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All-PCAC selection Bryant lands scholarship

BOURBONNAIS, Illinois (8-20-2013) -- One of  Palomar top players has accepted a four-year college scholarship.

Laura Bryant will play at Olivet Nazarene University, an NAIA college in Bourbonnais, IL.

Bryant came to Palomar from Escondido Charter High School. Besides starring in water polo, Bryant was one of the Comets' best swimmers.

Bryant was a 2012 first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference water polo selection, scoring 62 goals for the Comets. That placed her fourth on the PCAC leader list.

Bryant helped lead the Comets to the PCAC championship and a final overall 20-7 record.

She finished her two-year Palomar career with 86 goals, talling 24 goals as a freshman in 2011.

2012 season

PC tops Jags twice by 16-5, beats Griffs for title

CHULA VISTA (10-24-2012) / SAN DIEGO (11-2-2012, 11-3-2012) -- Palomar capped an unbeaten Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo season last week with three wins and the PCAC championship.

Coach Gubba Sheehy's Comets (20-6,10-0 in conference) took back-to-back 16-5 wins over Southwestern, one in Chula Vista to close the regular season and the other at Miramar College in the PCAC Tournament semifinals. Then, on Saturday, they downed Grossmont 12-6 in the tournament finals to win the 2012 conference championship.

In the PCAC title game, Casey Reid (above left) led the Comets past the Griffins with five goals, two assists and three steals and was named PCAC Women's Athlete of the Week for her performance. Nikki Prohaska and Michelle Thornbury each scored two goals and added two assists and two steals. Bria Harmon had two goals and four steals.

In the tournament semifinals, Laura Bryant scored five goals for Palomar. Reid contributed four goals, six assists and two steals. Nicole Prohaska also tallied four goals.

Goalie Heather Chance (above right) had 11 saves in the semis while playing one half and also had 11 saves in the championship game.

Reid,a freshman from Carlsbad High School, scored seven goals and Prohaska added three in the regular-season finale at Southwestern.

The Comets open play in the Southern California Regionals at Fullerton College against Los Angeles Pierce on Thursday at 12 noon.


Palomar, the seventh seed, was upset 8-7 Los Angeles Pierce, The Comets finished their overall season 20-7.

Comets down Mesa, move to 7-0 in conference

SAN MARCOS (10-22-2012) -- Led by five goals from Laura Bryant (left) and four from Casey Reed, Palomar defeated San Diego Mesa 17-10 on Monday at Wallace Memorial Pool to advance to 7-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (17-6 overall).

Coach Gubba Sheehy's Comets will close out the regular season on Wednesday at Southwestern at 2 p.m. with an opportunity to finish with an unbeaten record in conference for the second straight season. Next up for Palomar after that: the PCAC Tournament, which decides the conference championship, on Nov. 2-3 at Miramar.

Chloe Heath, Nikki Prohaska and Michelle Thorbury each tallied two goals for the Comets. Bria Harmon and Hailey Holthaus had one goal each. Reid dished of four assists, while Heath and Thorbury added three assists apiece. Reid and Thornbury each had two steals.

Heather Chance had nine saves in goal. Danielle Jauregui-Teta added two saves.

Palomar goes 2-2 in Battle at the Beach tourney

LONG BEACH (10-20-2012) -- After going 2-2 in the Battle at the Beach Tournament over the weekend, Palomar's women's water polo team will attempt to remain undefeated in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference when it hosts San Diego Mesa on Monday at 2 p.m. at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The Comets opened play in the Battle at the Beach, hosted by Long Beach City College, by defeating Cypress 5-3 on Friday. Casey Reid led Palomar with two goals. In its second game Friday, Palomar lost to Long Beach 5-2. Goalie Heather Chance (left) had 13 saves for the Comets.

On Saturday, the Comets got 14 saves from Chance in a 7-5 win over Mt. SAC. Michelle Thornbury scored three goals in the victory, Nikki Prohaska two goals. Cerritos downed Palomar 10-4 in Saturday's second game. Palomar is 16-6 on the sesason.

 Comets win 20-7, remain undefeated in PCAC

SAN DIEGO (10-17-2012) -- Laura Bryant (left) scored six goals and Nikki Prohaska (right) added four goals on Wednesday as Palomar ran its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo record to 6-0 with a 20-7 road victory over Miramar.

Amber Shaw tallied three goals for the Comets (14-4 overall). Heather Chance had eight saves, Dani Teta five saves in goal.

