GORHAM, Maine – For the second game in a row, senior Zach Kabelac (Potomac, Md.) powered MIT's offense with a goal and an assist in the Engineers' 3-1 victory over St. Joseph's College (Maine) in the Southern Maine Husky Fall Classic on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Cardinal and Gray improved to 2-0-0 on the season while the Monks dipped to 1-1-0.
For his outstanding performances this past weekend, Kabelac was named the Tournament MVP. Juniors Ben Lewis (West Hartford, Conn.) and Thomas Fronk (Ueberlingen, Germany) along with freshman John Kramer (Glastonbury, Conn.) were selected to the All-Tournament Team.
Kabelac opened the scoring in the 19th minute when he headed in a cross that came from sophomore Jonathan Tebes (Hamden, Conn.) on the right wing. The Engineers continued to pressure St. Joseph's, but they would not increase their lead despite an 8-1 advantage in shots. The Monks' lone shot yielded their only goal, a free kick by Mike Sanfilippo from 27 yards out that went over the wall in the 41st minute.
The second stanza was a defensive battle as MIT tallied four of the six shots during the frame. However, the Engineers ended the deadlock in the 72nd minute when Kramer corralled Kabelac's through ball and unleashed a strike that deflected off goalie Kenny Grade into the net. MIT increased its margin with 7:13 remaining in regulation when freshman Chester Chambers (Columbia, Md.) raced down to the end line and drove a pass across the front of the goal that was misplayed by the defense and resulted in an own goal.
In net, senior Dylan Rankin (Providence, R.I.) picked up the win without making a save for the second straight game while Grade finished with five saves for St. Joseph's.
The Engineers will make their home debut on Wednesday, Sept. 7 when they take on Framingham State University at 4:00 p.m.