 13 games in men's water polo on Saturday as the Comets finished play in the 42nd Annual Citrus Invitational by routing the tournament host Owls 22-8.

Matt Marsden (4 goals), Sean Cope (3 goals, 3 steals), Kody Moffatt (3 goals, 3 assists) and Kevin Reichel (3 goals) combined for 13 goals to lead Palomar scorers as the tournament concluded a two-day run at Fullerton College and Citrus College..

Steve Swindell scored two goals and passed off for a game-high six assists for the Comets (12-4). Cooper Durette also contributed two goals.

Goalie Brian Kalen had 11 saves and also tacked on four assists.

Palomar will be back in action on Tuesday when the Comets return to Pacific Coast Conference action against Grossmont, which also is 12-4 on the season, at the Joan Kroc Center in San Diego at 2:15 p.m. The game was previously postponed twice, the first time because of near-by lightning and the second time when an accident closed Interstate 15.

ABOVE: Matt Marsden scores for Palomar to tie Palomar's game vs. Ventura at 12-12 and send it to overtime. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Danny Mahoney, who tallied three goals as the Comets downed Santa Monica. BELOW RIGHT: Wes Lauchner, who had three assists against the Corsairs.

Streak ends but Comets rebound vs. Corsairs

FULLERTON / GLENDORA (10-9-10) (10-10-10) -- Palomar saw its men's water polo win streak end at nine games on Friday when the Comets dropped a 16-15 overtime decision to Ventura to begin the 42nd Annual Citrus Invitational, being contested at Fullerton Collegedand Citrus College in Glendora.

The Comets then rebounded to defeat Santa Monica 16-10 in their second game.

On Saturday, Palomar lost its first game to state No. 8-ranked Riverside Community College 15-6 and take an 11-4 record into its second game Saturday.

In the victory over Santa Monica,  Danny Mahoney scored three goals to lead the Comets in scoring, while Wes Lauchnerled in assists with three and Aaron Moser led in steals with four.

Sven Alwerud (2 goals, 3 steals), Kevin Reichel (2 goals), Kenny Klotz (2 goals), and Brian Kalen (10 saves in goal) also came up big in the win.

Matt Marsden led the Comets in the Ventura game with five goals and three steals. Alwerud had four goals and two steals, while Kody Moffatt contributed two goals and two steals. Moser had four assists, Mitch Tenney three. Kalen had 16 saves.

Sven Alwerud (2 goals, 3 steals), Kevin Reichel (2 goals), Kenny Klotz (2 goals), and Brian Kalen (10 saves in goal) also came up big in the loss..

Palomar runs its winning streak to nine games

SAN DIEGO (10-6-10) -- Coach B.B. Boynton's Palomar men's water polo squad ran its winning streak to nine games on Wednesday afternoon.

The Comets defeated Miramar 13-6 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match-up at the Miramar College/Ned Baumer Aquatic Center.

Cooper Durette (left), Aaron Moser (right) and P.J. Worthington led Palomar (10-2, 3-1 in conference) with three goals apiece.

The Comets, coming off the championship of the Saddleback Tournament last weekend, also got two goals from Kody Moffatt and one goal each from Sven Alweruf and Kyle Smethurst.

Moser and Tenney each dished off three assists. Moffatt contributed five steals, Alweruf three and Durette two.

The Jets are 4-5, 1-4.

Cope is PCAC Athlete of Week for all sports

SAN DIEGO (10-5-10) -- Palomar driver Sean Cope, a freshman out of Vista High School, has been selected as the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports.

Cope has helped lead coach B.B. Boynton's team to a 9-2 start with 28 goals, 14 assists and 25 steals.

Cope scored 19 goals as the Comets went 4-0 to win the Saddleback Tournament over the weekend.

He played key roles in a 22-7 rout of El Camino (4 goals, 1 steal), a 20-6 victory over Santa Ana (4 goals, 1 assist), a 20-4 win over Santa Monica (7 goals, 2 assists, 6 steals) and a 18-10 win over Saddleback to wrap up the tourney championship (4 goals, 2 assists, 2 steals).