Palomar led 7-0 after one quarter, 11-2 at the half and 20-7 after three quarters.

Prohaska named conference Athlete of the Week

SAN DIEGO (10-9-2012) -- Palomar water polo player Nikki Prohaska has been selected as Women's Athletes of the Week for all sports by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Prohaska is tied for the scoring lead with Laura Bryant with 43 goals for Palomar's women's water polo team, which is 13-4 overall and 5-0 to lead the PCAC.

Last Wednesday, Prohaska scored the winning goal with 15.9 seconds left in the game on a long-range, blind, back-handed shot as the Comets defeated Grossmont 11-10.

Prohaska finished with three goals in the game.

ABOVE: Nikki Prohaska back-hands the winning goal, which came on a blind attempt, with 15.9 seconds remaining, to lift first-place Palomar to an 11-10 win over Grossmont on Wednesday. BELOW: Casey Reid's penalty shot with 1:30 left ties the game 10-10 and sets up Prohaska's game-winner. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Prohaska's no-look, back-hand goal at :15.9 wins

SAN MARCOS (10-3-2012) -- Without even looking in the direction of the net, Nikki Prohaska rocketed in the winning goal on a sudden back-handed shot with 15.9 seconds to play on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool, keeping first-place Palomar unbeaten in the PCAC with an 11-10 victory over Grossmont.

The Comets, trailing 10-9, had tied the Griffins with 1:30 to play when Casey Reid scored on a penalty shot.

Prohaska and Michelle Thornbury led Palomar with three goals each. Bria Harmon scored four goals.

Amber Shah, Laura Bryant and Reid each tallied one goal for the Comets.

Palomar  advanced to 13-4 on the season, 5-0 in conference.

Palomar downs Cypress for third at Miramar

SAN DIEGO (9-29-2012) -- The Palomar women's wat er polo squad defeated Southwestern 16-5 and  Chaffey 14-7, lost to Cerritos 9-7, then rebounded to down Cypress 9-7 in the third-place game at the two-day Miramar Tournament that concluded Saturday.

Against Southwestern, Laura Bryant scored four goals, Michelle Thornbury and Nicki Prohaska three apiece and Kylie Brown and Jessica Villarreal two each. Bria Harmon (four goals), Bryant (three goals) and goalie Heather Chance (nine saves) led the way vs. Chaffey. In the Cerritos game, Chloe Heath and Harmon each had two goals and Chance contributed eight saves.

Then, in the third-place game vs. Cypress, Prohaska (three goals), Bryant (two goals), Casey Reid (wo goals) and Harmon (two goals) provided the scoring. Chance had seven saves.

Palomar is 12-4 on the season.

Palomar's Laura Bryant stares down Southwestern goalie Nikki Sendt late in the second quarter of the Comets' 18-7 victory on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool. Bryant scored Palomar's 13th goal moments later. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets turn back Jaguars, remain alone in first

SAN MARCOS (9-26-2012) -- Palomar remained alone in first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo standings on Wednesday, defeating Southwestern 18-7 at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Laura Bryant scored eight goals to the way for the Comets. Chloe Heath, Bria Harmon, Jessica Villarreal and Nicki Prohaska each scored two goals. Michelle Thornbury and Calsey Reid contributed two goals each.

Palomar held leads of 6-1, 14-3 and 16-7 after the first three quarters in advancing to 9-3 on the season.

The Comes advanced to 4-0 in conference. Grossmont is in second place at 3-1.

Palomar is 3-0 in PCAC after routing Mesa 18-8

SAN DIEGO (9-24-2012) -- Visiting Palomar rocked San Diego Mesa 18-8 in a match-up of traditional women's water polo powers on Monday aferternoon to advance to 3-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Coach Gubba Sheehy's Comets, who are 8-3 overall, jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one quarter and led 9-2 at the half and 15-2 after three quarters.

Casey Reid and Laura Bryant led Palomar scorers with four goals each. Nicki Prohasta and Chloe Heath (left) each tallied three goals.

Palomar was coming off a 2-2 weekend at the Mt. SAC Tournament. There, the Comets defeated Rio Hondo 24-8 and lost to Fullerton 14-7 on Friday. On Saturday, Palomar lost to Orange Coast 11-7, then downed Santa Ana 17-6.

