July 22, 2015
WASHINGTON - Former Georgetown All-American defensive end Alec May (Wrentham, Mass./King Phillip) finished with 3.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and broke up a pass to help lead USA Football over Japan, 59-12, in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship Gold Medal Game on Saturday. May finished among the team leaders with 5.5 sacks during the four-game tournament.
May, who broke Georgetown's single-season sacks record and led Division I FCS with 16.5 sacks in 2014, picked up where he left off, registering at least a half a sack in each of Team USA's four games. Though, May, who last played during the Detroit Lions Rookie Camp, mentioned that it took him a few games to get up to speed.
"I started at defensive end in the 3-4 scheme (Team USA) used," May said. "It was a little different than what I did at Georgetown this year - there was a lot more slanting and hitting gaps as opposed to setting an edge. I felt a little rusty in the first couple games, but by the end I started feeling more comfortable again. It was great to get back into a rhythm rushing the quarterback."
Team USA clicked right away and was dominant through the tournament with an average margin of victory of 44.5 points per game, winning its third consecutive world title. Despite the lack of close games the chance to represent the United States and win a championship was a special one for May.
"Playing for Team USA and winning the gold was an incredible experience," May remarked. "To work so hard, become part of a team, and achieve our goal in just three weeks was unlike anything I'd ever done before. It's definitely up there in my football experiences."
The IFAF Gold Medal Game against Japan could be the last for May, who turned down an offer to play in Canada in hopes of catching on with an NFL team later in the summer. But if it is the last time the All-American, who registered 29 sacks in his last 18 organized football games, has no regrets.
"I turned down an offer to play with Montreal in the CFL and just started a job working for Nomura in New York," May admitted. "I'll keep training and hope that I can get another opportunity with an NFL team, but if that doesn't work out this experience with Team USA is a great way to end my football career."