Game postponed again, now set for Oct. 12

SAN DIEGO (10-5-10) -- Palomar's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game against Grossmont at the Joan Kroc Center was postponed for the second time on Tuesday when an accident closed Interstate 15 and prevented the Comets from reaching the pool.

The game, which originally was postponed last Thursday because of lightning, has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m.    

Comets (79 goals) roll to 4 wins, take tourney

MISSION VIEJO (10-1-10) (10-2-10) -- Palomar's men's water polo squad got big scoring efforts from Kody Moffatt (left) on Friday and Sean Cope (right) on Saturday as the Comets won four straight games by a combined 79 goals-to-27 and the championship of the Saddleback Tournament.

On Friday, Palomar rocked El Camino College 22-7 and Santa Ana 20-6 to begin  the two-day Saddleback Tournament on Friday.

Kody Moffatt (above) led the Comets (now 9-2) over El Camino with four goals. Matt Marsden, Shawn Moore and P.J. Worthington had two goals each. Kyle Smethurst contributed three assists. Aaron Moser had three steals. Goalie Brian Kalen had eight saves.

In the win over Santa Ana, Cope led Palomar with four goals. Mitch Tenney had three assists. Kalen recorded 11 saves.

In Saturday's first game, Cope led the Comets to sa 20-4 rout of Santa Monica with seven goals and six steals. Kenny Klotz, Marsden, Moffatt and Kevin Reichel each tallied two goals. Tenny contributed three assists.

In the final game of the tournament, Palomar wrapped up the championship with a 17-10 win over host Saddleback as Cope and Marsden each tallied four goals. Tenney had six assists. Moffatt had three assists. P.J. Worthington recorded three steals. Kalen hadl 17 saves in goal, giving him 41 for the tournament.

ABOVE: Palomar's Mitch Tenney (14) steals the ball from Southwestern's Luis Pimental during the Comets' 18-5 victory over the Jaguars. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Cooper Durette (left) and Kody Moffat, who scored three goals each for the Comets.

Fundamentals order of day after PC leads by 13

SAN MARCOS (9-22-10) -- Palomar men's water polo coach B.B. Boynton had an opportunity to have his team work almost entirely on two facets of the game -- passing and defense -- in the second half of the Comets' 18-5 victory over winless Southwestern on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The Comets, who led 10-0 after one quarter and 17-4 at halftime, did not take a shot for the first 15 minutes, 11 seconds of the second half on the way to advancing to 5-2 on the season, 2-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Cooper Durette (above left), Matt Marsden and Kody Moffat (above right) led Palomar with three goals apiece. Garrett Rutz and Steve Swindell each had two goals.

Sean Cope contributed two assists and four steals. Aaron Moser had five saves in goal, Brian Kalen four saves.

Comets fall to Mounties, then win 3 games

WALNUT (9-17-10) (9-18-10) -- Palomar dropped its opening game in the Mt. SAC men's water polo tournament 12-10 on Friday, then rebounded to beat Los Angeles Valley 12-8 later in the day and down Saddleback 17-8 and Citrus 11-10 on Saturday.

Matt Marsden scored four goals against Mt. SACs. Sean Cope had three goals and two steals. P.J. Worthington tallied two goals, Steve Swidell contributed two steals and goalie Brian Kalen (above) had seven saves.

Worthington led the way in the win over L.A. Valley with four goals and five steals. Marsden tallied three goals. Aaron Moser and Mitch Tenney had four assists each. Kalen had 10 saves in goal.

in the victory over Saddleback, Marsden totaled five goals, two assists and two steals. Worthington contributed four goals and two steals. Sven Alwerud and Cope tallied two goals each. Tenney had six assists. Kalen notched 13 saves.

Palomar advanced to 4-2 on the season.

Comeback turns out to be too little, too late

SAN DIEGO (9-15-10) -- A late Palomar comeback fell short on Wednesday as the Comets saw their men's water polo record level off to 1-1 with an 15-11 road loss at San Diego Mesa.

The Comets, trailing 14-7 after three quarters, outscored the Olympians 4-1 in the final quarter but it wasn't enough to keep them from seeing their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record also did to .500.

