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Off-Season ...

Jackie Puccino is elevated to head coach

SAN MARCOS (6-15-2016) -- Jackie Puccino, who was selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2014 even though she was an assistant coach, has been elevated to head coach of the Palomar women's water polo team.

The college's governing board approved Puccino's hire at its Tuesday meeting.

Puccino (left) has been an assistant for the Comets for four seasons, directing the team as game coach on the deck the last two seasons.

Puccino came out of Escondido High School to star for Palomar as a two-meter player in 2008 and 2009. She helped lead the Comets to the 2008 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship and, in 2009, was team captain, first-team all-conference and first-team All-Southern California. Puccino was the fourth-leading community college scorer in the state with 87 goals as a sophomore.

Puccino received a water polo scholarship to NCAA Division I Marist College of Poughkeepsie, New York where she played for two seasons. She led the Red Foxes in goals and assists and was team captain her senior year. She also played one season for Perth in Australia's Premier League

 She was head girls water polo coach at Cathedral Catholic High, and also has extensive coaching experience on the club level.

Puccino received her Associate of Arts degree from Palomar, a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Marist College and a Masters degree in physical eduction from Azusa Pacific University. She'll also serve as an adjunct professor at Palomar.

Jem McAdams will move over from head coach of the women's team to his original assignment as head coach of the men's team, athletic director Scott Cathcart announced. McAdams steps in for Chad Aronen, who stepped down to accept a fulltime public schools teaching job.

2015 Season ...

2015 Roster and Schedule

Lucy Gates, shooting the ball, was one of three Palomar players selected to the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first team. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Three Palomar players selected to first team

SAN DIEGO (12-8-2015) -- Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo coaches have named three Palomar players to the all-conference first team.

The Comets' selections were sophomores Kendyl Mundt, Lucy Gates and Kelsie Telson.

Palomar put two players on the second team, sophomores Emilee Foltz and Lauren Wimsatt. Morgan Brown made honorable mention.

Mundt scores 4 goals but Comets eliminated

WALNUT (11-10-2015) -- Kendyl Mundt scored four goals but Palomar was eliminated in the first round of the Southern California Regionals in women's water polo on Thursday, losing to Santa Barbara City College 10-5 at the Mt. SAC pool.

Madison Cumminskey had the Comets' other goal.

The Comets finished their season with a 15-12 record.

PC goes 1-1, reaches SoCal Championships

SAN DIEGO (11-06-2015) (11-07-2015) -- Palomar dropped an 11-8 decision to Grossmont in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo tournament on Friday at San Diego Miramar College's Ned Baumer Aquatics Center.

The Comets came back to defeat San Diego Mesa in the third-place game on Saturday as they qualified for the Southern California Regionals which begin a three-day run on Thursday at Mt. SAC's pool. Palomar will play Santa Barbara City College on the first day of the single-elimination event. Game time is 2:30 p.m.

Comets go 2-0 on 1st day at Battle at the Beach

LONG BEACH (10-23-2015) (10-24-2015) -- The Palomar women's water polo squad went 2-0 on the first day of the Battle at the Beach tournament at Long Beach City College on Friday.

The Comets tallied back-to-back victories over Pasadena City College 15-3 and Los Angeles Valley 13-11.

Lucy Gates (5 goals, 3 assists) and Kendyl Mundt (4 goals, 3 assists) led Palomar in the win over the Lancers. Morgan Brown had 7 saves in goal.

Lauren Wimsatt scored 7 goals and Mundt added 3 goals and 5 assists as the Comets defeated L.A. Valley. Gates added 2 goals. Brown had 5 saves.

Palomar dropped two games on Saturday, to Saddleback 16-9 and to Cypress 6-4.

Palomar's Lauren Wimsatt scores the winning goal with 36.8 seconds to play in the Comets' 11-10 victory over Grossmont on Tuesday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Wimsatt wins it with :36.8 left vs. G-House

SAN MARCOS (10-21-2015) -- Lauren Wimsatt scored the winning goal with 36.8 seconds remaining on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool as Palomar won its final regular-season game 11-10 over visiting Grossmont.

The Comets (12-8, 5-3) trailed through most of the game before outscoring the Griffins in the fourth quarter 5-3. Grossmont led 2-0 after one quarter, 7-4 at halftime and 7-6 entering the final period.

Wimsatt led Palomar with five goals. Dallas Fatseas and Lucy Gates each scored three goals.

The Comets will play in the Battle at the Beach tournament beginning Friday in Long Beach, then will play in the conference tournament at San Diego Miramar College on Nov. 6-7.

Fatseas pumps in 8 goals as PC wins by 19-3

SAN MARCOS (10-14-2015) -- Dallas Fatseas (left) took over control of the game Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool, scoring eight goals, as Palomar dominated Southwestern 19-3 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo game.

Kendyl Mundt, Lucy Gates and Lauren Wimsatt each tallied three goals for the Comets. Madison Cummiskey added two goals.

Palomar upped its record to 11-8 on the season, 4-3 in conference games.

The Comets will close out their conference season when they play host to Grossmont next Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Palomar wins 3 of 4 games, takes 3rd in Classic

SAN DIEGO (10-03-2015) -- Palomar won three of four games and placed third in the 18th San Diego Women's Classic water polo tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Undefeated San Diego Mesa won the tournament, hosted by Olympians and San Diego Miramar.

Palomar 19, East Los Angeles 5 -- The Comets won their tourney opener on Friday as Lucy Gates (left) led the way with 8 goals and 5 assists and goalie Morgan Brown totaled 11 saves. Lauren Wimsatt (right) had 4 goals and 3 steals for Palomar. Dallas Fatseas had 3 goals and 3 assists.

