Oviedo, Fla. / Paul J. Hagerty
Field position and special teams are a big deal in a closely-contested rivalry game, so St. Olaf was happy that kicker/punter Lucas Wainman (Oviedo, Fla./Paul J. Hagerty) was at his best on Saturday. The Oles scored a 27-20 road win at cross-town rival Carleton, with the freshman specialist nailing all five of his PAT and field goal attempts, and using his kicking and punting as a weapon to pin the Knights in their own territory time and time again. For his performance, Wainman was named the MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.
Wainman helped St. Olaf on the scoreboard, going 3-for-3 on extra points and 2-for-2 on field goals to contribute nine big points in the seven-point victory. His two field goals came from 21 and 31 yards out, and the latter made it 27-7 late in the third quarter to give St. Olaf enough breathing room. He punted three times for 115 yards (38.3 average) with two kicks inside the 20, and all of his punts and kickoffs pinned Carleton inside its 32-yard-line to start each possession. Wainman's 48 points lead all MIAC kickers this season, as he's gone 7-for-9 on field goals and 27-for-29 on PATs. He's averaging an even 40.0 yards per punt with a league-leading 13 inside the 20 this season.
The win helped St. Olaf improve to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the conference, currently in a tie for fourth in the MIAC standings. The Oles will get to enjoy the rivalry win for an extra week, as they head into the bye this Saturday with a week to rest up for a tough final stretch. St. Olaf will host No. 15-ranked Bethel and travel to No. 3-ranked St. Thomas over the season's final two weeks.