Swen Alwerud (above left) and Matt Marsden led Palomar with three goals apiece. Marsden also had an assist and four steals.

P.J. Worthington (above right) contributed two goals, an assist and five steals. Sean Cope added one goal, one assist and three steals. Cooper Durette had one goal, one assist and one steal. Aaron Moser.

ABOVE: Palomar goalie Brian Kalen records one of his 10 saves against Miramar. No. 12 for the Comets is Kenny Klotz. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: P.J. Worthington, who led Palomar with three goals.

Nine players score as Comets gun down Jets

SAN MARCOS (9-8-10) -- Palomar put nine players in the scoring column on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool as the Comets opened their men's water polo season with a 16-7 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference rout of Miramar.

P.J. Worthington (above left) led the offensive onslaught with three goals, while goalie Brian Kalen recorded 10 saves in holding the Jets to seven goals.

Worthington broke a 1-1 tie with 4:16 remaining in the opening quarter when he scored a goal off Mitch Tenney's assist. That put the Comets up 2-1 and they led the rest of the way.

Palomar was up 4-3 after one quarter, 9-4 at halftime and 12-5 after three quarters. Worthington, Kyle Smethurst and Wes Lauchner broke the game open by scoring one goal each in a 2-minute, 16-second span in the second quarter. Aaron Moser assisted on Smethurst's goal.

Steve Swindell, Lauchner, kevin Reichel, Garrett Rutz and Kody Moffat tallied two goals apiece for the Comets. Tenney had three assists. Shawn Moore led in steals with four.

Comets will open season on Sept. 8 at home

SAN MARCOS (8-22-10) -- Coach B.B. Boynton's (left) Palomar men's water polo team will open its 2010 season on Wednesday, Sept. 8 against Miramar in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match-up at Wallace Memorial Pool. Game ime will be 3:15 p.m.

Along with a double-round robin PCAC schedule, the Comets also will play in the Mt. SAC, Saddleback, Citrus and Miramar tournaments.

Palomar's other home games will be played Sept. 22, Oct.  13 and Oct. 28 and the conference tournament will be contested at Miramar's pool on Nov. 5-6.

2009 Season

Kyle Smethurst, who finished with four goals and an assist, controls the ball for Palomar against Miramar. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Eighth win in 10 games to end regular season

SAN MARCOS (11-4-09) -- Coach Brian Boynton's  Palomar men's water polo team closed out the regular season with its eighth win in its last 10 games on Wednesday, routing Miramar 20-6 at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Kyle Smethurst came up big for the Comets with four goals and two assists. Wesley Lacroix (four goals, two steals), P.J. Worthington (four goals, one assist) and Mitch Tenney (four assists, five steals) also contributed large numbers for Palomar (13-11, 5-3).

Next up for the Comets: the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday and Saturday at the Joan Kroc Center  in San Diego.

Comets top Santa Ana, Saddleback and split

MISSION VIEJO (10-31-09) -- Palomar split on the second day of Saddleback Tournament No. 2  on Saturday.

The Comets defeated he host team,  Saddleback, 14-13 in overtime. Wesley Lacroix scored eight goals. Cooper Durette tallied three goals. Greg Merrill (left) contributed 12 saves in goal.

Palomar lost 13-6 to Pacific Coast Athletic Conference foe San Diego Mesa. Lacroix scored two goals for the Comets.

Palomar opened tournament play on Friday with a 12-9 victory over Santa Ana. the Comets got three goals from Durette (right), three assists from Mitch Tenney and 14 saves from Brian Kalen.

The Comets (11-10) then dropped a 16-9 decision to Fullerton. Sven Alwerud had three goals and Kalen eight saves in the loss.

Palomar is 12-11.

Hensley selected as PCAC Athlete of Week

SAN DIEGO (10-27-09) -- Palomar water polo player Jayce Hensley (left) has been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports.

Hensley, a freshman from Escondido High School, led the Comets to an 18-17 upset over state PCAC leader (and nine-consecutive time conference champion) and state No. 5 ranked Grossmont with five goals and five assists last Wednesday.