Comets shoot down Jets, off to 2-0 start in PCAC

SAN MARCOS (9-19-2012) -- Palomar rocked visiting Miramar 19-6 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo game at Wallace Memorial Pool on Wednesday and is 5-1 on the season, 2-0 in the PCAC.

Nicki Prohaska led coach Gubba Sheehy's Comets in their home opener by scoring four goals. Bria Harmon and Casey Reid each tacked on three goals.

Palomar led 6-2 after one quarter, 10-3 at halftime and 15-4 after three quarters.

ABOVE: Nikki Prohaska scored the third, fourth, and eighth goals for Palomar against Grossmont Tuesday, all on back-handed shots. This is goal No. 4 at 1:30 remaining in the first quarter, which gave the Comets a 4-1 lead. BELOW: Casey Reid scores Palomar's first goal of the season with 5:53 remaining in the first period. -- Photos by Hugh Cox.

Comets knock off Griffins in Sheehy's debut

SAN DIEGO (9-05-2012) -- The Palomar women's water polo team went on the road Wednesday and knocked off Grossmont 12-10 at the Joan Kroc Center to open the 2012 season and bring former U.S. Olympian Gubba Sheehy a winner in her debut as head coach.

Nikki Prohaska, a freshman from La Costa Canyon High School, led the Comets with five goals in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game. Goalie Heather Chance, a returning sophomore, had what Sheehy described as eight "strong" saves.

Bria Harmon and Casey Reid added two goals each.

2000 silver medalist is Comets' new head coach

SAN MARCOS (7-03-2012) -- Kathy "Gubba" Sheehy, who earned an Olympic silver medal as a member of the 2000 United States team, has been elevated to interim Palomar head women's water polo coach, for the 2012 season, athletic director Scott Cathcart announced.

Sheehy has been an assistant coach under Kelly Falcone  since 2010 and steps  into the head job as Falcone works on a doctorate degree in health science. Falcone, a former Palomar water polo player, will continue as a PC kinesiology professor.

Sheehy played at Cuesta College and San Diego State University where she was the Aztecs' Women's Athlete of the Year in 1992. She, played for 10 seasons for the U.S. National Team and was team captain from 1995-97. Sheehy was inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2010.

She was honored as USA Master's Player of the Year in 2010.

Sheehy also been head coach at Poway High School, where her 2006 team won a CIF San Diego Section championship,  La Costa Canyon High and Miramar College and has been been head coach of the U.S. National  B team.

Sheehy is a 1997 graduate of San Diego State and earned a Master's degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University in 2003.

2011 season

Comets win big on first day but lose title in OT

SAN DIEGO (11-4-11) (11-5-11) -- Palomar opened play in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo tournament at Miramar College by routing the host Jets 19-5 on Friday.

But the Comets, who had swept unbeaten through the conference's regular season, were upset Saturday by San Diego Mesa 8-6 in overtime for the PCAC title.

"It was sad," said coach Kelly Falcone, whose team came into Saturday morning's championship game with a 9-0 conference record.

On Friday, Kimi Walters and Charlie Warburton (above left) each scored five goals to lead the Comets over Miramar. Chelsea Menkee scored three toals, and Laura Bryant, Michelle Thornbury, Dani King, Jessica Villareal and Marissa Irabeta each tallied one goal.

Goalie Heather Chance recorded 15 saves.

In Saturday's upset loss, Thornbury, Walters,Warburton, Chloe Heath, King and Stephanie West had one goal each for Palomar (19-7 overall).

Comets end regular season unbeaten in PCAC

SAN DIEGO (10-26-11) -- Palomar will be top-seeded in next week's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference tournament, which will determine the PCAC champion.

The Comets earned the No. 1 seed by sweeping undefeated through their conference regular-season schedule, capped by a 6-4 victory over Grossmont on Wednesday at the Joan Kroc Center.

Palomar (18-6 overall) got  two goals, an assist and three steals from Charlie Warburton vs. the Griffins. Goalie Heather Chance (right) contributed eight more saves..

Chloe Heath had a goal and three steals. Chelsea Menkee and Kimi Walters each talled a goal. Michelle Thornbury contributed three assists and three steals. Dani King had two steals.

Conference selects Chance as Athlete of the Week

SAN MARCOS (10-24-11) -- Palomar goalie  Heather Chance above (left) is PCAC Women's Athlete of the Week for all sports.