Palomar 14, Ventura 8 -- Gates totaled 4 goals, 4 assists and 3 steals and Wimsatt also contributed 4 goals to lead the Comets. Kendyl Mundt (2 goals, 5 steals), Emilee Folz (2 goals) and Broan (12 saves) also were major contributors.

San Joaquin Delta 16, Palomar 9 -- The Comets were one player down (5-on-6) against the Mustangs from Stockton for most of the third and fourth quarters due to two players receiving major penalties. Folz scored 3 toals, Fatseas 2 goals and Wimsatt 2 goals. Brown had 5 saves.

Palomar 9, Grossmont 8 -- In a matchup of two Pacific Coast Athletic Conference rivals, Mundt scored 6 goals and Gates had 2. Folz dished off 6 assists. Brown had 4 saves.

Comets rout Miramar 15-4 and move over .500

SAN DIEGO (9-30-2015) -- Palomar routed San Diego Miamar 15-4 on Wednesday at Ned Baumer Aquatic Center to up its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record to 3-2.

The Comets are 7-6 overall.

Palomar beats Cypress, L.A. Valley to go 2-2

WALNUT (9-26-2015) (9-27-2015) -- The Palomar women's water polo squad split its four games in the 19th Annual Mt. SAC Classic on Friday and Saturday to remain .500 on the season at 6-6.

On Friday, coach Jackie Puccino's Comets defeated Cypress 9-5 and lost to Citrus 10-9. On Saturday, Palomar lost to Orange Coast 13-9 but came back to defeat Los Angeles Valley 10-8.

Kendyl Mundt scored 13 goals for the Comets during the weekend.

Palomar 9, Citrus 5 -- Mundt scored 3 goals for the winners. Lucy Gates had 2 goals and 2 steals. Lauren Wimsatt also had 2 goals, Carley Woods scored 1 goal and Morgan Brown contributed 10 saves in goal.

Citrus 10, Palomar 9 – The Owls overcame strong performances by Mundt (5 goals), Wimsatt (3 goals), Dallas Fatseas (3 steals) and Brown (10 saves).

Orange Coast 13, Palomar 9 – Gates led with 5 goals, while Mundt had 3 assists and 3 steals. Wimsatt scored 3 goals and had 4 steals.

Palomar 10, L.A. Valley 8 – The Comets were led by Mundt (3 goals), Mimsatt (3 goals), Gates (2 goals, Fatseas (3 steals) and Brown (10 saves).

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Lucy Gates ties the game at 9-9 with 1:18 remaining in Monday's second overtime. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Goalie Morgan Brown rejects a Grossmont shot. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Short-handed Comets lose 10-9 in sudden death

SAN DIEGO (9-21-2015) -- Playing without any subs in the field, Palomar dropped an agonizing 10-9 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo decision to Grossmont in sudden death triple overtime on Monday at the Kroc Center.

Kendyl Mundt led the Comets with 5 goals. Lucy Gates had 3 goals. Morgan Brown contributed 17 blocks.

The Comets are 4-4, 4-2 in conference.

Gates, Mundt boost Palomar to blowout win

CHULA VISTA (9-16-2015) -- Led by Lucy Gates (left) and Kendyl Mundt (right), the Palomar women's water polo squad won for the second time in three Pacific Coast Athletic Conference games on Tuesday, 18-3 over Southwestern.

Gates and Mundt each had five goals and five assists. Mundt also had seven steals. Morgan Brown had 10 saves in goal for the Comets (4-3 overall).

The Jaguars fall to 0-6 on the year, 0-2 in the PCAC.

Comets split four games at Saddleback tourney

MISSION VIEJO (9-11-2015 / 9-12-2015) -- After dropping an 11-3 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference decision to San Diego Mesa on Wednesday at home, Palomar traveled to Mission Viejo over the weekend and went 2-2 in the Saddleback Invitational.

On Friday, the Comets rolled Southwestern 22-5 and lost to Fullerton 3-18. On Saturday, Palomar turned back Grossmont 7-5 but lost to the tournament host, Saddleback, 11-7.

The Comets are 3-3 on the season.

ABOVE: Palomar found itself up on Miramar 6-0 after this back-handed goal by Lauren Wimsatt. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Kendyl Mundt, who led the Comets with six goals in their 17-3 victory

Mundt's 6 goals lead Palomar to opening win

SAN MARCOS (9-2-2015) -- Kendyl Mundt pumped in six goals on Wednesday, doubling Miramar's total by herself, as Palomar opened its 2015 women's water polo season with a decisive 17-2 victory at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The season opener also was the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opener for the Comets.

Lucy Gates tallied four goals for the Comets. "Emily Foltz and Lauren Wimsatt each added two goals.

It was 4-0 after one quarter, 9-0 at halftime and 15-2 after three quarters.

2014 Season ...

2014 Palomar Women's Water Polo Team -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Emily Foltz (above, No. 11) and Kelly Harris (below) are first-team all-conference selections. Both are pictured in Palomar's 8-7 loss to eventual runner-up San Diego Mesa in the PCAC Tournament last weekend. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

2 PC players 1st team; Puccino Coach of Year

SAN DIEGO (11-12-2014) -- Palomar placed two players on the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first team in women's water polo.

Kelly Harris (left, photo by Hugh Cox), a sophomore, and Emilee Foltz, a freshman, were the Comets' selections.

Kendyl Mundt and Gabby White were selected to the second team, while Lauren Wimsatt was awarded honorable mention.

Palomar assistant coach Jackie Puccino, who coaches the team during games, was named conference Coach of the Year.

Alison Ford of champion Grossmont College, which defeated San Diego Mesa in the conference championship game, was Player of the Year.


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