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Emma Thomas scores Palomar's first goal of the game one minute into the first quarter Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool. The Comets lost to defending state champion San Diego Mesa. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

'15 state champs beat PC for 1st time in 3 tries

SAN MARCOS (10-18-2016) -- The third time was definitely not the charm for Palomar's women's water polo team on Wednesday afternoon at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The Comets, who had beaten defending state community college champion San Diego Mesa twice by one goal earlier in the season, in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game Sept. 21 at Mesa and in a tournament game in the 19th San Diego Classic on Oct. 21, were unable to make it three straight wins over the Olympians.

Mesa won 9-5, taking a 6-1 halftime lead and continuing on to a PCAC victory.

Jazmin Handorf scored two Palomar goals. Sydney Thomas, Emma Thomas and Dallas Fatseas each added one goal. Fatsea's goal came on a penalty shot with 5:49 left in the first quarter and Handorf tallied her second goal at the 5:00 mark as the Comets closed an 8-3 gap to 8-5. But that was as close as they would get.

Palomar, which came into the game alone in first place, suffered its first conference loss and now finds itself in a battle with Grossmont and Mesa for the regular-season title with games remaining on the road at Southwestern and Grossmont next week.

PC wins 3 of 4, beats state champs again

SAN DIEGO (9-30-2016 / 10-01-2016) -- Palomar's women's water polo team won three of four games in the 19th San Diego Classic on Friday and Saturday at San Diego Mesa College and San Diego Miramar's Ned Baumer Aquatic Center.

One of the victims was defending state community college champion San Diego Mesa, for the second time this season.

Dallas Fatseas scored 5 goals and Emma Thomas (left) added 3 goals as the Comets opened play in the tournament with a 12-6 win over East Los Angeles at Mesa's pool. Jordan Heimback had 12 saves in goal and also contributed 3 assists.

In the second game, also at Mesa, Palomar turned back Ventura 14-11 behind Emma Thomas' 6 goals and 6 steals. Sydney Thomas had 3 goals and 4 steals. Jazmin Handorf and Torrey Hiring had 3 assists each. Heimbeck again totaled 12 saves.

Moving to the Miramar pool on Saturday, the Comets knocked off Mesa's defending state champions by one goal for the second time in 2016, winning 12-11 behnd 4 goals each by Sydney Thomas and Emma Thomas. Sydney Thomas, Rebekah Blackburn and Heimbeck contributed 3 assists each. Heimbeck also had 9 saves and 3 steals.

Sierra handed the Comets their only loss of the tournament 14-4 in the final game of the tournament later on Saturday, also at Miramar. Sydney Thomas had a goal and 6 steals for Palomar.

The Comets are 9-7 on the season.

The Comets' Torrey Hirning (No. 14) blocks a shot by the G-House's Sasha Helm just outside the goal in the sudden-death overtime period in Palomar's women's game with the Griffins. Grossmont won 7-6 in a game that was tied through regulation play and two regular overtimes. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Griffs battle 1-goal win in sudden death

SAN MARCOS (9-28-2016) -- Palomar's PCAC game with Grossmont on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool couldn't have had a closer ending.

The Griffins' Maddie Stockton scored at time expired in sudden-death overtime to turn back the Comets 7-6, handing them their first conference loss. The ball floated into the cage as most of the Palomar team thought time had already expired. But, after a short delay, the officials ruled that time hadn't expired, that it was a goal and the game was over.

Palomar, trailing 6-3, rallied for three straight goals by Dallas Fatseas, Sydney Thomas and Rebekah Blackburn, the latter coming off her own steal, to tie the game with 2:25 remaining. Jordan Heimback had a series of big saves, including one with 42 seconds showing on the clock.

The Comets are 6-6 on the season and 3-1 in the PCAC.

Comets dominate in 19-1 win over Jaguars

SAN MARCOS (9-26-2016) -- The Palomar women's water polo team schooled visiting Southwestern on Monday afternoon at Wallace Memorial Pool, winning a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game in dominating fashion 19-1.

Southwestern's men's team didn't have enough players so the second game of the doubleheader was cancelled.

In the women's game, Dallas Fatseas (left, 6 goals), Sydney Thomas (5 goals) and Emma Thomas (3 goals) led the way for Palomar offensively. Jazin Handorf had 8 assists for the Comets.

Fatseas recorded 7 steals, Emma and Sydney Thomas 5 each. Goalie Jordann Heimback contributed 8 blocks, 1 steal and 2 assists.