Chance, the Comets' freshman goalie from Oceanside High School, recorded 29 saves last week as the PCAC-leading Comets defeated San Diego Mesa 6-3 to remain unbeaten in conference, then split four games against some of the state's best teams in the Bartle at the Beach hosted by Long Beach City College.

Chance had seven saves vs. Mesa, eight vs. South Coast Conference leader Cerritos, three vs. six-time state champion and Orange Empire Conference leader Golden West, seven in a 7-5 victory over Western State co-leader Cuesta and six in a 6-5 win over Chpress. Including five saves  in a 9-2 conferencewinover Ssouthwestern on Monday, Chance has 153 saves on he season.

PCAC leaders batter Jags, are 7-0 in conference

SAN MARCOS (10-24-11) -- First-place Palomar made its even wins without a loss in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in women's water polo on Monday, defeating visiting Southwestern 9-2 behind a smothering defese and another big game by goalie Heather Chance.

Chance (left) contributed five saves,

Marisa Iraheta (right) helped spark the Comets offensively with two goals  and three steals. Jessica Villareal had two goals and two assists. Kimi Walters added one goal and three steals.

Also for Palomar (17-6 overall), Aimee Esteves contributed one goal, two assists and a steal. Chloe Heath had one goal and four steals. Kylie Brown (3 assists), Dani King (1 goal, 1 assist, 1 steal), Chelsea Menkee (1 assist, 2 steals), Stephanie West (2 assists, 1 steal), Charlie Warburton (1 goal) and Hailey Holthaus (1 steal) also contributed.

Battle at the Beach hosted by Long Beach City College -- The Comets split four games in the tournament hosted by Long Beach City College over the weekend. They lost to Cerritos and Golden West on Friday, then bounced back on Saturday to beat Cuesta and Cypress.

Cerritos 12, Palomar 5 --  Michele Thornbury had 4 steals for the Comets (17-6)against the Falcons. Chloe Heath and DaniKing each added 3 steals. Heather Chance had 8 saves in goal.

Golden West 13, Palomar 4 -- Kimi Walters scored two goals for the Comets against the Rustlers in defeat.

Palomar 7, Cuesta 5 -- Thornbury led the Comets past the Cougars with 2 goals and 5 steals. Charlie Warburton  added 3 steals.Chance had 5 saves.

Palomar 8, Cypress 5 -- Laura Bryant (2 goals), Thornbury (5 steals), ,Warburton  (3 assists) and Chance (6 saves) led Palomar.

Comets down Mesa, remain alone in first place

SAN DIEGO (10-19-11) -- Palomar remained alone in first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference regular-season water polo race on Wednesday, defeating host San Diego Mesa 6-3.

Goalie Heather Chance (left) recorded seven saves in allowing only threegoals.

Michelle Thornbury (right) led the Comets (14-4, 6-0) in the field with two goals and five steals. Stephanie West also tallied two goals. Laura Bryant and Charlie Warburton had one goal apiece.

The Olympians are 11-7 overall, 3-4 in conference.

PC starts 3-1 at Miramar, falls in sudden death

SAN DIEGO (10-14-11 / 10-15-11) -- Coach Kelly Falcone's Palomar women's water polo squad won its first three games at the Miramar Jets Invitational on Friday and Saturday before losing its final game, 10-9 to Grossmont in sudden-death overtime.

Palomar 12, Santa Ana 2 -- Chloe Heath (above) led the Comets with four goals as they opened tourament play by routing the Dons. Charlie Warburton, Dani King and Stephanie West tallied two goals each. Chelsea Menkee and Kimi Walters added a goal apiece. Michelle Thorbury led in assists with three. Goalie Heather Chance had 15 saves.

Palomar 12, Saddleback 7 -- The Comets got four goals from Laura Bryant and three from Warburton to turn back the Gauchos. Walters, Menekee, Heath and King each added a goal. Menikee contributed four assists,
Thorbury three.

Palomar 8, Cypress 6 (OT) -- Palomar got 2 goals each from Bryant, Thornbury and Menikee as the Comets made it three straight wins over Orange Empire Confrerence teams to open the tournament. Warburton and King each scored a goal. Menikee and Tornbury each had four steals against the Chargers.

Geossmont 10, Palomar 9 (sudden-death OT) -- Menkee and Warburton led the Comets with three goals apiece. Ashhlee Esteves, Thornury and Hailey Holthaus each added a goal.

Palomar, which saw its seven-game win streak come to an end, is 13-4 on the season.

