Penn State Lacrosse vs. Duke: Watch Controversial Call That Ended Nittany Lions’ Season

Penn State Lacrosse
Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (Photo by Dave Malandra | For NittanyCentral)
  • Post author:
  • Post category:Uncategorized

Penn State Lacrosse fell to Duke 16-15 in the NCAA Semifinals on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, but did the Nittany Lions deserve to lose?
Despite being significant underdogs, Penn State found themselves tied 15-15 with Duke heading to overtime. Duke ‘scored’ first to win the game but despite clear video replay showing the Blue Devil attacker in the crease, instant replay was not allowed to overturn the call.
The NCAA Twitter account was forced to turn off replys on the tweet of the game winning goal and the video board and Lincoln Financial Field asked fans not to throw anything on the playing surface.


Essentially, despite videop replay clearly showing a crease violation, according to NCAA MLax rules, the play is not one that’s reviewable.
You have to wonder if that rule will change this off-season but either way, it’s a brutal loss for the Nittany Lions, bringing their season to a close.
Watch the video below and you make the call.
Should the Duke Blue Devils game winning goal have been disallowed?


Was Leadmon the crease?

— USA Lacrosse Magazine (@USALacrosseMag) May 27, 2023

A note to our readers; If you make a purchase through one of our affiliate links, we may receive a commission
Evan Smith

Evan Smith

Evan Smith is an alum of Penn State (Marketing, Economics, 2011) and a basketball season ticket holder since 2006. NittanyCentral is his second reporting job following the Men's Basketball program. He co-founded and co-hosts the Shots Gotta Fall - The Penn State Basketball Podcast (the premiere, the best, the only) with Steve Travis. Smith's most proud moment covering the team was seeing the national No. 9 ranking during Pat Chambers' last year. His most embarrassing moment was spending almost a thousand dollars to travel 2,000 miles in 46 hours to watch the Nittany Lions lose to Temple in the 2011 NCAA Tournament (screw you Juan Fernandez).