The Comets are 6-5, 3-0 in confrence play.

Hirning's 4 goals pave way against Rio Hondo

 WALNUT (9-23-2016) (9-24-2016) -- Torrey Hirning scored 4 goals to help lead Palomar to a 13-6 women's water polo victory over Rio Hondo in Saturday monring's game at the Mt. SAC Classic Marie T. Mills Aquatic Facility.

Sydney and Emma Thomas scored 3 goals each. Jazmin Handorf had 2 goals.  Dallas Fatseas contributed 6 steals, while Emma Thomas had 3 steals. Goalie Jordann Heimback had 9 blocks and 3 assists.

Other results with statistical leaders: Fullerton 13, Palomar 7 -- Goals: Jazmin Handorf 3. Steals: Handorf 3, Hirning 3. Saves: Heimback 15.

Santa Barbara CC 11, Palomar 2 -- Goals: Sydney Thomas and Fatseas 1 each. Steals: Emma Thomas and Hirning 3 each.  Goalie Stats: Heimback 9 blocks and 3 assists.

Citrus 9, Palomar 4 -- Goals: Emma Thomas 2. Steals: Fatseas 2. Goalie Stats: Heimback 9 saves and 2 steals.

In photo at the top, Sydnee Thomas scores a goal for Palomar in Tuesday's victory over defending state champion San Diego Mesa in San Diego. Directly above: goalie  with a block. The Comets won 6-5 in the second 3-minute sudden-death overtime period.-- Photos by Hugh Cox

Rowan's OT goal beats '15 state champs

SAN DIEGO (9-21-2016) -- Kelly Rowan, a freshman out of Great Oak High School, dropped in a goal early in the second 3-minute overtime on Wednesday, lifting visiting Palomar to a 6-5 women's water polo victory over defending CCCAA state champion San Diego Mesa.

Goalie Jordan Heimback had a big day for the Comets (4-2, 2-0) with 19 blocks, 6 steals and 2 assists.

Rebekah Blackburn scored 2 goals. Dallas Fatseas, Emma Thomas and Sydney Thomas each had 4 steals.

The score was tied 4-4 after regulation and 5-5 after each team scored in the first two 3-minute overtime periods.

Comets come from behind for PCAC win

SAN MARCOS (9-14-2016) -- Led by Emma Thomas (left) and Sydney Thomas (right), Palomar came from behind to win its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo opener on Wednsday, defeating San Diego Miramar 7-3 at Ned Baumer Aquatic Center.

Emma Thomas led the Comets (3-2 overall) with three goals and five steals. Sydney Thomas contributed two goals and four steals.

Other leaders for Palomar: Dallas Fatseas with three assists, and goalie Jordan Heimback with seven saves, two steals and two assists. The Comets trailed 1-0 after one quarter, then battled back to take a 3-1 halftime lead.

Palomar will play its home opener against defending California community college state champion San Diego Mesa on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Comets open season with a 2-2 split

MISSION VIEJO (9-10-2016) -- Palomar opened its 2016 women's water polo season with a pair of solid victories on Friday, defeating Saddleback 11-7 and Grossmont 7-2 on Day 1 of the Saddleback Tournament.

On Day 2, the Comets dropped back-to-back decisions to Sierra 12-6 and Fullerton 13-2 and will take a 2-2 record into their home opener, a Pacific Coast Athletic match-up against San Diego Miramar on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Miramar.

Palomar 11, Saddleback 7 -- Top scorer for the Comets was Emma Thomas (left) with 5 goals. Sydney Thomas contributed 6 steals. Jordann Heimback had 12 blocks in the goal.

Palomar 7, Grossmont 2 -- Emma Thomas scored 3 goals as Palomar came right back to defeat the Griffins. Jazmin Handorf had three steals. Helmback reocorded eight saves.

Sierra 12, Palomar 6 -- Rebekah Blackburn, Dydney Thomas, Emma Thomas, Jazmin Handorf and Dallas Fatseas scored 1 goal each for the Comets. Torrey Hirning had 4 assists, wth Sydney Thomas and Kelly Rowan adding 1 assist apiece. Emma Thomas contributed 5 steals. Heimback had 8 saves, 3 steals and 1 assist.

Fullerton 13, Palomar 2 -- Emma Thomas scored both the Comets' goals and led Palomar for the tournament with 11. Blackburn and Handorf assisted on the two goals. Heimback contributed 8 saves and 2 steals.


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