ABOVE: Goalie Heather Chance makes one of her 13 saves in Wednesday's win over Grossmont at Wallace Memorial Pool. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Chelsea Menkee, who scored two of Palomar's five goals and also had an assist 

Taking a chance pays off; Griffins lose in OT

SAN MARCOS (9-28-11) -- Palomar goalkeeper Heather Chance recorded 13 saves while allowing only three goals Wednesday.

In the process the Comets' women's water polo squad knocked off Grossmont 5-3 in overtime at Wallace Memorial Pool in the teams battle for the undisputed Pacific Coast Athletic Conference lead.

Chelsea Menkee led coach Kelly Falcone's Comets  (9-3. 4-0 PCAC) offensively with two goals and an assist, while contributing two steals defensively. Chloe Heath, Charlie Warburton and Michelle Thornbury added one goal apiece.

Thornbury, Warbutton and Danielle King added assists for Palomar.

The Comets got off 21 shots on goal.

Palomar led 1-0 after one quarter, and the game was tied 1-1 at halftime, 3-3 after three quarters and still 3-3 at the conclusion of regulation play.

Grossmont is 8-4 on the season, 3-1 in the PCAC.

Comets 2-2 at Mt. SAC, then dunk Jaguars

WALNUT (9-23-11, 9-24-11) / CHULA VISTA (9-26-11) -- The Palomar women's water polo team went 2-2 at the Mt. SAC Tournament over the weekend, defeating Saddleback and the host Mounties.

Coach Kelly Falcone's Comets then returned to San Diego County and blew out Southwestern 16-3 on Monday, running their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record to 3-0.

Chelsea Menkee (left) and Chloe Heath (right) led the way by scoring three goals each.

Palomar is 8-3 overall with a crucial 2 p.m. conference game coming up on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Palomar 10, Saddleback 6 -- The Comets opened the two-day Mt. SAC Tournament on Friday, splashing past the Gauchos as Laura Bryant, Kimi Walters,Charlie Warurton and Dani King each scored two goals. King also contributed four steals. Goalie Heather Chance had six saves. Palomar led 2-0 after one quarter and 5-1 at the half, and never was threatened.

Long Beach CC 10, Palomar 4 -- In the second game Saturday, Palomar fell behind 8-0 at halftime and never could escape from that hole. Menkee Heath, Warbuton and King each scored one goa in the loss. Michelle Thornbury and Hailey Hothouse had four steals apiece.

Cypress 10, Palomar (2 OT / Sudden Death) -- Warburton tallied three goals for the Comets in a tough loss in Sunday's first  game. Heath and Menkee scored two goals each. Walters and King ach added a goal. Menkee and Stephanie West each contributed five steals.

Palomar 12, Mt. SAC 11 (2 OT) -- The Comets rebounded to win their fourth and final game in the tournament. Menkee scored two goals. ryant and Thornbury tallied two goals apiece. Walters, Warburton, Heathand Hothouse each added a goal. Chance contributed seven sages in goal.

Palomar 16, Southwestern 3 -- Returning to PCAC action on Monday at Southwestern, the Comets turned a 6-3 halftime lead into a blowout by outscoring the Jaguars 10-0 in the second half. Along with Menkee's and Heath's four goals apiece, Hothouse and Kiley Brown each tallied two goals. King and West added a goal apiece.

ABOVE: Goalie Heather Chance blocks a San Diego Mesa shot late in the first half in Wednesday's 9-3 rout of Olympians at Wallace Memorial Pool.. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Chelsea Menkee, who scored two goals against the Olympians

Comets shut down Mesa with dominant defense

SAN MARCOS (9-21-11) -- Palomar opened its home water poloseason in dominating fashion on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool, utilizing a stiffling defense to down Pacific Coast Athletic Conference rival San Diego Mesa 9-3.

Goalie Heather Chance set the tone for the Palomar defense with eight saves.

Chelsea Menkee and Chloe Heath led coach Kelly Falcone's Comets (4-1, 2-0 PCAC) with three goals each. Laura Bryant and Kimi Walters scored two goals apiece.

Charlie Warburton contributed three seals.

The Olympians are 4-4 on the season, 1-2 in the conference.

Comets begin conference play with victory

SAN DIEGO (9-14-11) -- Palomar began its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo season and ran its overall record to4 4-1 with a 16-9 win over Miramar on Tuesday in the Jets' pool.

