With regard to ripping, you can select the "digital secure" mode--which is what EAC uses, and IMHO is the best overall, although it's a little slower. You'll have to change the setting on the MC9 ripper however--the default mode is "digital burst"--but this is easily changed with a couple of clicks.
With regard to encoding, you can customize the MC9 encoder (LAME) with any of the presets you use with your EAC/LAME encoder.
Personally, what I do is use the MC9 ripper in "digital secure", and use my LAME encoder that is coupled with EAC/LAME as an external encoder. Here is a link to the thread in the old forums if you're interested (hopefully links to the old forums will work):