Hensley was a two-time all-league selection at Escondido.

Palomar stuns state No. 5-ranked Grossmont

SAN DIEGO (10-21-09) -- Jayce Hensley scored five goals and recorded five steals on Wednesday as coach Brian Boynton's Palomar men's water polo team upset state No.5-ranked Grossmont 18-17 at the Joan Kroc Center.

Wesley Lacroix had four goals and an assist for the Comets (10-9, 4-3 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) as the Griffins fell to 15-5, 5-1. Sven Alwerud contributed three goals, two assists and four steals. P.J. Worthington added three goals and four steals. Mitch Tenney (one goal, three assists, three steals) and Cooper Durette (one goal, two assists and a steal) and Kenny Klotz (one goal, one assist) also scored for Palomar.

Greg Merrill (right) had 10 saves and three steals in goal.

Lacroix dumps six goals into net in 21-16 win

SAN MARCOS (10-14-09) -- Wesley Lacroix (left) scored six goals on Wednesday as he led Palomar to a 21-16 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory over Southwestern at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Mitch Tenney contributed three goals and five assists for Palomar. P.J. Worthington also had three goals.

The victory moved the Comets to 9-9 in the on the season and 3-3 in conference play.

Comets sweep on Day 2; 8 goals for Lacroix

GLENDORA (10-10-09) -- Wesley Lacroix (left) scored eight goals on the second day of the Citrus Tournament on Saturday as Palomar went 2-0 to finish the two-day event with a 3-1 record.

The Comets knocked off Pacific Coast Athletic Conference rival San Diego Mesa 9-6 as Lacroix scored three goals, Seven Alwerud (left) contributed two goals and six steals and P.J. Worthington scored two goals. Aaron Moser had five Steals. Mitch Tenney contributed three assists. Greg Merrill had 10 saves in goal.

Palomar also beat Merced 11-10 behind five goals by Lacroix and three goals by Tenney. Moser had five steals. Merrill again contributed 10 saves. The Comets are 8-9 overall.

Comets open Citrus tourney with win, loss

GLENDORA (10-9-09) -- Palomar defeated Chaffey 10-9 as Chris Agelotti (left), Cooper Durette (right) and Aaron Moser each scored t2o goals. Jonathon Lunn recorded seven savesin goal.

Cuesta defeated the Comets 14-11 as the Cougars overcame five goals by Wesley Lacroix and three goals by P.J. Worthington. Greg Merrill had 12 saves.

The Comets take a 6-9 record into Saturday's second day of the tournament.

Palomar three goals short vs. 2nd-place Mesa

SAN DIEGO (10-7-09) -- Kenny Klotz (left) and P.J. Worthngton scored two goals each for the Comets in a 10-7 loss to San Diego Mesa on Wednesday in a Pacific Coast Athletic Association match-up in San Diego.

Mitch Tenney passed off for three assists. Brian Kalen (right) had eight saves in goal.

The Comets are 5-8, 2-3 in the PCAC. The Olympians, who are alone in second place behind conference leader Grossmont, moved to 8-5, 4-1.

Comets split 4 games at Saddleback event

MISSION VIEJO (10-2-09) / (10-3-2009) -- Palomar split four games in Saddleback Tournament No.1 Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Comets opened tournament play with a 12-10 win over El Camino College as P.J. Worthington (left), Jayce Hensley and Wesley Lacroix (right) each scored three goals.

Also on Friday, Palomar dropped al 17-16 decision to Modesto in overtime. Lacroix had six goals and two assists for the Comets. Worthington tallied four goals. Goalie Brian Kalen contributed 22 saves.

Host Saddleback knocked off the Comets 14-11 on Saturday as the Gauchos overcame four goals each by Lacroix and Mitch Tenney, Chris Agelotti's four steals and Kalen's 12 saves.

Palomar defeated Santa Monica 21-6, also on Saturday. Lacroix scored four goals, Hensley had three goals and three assists, Worthington contributed three goals and Agelotti had three steals.

Palomar beats Miramar, evens PCAC mark

SAN DIEGO (9-30-09) -- Palomar evened its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's water polo record at 2-2 on Wednesday, defeating host Miramar 13-8.