Kimi Walkers (4 goals), Chloe Heath (3 goals) and Chelsea Menkee (3 goals) led the Comets' attack offensively.

Heather Chance contributed 10 saves in goal.

ABOVE PHOTO: Chloe Heath scores Palomar's first goal of the game in 16-9 victory over Miramar (Photo y Hugh Cox)

Comets go 3-1, finish 5th at Saddleback tourney

MISSION VIEJO (9-9-11 / 9-10-11) -- After dropping a 7-5 heartbreaker to Ventura in their first game on Friday, the Palomar women's water polo team won three straight to place seventh in the Saddleback Tournament that completed a two-day run Saturday.

In the Ventura game, Danbi King scored 2 goals to lead the Comets. Chloe Heath, Kimi Walters and Chelsea Menkee had 1 goal each.

Palomar rebounded to defeat 14-2 in Friday's second game, getting 4 goals from Menkee, 3 from Jessica Villareal and 2 each from Hailey Hothouse and Heath. Menkee had 4 assists and goalie Heather Chance contributed 8 blocks. 

The Comets came back to win their first game Saturday morning over Saddleback 8-7 as Charlie Warburton tallied 3 goals. Waltersand and Chance strung 7 blocks together.

Palomar closed out the tournament with a 12-6 victory over Mt. SAC. Warburton drilled in 4 goals, Walters 3 and King 2. Menkee had 5 assists, and Chance had 7 saves.

Women slated to open 2011 season on Sept. 9

SAN MARCOS (8-28-11) -- The Palomar women's water polo squad, under coach Kelly Falcone (left), will begin its 2011 season at the Saddleback Tournament on Sept.9 and 10.

The Comets will open their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference season on Sept. 14 when they travel to Miramar College for a 2:30

Palomar will play its home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 21, against San Diego Mesa at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The PCAC match-up is slated for a 2 p.m. start.

2010 season

Comets rebound to finish 3rd in PCAC tourney

SAN DIEGO (11-6-10) -- Palomar's women's water polo team bounced back from Friday's loss to San Diego Mesa to finish third in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday, defeating tourney host Miramar 11-10.

Colette Reid (left), Kim Walters (right) and Sally Aster each scored three goals. Reid finished with eight goals in two games in the tournament. Walters finished with seven goals.

Carissa Gibbons and Alycia Potter each tallied one goal for Palomar (13-13).

On Friday, Palomar dropped a 12-10 decision to San Diego Mesa to begin the tournament. Reid tallied five goals, Walters four and Dani King one.

ABOVE: Colette Reid , who scored three of Palomar's seven goals, pulls the Comets even at 6-6 with 1:51 left in the fourth quarter. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Sally Aster, who scored Palomar's first goal with 59 seconds to play in the third quarter.

Big comeback falls just short vs. PCAC champs

SAN MARCOS (10-28-10) -- Palomar was unable to beat Pacific Coast Athletic Conference regular-season champion Grossmont for the second time in six days on Thursday in the final game of the regular season.

But the Comets, who mounted a huge comeback after being shut out for just under three quarters, could not have come any closer to doing exactly that.

The Comets, trailing the Griffins 5-0 with one minute left in the third quarter, rallied to tie the game and send it to the two mandated three-minute overtimes, where Grossmont won it 9-7.

The Griffins outscored the Comets 3-1 in the two extra sessions. Grossmont finished the regular season 17-7, 8-0 in conference. Palomar, which finished alone in second place, will take records of 12-12, 5-3 into the conference tournament.

Colette Reid scored three goals for Palomar.

Trailing by the five goals, the Comets rebounded to tie it up 7-7 after regulation on goals by Sally Aster, Alicia Potter, Reid, Carlissa Gibbons, Kim Walters, Reid again and Reid once again, Reid's third score coming with exactly one minute left.

The Griffins scored in the first OT on goals lby River Croteau-Hanson and Cecy Inzunza to end it.

Both teams now move on to the conference tournament which becomes a two-day run next Friday, Nov. 5, at Miramar College.

Comets top PCAC leader, 10th-ranked G-House

LONG BEACH / CYPRESS (10-22-10) (10-23-10) -- The Palomar women's water polo team faced four state Top Ten teams at the weekend's 13th truWest Battle at the Beach tournament hosted by Long Beach City College.

