Warriors rebound with chocolate milk

Gabe Bolton had to laugh.

The Cal State Stanislaus women's soccer coach was watching a college football game earlier this month between Fresno State and Nevada.

In one sideline report, the players' use of chocolate milk as a recovery drink was chronicled.

"They were talking about it like they invented it," Bolton said.

Bolton read about the benefits of chocolate milk and asked athletic trainer Gary Hogan about it over the summer. Hogan gave Bolton the green light to encourage the Warriors to partake within 30 minutes after activity.

The proteins and simple sugars in the favorite childhood beverage have been found to decrease recovery time.

"Last year, I felt one of the things we didn't do well was recover," Bolton said. "I think a lot of the players experience a lot less soreness."

Of course, there are a couple of players who are lactose intolerant. Bolton said they stick to sports drinks to stay hydrated.

According to the Web site for the Milk Processor Education Program, or MilkPEP, Fresno State strength and conditioning coach Andy Bennett attributed the use of chocolate milk to the football team setting 13 lifting records last spring.

The Stanislaus women's soccer team will need all the strength it can get this weekend. In 14 games, the Warriors have yet to beat Cal State Dominguez Hills, which is second in the California Collegiate Athletic Association South Division at 6-2-2. Stanislaus (9-6-2, 7-2-2 CCAA) leads the North Division.

The No. 24 Toros lead the CCAA in goals, assists and points going into the weekend. The teams play today at 7 p.m. Sunday's opponent is even tougher. UC San Diego is in first place in the South Division with the CCAA's best record of 8-1-1 and 11-1-1 overall. The No. 16 Tritons have allowed five goals all season, with eight shutouts.

Men's soccer

STANISLAUS: NOT MELLOW YELLOW -- The Warriors (4-9-3, 3-6-2 CCAA) have totaled 37 yellow cards and two red cards this season. Only San Francisco State has more yellow cards than Stanislaus with 39.

PIRATE ALUM -- Former Modesto Junior College player Gio DeMartini was selected the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 7.

DeMartini totaled four goals and one assist in a 2-0-1 week for the Mighty Macs. He scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Rowan University on Oct. 1 and registered his first career hat trick in a 10-0 win over Valley Forge Christian College on Oct. 3.

Cross country

STANISLAUS HOSTS CCAA -- When the Warriors hosted the Stanislaus Invitational on Sept. 15, Bobby Olivera and Erin Frier won their races. The Warriors will be racing for a repeat Saturday as they host the CCAA Championships on campus. The event begins at 9 a.m.

Frier's main competition most likely will come from Cal State Los Angeles, which is ranked first in the Far West Region. Karla Alburez and Maribel Cespedes finished 10th and 11th overall with the same time of 17 minutes, 44 seconds over a 5K course in Sunnyvale on Oct. 14. Olivera's stiffest competition may be teammate Vicente Moreno, who was 25 seconds behind Olivera in the Stanislaus Invitational.