Cooper Durette (left) scored four goals and added an assist lead the Comets. Wesley Lacroix added two goals two assists and a steal.

Other scorers for Palomar: Aaron Moser (goal, five steals), Kenny Klotz (goal, five steals), Jayce Hensley (goal, four steals), Sven Alwerud (goal, two assists), Mitch Tenney (goal, two steals) James Botica (goal, steal) and  Chris Agelotti (goal, assist.

The Comets are 3-5 on the season. The Jets fall to 0-7, 0-4 in the PCAC.

Comets upset Div. I UC Davis, but drop three

WALNUT (9-20-09) -- After an 8-7 win over NCAA Division I opponent UC Davis to begin the tourney, the all-freshman Palomar team dropped three straight decisions, 15-6 to tournament host Mt. SAC, 12-11 to Citrus and 12-8 to Saddleback. Jayce Hensley (left) led the Comets in Saturday's two games with nine goals.

Chris Angelotti (riight) had two goals, a steal and an assist and seven different players scored to lift the Comets (2-5) over UC Davis. Goalie Jonathon Lunn recorded six saves compared to three goals against. The Aggies led 2-0 after the first quarter, the teams were tied at halftime and the Aggies led 5-4 after three quarters.

Sven Alwerud scored three goals against Mt. SAC. Wesley Lacroix contributed two goals.

Hensley had two goals and two steals, while Kyle Smethurst scored two goals, vs. Citrus.

Finally, against Saddleback, Hensley led Palomar with two goals and two steals. Cooper Durette added two goals and two steals.

Goalie Greg Merrill goes up to record a save against Grossmont. --  Photo by Hugh Cox

9-time champs hold off young Palomar team

SAN MARCOS (9-16-09) -- Palomar played nine-time defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's water polo champion Grossmont tough on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool before dropping a 17-9 decision to the Griffins.

The Comets, trailing by five goals at halftime, closed to within 10-7 early in the third period on goals by Wesley Lacroix and Jayce Hensley. But that was as close as coach Brian Boynton's all-freshman squad would get on an afternoon Israel Perez, the Griffins' leading scorer, tallied six goals.

"We played solid water polo in the first quarter (after which Palomar trailed 4-2) and came out strong at the beginning of the second half," Boynton said. "But we couldn't build on that."

Hensley had three goals and an assist for the Comets (1-2, 1-2). Lacroix had three goals and two steals. P.J. Worthington added two goals and two steals. Aaron Moser scored one goal.

Goalie Greg Merrill contributed seven saves.

Worthington, Lacroix, Comets even record

CHULA VISTA (9-9-09) -- Palomar evened its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and overall records at 1-1 on Wednesday, defeating host Southwestern 16-11.

Wesley Lacroix (4 goals, 6 assists, 6 steals) and P.J. Worthington (4 goals, 2 steals) led the Comets (1-1, 1-1 PCAC). Jayce Hensley (3 goals, 1 assist, 3 steals) and Chris Angelotti (1 goals, 1 assist) also had multiple goals. Brian Kalen had eight saves in goal, Jonathon Lunn six saves.

ABOVE:Kyle Smethurst scores goal for the Comets in Wednesday's season opener.. BELOW LEFT: Wesley Lacroix tallies Palomar's third goal in the first period to give Palomar a 3-1 lead. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Hensley debuts with six goals in '09 opener

SAN MARCOS (9-2-09) -- Jayce Hensley scored six goals in his first college game on Wednesday, but Palomar dropped its men's water polo opener 15-12 to San Diego Mesa at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The young Comets opened up an early 3-1 lead against the more experienced Olympians but were unableto hold on.

Hensley, a two-time all-league selection at Escondido High School, kept Palomar, which has an all-freshman team, in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game. But the Comets couldn't overcome a seven-goal performance by the Olympians' sophomore standout Nicholas Van Nordheim.

Kyle Smethurst and Wesley Lacroix scored two goals each for Palomar. Sean Moore and P.J. Worthington added one goal each.

Lacroix had four steals, Hensley three.


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