The Comets pinned a 5-4 loss on state No. 10-ranked and Pacific Coast Athletic Conference-leading Grossmont but were defeated by No. 2 Long Beach 13-6, No. 8 Orange Coast 12-8 and No. 5 Cerritos 15-5.

Palomar will host Grossmont in a PCAC match-up on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Wallace Memorial Pool. The Comets' men's team, which is tied with the Griffins and San Diego Mesa for first place, will host Grossmnt at 3:15.

State No. 2 Long Beach City College 13, Palomar 6 -- Shelly Aster (left) and Alicia Potter (right) each scored two goals for the Comets.

State No. 8 Orange Coast 12, Palomar 8 -- Kim Walters and Colette Reid each tallied three goals for the Comets. Aster had five steals.

Palomar 5, State No. 10-ranked Grossmont 4 -- The Comets knocked off the Griffins as Walters led the way with two goals and three steals. Amanda Vandewarker contributed three assists.

State No. 5-ranked Cerritos 15, Palomar 5 -- Reid scored three goals for Palomar in defeat. Aster dished off three assists. Goalie Vanessa Fenley logged eight saves.

Palomar gets 3 multi-goal games in victory

CHULA VISTA (10-20-10) -- Coach Kelly Falcone's Palomar women's water polo squad got multi-goal performances from three players on the way to a 14-4 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory at Southwestern on Wednesday afternoon.

Kim Walters (left) scored four goals, Colette Reid three and Dani King two.Krystle Green, Melanie Consiglio, Amanda Vandewarker, Sally Aster and Carissa Gibbons each added a goal for the Comets (11-8 overall, 5-2 in conference).

Palomar jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one quarter and stretched its lead to 9-0 at halftime against the Jaguars (2-16, 0-6).

Palomar goes 2-2 at Miramar; 10 goals for Reid

SAN DIEGO (10-15-10) (10-16-10) -- Colette Reid (left)scored 10 goals as Palomar's women's water polo team split its four games in the Miramar Jets Classic on Friday and Saturday.

The Comets, down 6-4 entering the fourth quarter, defeated host Miramar 9-8 in their first game. Sally Aster scored four goals for Palomar.

Reid had three goals in the second game, an 8-5 loss to Grossmont.

On Saturday, the Comets rebounded to take out Cypress 5-4 as Reid again scored three goals.

Palomar closed out the tournament by dropping an 8-7 decision to Saddleback in overtime. Kim Walters had two goals for the Comets (10-8).

ABOVE: Palomar's Colette Reid looks down the pool for an open player in Wednesday's victory over San Diego Mesa.. -- Photo by Deb Hellman. BELOW LEFT: Kimberly Walters, who led the Comets with four goals. BELOW RIGHT: Sally Aster, who tallied two goals.

Comets score two late goals to defeat SD Mesa

SAN MARCOS (10-13-10) -- Carissa Gibbons scored the tying goal with 4:43 left and Colette Reid tallied the game-winner with 2:28 to play on Wednesday, giving Palomar a 12-11 women's water polo win over San Diego Mesa at Wallace Memorial Pool.

With the victory, coach Kelly Falcone's Comets move to 8-6 on the season, 4-2 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. The Olympians are 5-8, 2-4.

Kimberly Walters led Palomar with four goals. Reid tallied three goals, Sally Aster and Gibbons two each and Amanda Vandewarker one.

The Comets led at halftime 7-6. The Olympians led after three quarters 10-9.

Jets overcome 4 goals each by Gibbons, Reid

SAN DIEGO (10-6-10) -- Palomar dropped an 11-10 heartbreaker to host Miramar on Wednesday at the Miramar College / Ned Baumer Aquatic Center.

The Jets came back from a 9-8 deficit to outscore the Comets 3-1 in the fourth quarter.

Carissa Gibbons (left) and Colette Reid (right) tallied four goals each for Palomar (7-6, 3-2 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) in the loss.

Sally Aster and Alicia Potter each added a goal for the Comets.

Comets lose for first time in PCAC action

SAN DIEGO (10-5-10) -- Palomar lost for the first time in four Pacific Coast Athletic Conference games on Tuesday at the John Kroc Center in San Diego when Grossmont prevailed 9-6 in a game that originally was postponed last Thursday due to lightning.

Colette Reid (above) led Palomar with three goals. Amanda Vandewarker, Kimberly Walters and Sally Aster each added a goal.

Grossmont (8-3, 3-0) took over first place in the conference with the victory. The Comets fell to 7-5, 3-1.

