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A key save in goal

POSTED: May 04, 2014

The third quarter ended, and Washington boys' lacrosse coach Jack Creighton turned toward his bench in search of his starting goalie.

Robert Franklin sat there alone, with ice on one of his shins.
Creighton asked him to walk onto the field. The coach did not need Franklin to reenter the game.

"Need you to sign for me, please," Creighton said.

Franklin's replacement, sophomore Paul Thiergartner, is deaf. And the Eagles coach wanted to give him instructions before the fourth quarter began.

Franklin, a junior fluent in sign language, stood next to Creighton as he spoke to Thiergartner. The goalie kept his eyes on Franklin, who signed the instructions for him.
Stay on your post. Guard the crease. Don't be afraid to be the fourth defender.

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