Games are postponed due to lightning

SAN DIEGO (9-30-10) -- Palomar's women's and men's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference water polo games against Grossmont at the Joan Kroc Center on Thursday both were postponed due to lightning.

The games will be made up on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the same location with the women playing at 1 p.m. and the men playing at 2:15 p.m.

Palomar splits four games in Mt. SAC tourney

SAN MARCOS (9-22-10) -- Palomar split its four games in the Mt. SAC Tournament over the weekend.

On Friday, the Comets defeated Cypress 6-5 but lost to Long Beach City College 14-2.

On Saturday, Palomar dropped its opener to Orange Coast 18-7, then bounced back to beat the host team, Mt. SAC, 15-6.

Sally Aster (above) led Palomar (7-4) in the tournament with eight goals.

Palomar 6, Cypress 5 -- Aster and Alycia Potter each tallied two goals to lead the Comets. Kimberly Walters and Colette Reid had a goal apiece.

Long Beach CC 16, Palomar 2 -- Krystle Green and Aster tallied one goal apiece for Palomar.

Orange Coast 18, Palomar 7 -- The Comets got three goals from Amanda Vandwarker and one each from Aimee Esteves, Walters, Aster and Carissa Gibbons.

Palomar 15, Mt. SAC 6 -- The Comets jumped to a 10-3 halftime lead and continued on to the victory as Aster and potter each scored four goals. Gibbons and Walters each tallied three goals. Vandewarker scored the other goal.

ABOVE: Kimberly Walters leaps out of the water to steal the ball in the Comets' 16-4 victory over Southwestern. No. 6 is Melanie Consiglio. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Alicia Potter (left) and Aimee Esteves, who scored three goals apiece for the Comets.

Comets jump to 9-0 lead, win to go 3-0 in PCC

SAN MARCOS (9-22-10) -- Palomar jumped out to a 9-0 lead and remained unbeaten in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo Wednesday, downing Southwestern 16-4 at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Alicia Potter and Aimee Esteves each scored three goals as the Comets advanced to 5-2 on the season and 3-0 in conference. Danielle King, Colette Reid, Amanda Vandewarker and Kimberly Walters each tallied two goals. Sally Aster (4) and Reid (3) led in assists. Reid and Walters each contributed three assists. .

Vsnessa   Fenley  had five saves in goal. Heather Bertram contributged four saves.

Walters' goal at the 7:33 mark of the first quarter put the Comets up and they continued to pepper the net through the first three quarters.

Palomar wins first 2 games, goes 3-3 in tourney

MISSION VIEJO (9-10--10) (9-11-10)-- Palomar's women's water polo squad  won its first two games in the Saddleback Tournament over the weekend, then dropped its last two games.

The Comets, who are 3-2 overall, routed Mt. SAC in their tournament opener, after jumping out to a 7-1 first-quarter lead and extending it to 10-1 at halftime. Carissa Gibbons (left) scored three goals for Palomar. Amanda Vandewarker, Kimberly Walters, Dani King, Alycia Potter and Colette Reid each had two goals.

In its second game, Palomar beat Ventura 10-5, behind three goals each from Sally Aster and Reid. Walters and Gibbons added two goals apiece.

The Comets then suffered their first loss of the season 16-7 to Chaffey. Walters and Aster each scored two goals.

King tallied two goals in an 11-5 loss to Fullerton.

ABOVE: Kimberly Walters back-hands in a goal to give Palomar a 5-3 lead in its season-opening win over Miramar. Walters led the Comets with five goals. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Colette Reid, who scored three goals.  

Comets win opener; Walters, Reid tally 8 goals

SAN MARCOS (9-8-10) -- Freshman 2-meter player Kimberly Walters and sophomore driver Colette Reid scored eight goals between them on Wednesday as Palomar opened its women's water polo season with a 15-9 win over Miramar.

Walters, from Valley Center High School, tallied five goals and Reid (Carlsbad High) scored three goals as the Comets handed Miramar a 16-9 loss at Wallace Memorial Pool. Carissa Gibbons and Danielle King added two goals apiece.

Palomar broke a 3-3 tie on three straight goals by Walters to close out the first half. Walters put the Comets in front  4-3 on a penalty shot with 4:38 remaining in the second quarter. Walters then scored at the 4:02 and 2:53 marks to make the score 6-3 at halftime.

Palomar was coming off a 13-9 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday over San Diego Mesa on the road.


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