Karina LeBlanc Bio
Team: Boston Breakers
How Acquired: 2000 Player Draft-3rd Rd/21th 12/10/2000
WUSA Experience: 2
Previous Team: Canadian National Team
Hometown: Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
High School: Maple Ridge Secondary School [British Columbia, Canada]
Born: March 30, 1980 Atlanta, GA, USA
Height: 5' 9"
2003 WUSA Season:
LeBlanc has played every minute of every game ... She earned her first WUSA Player of the Week honors for her stellar play in a 1-0 victory over San Jose on May 31st ... Her eight catches and punches in that match were her personal high ... She has a 4-3-2 record and leads the league in saves with 38.
2002 WUSA Season:
LeBlanc had a solid 2002 season as the Breakers No. 1 goalkeeper ... Recorded eight saves on May 4 against Philadelphia and again on May 18 in a 2-1 victory over New York ... On June 8, LeBlanc came up with six saves in a 2-2 draw vs. Carolina... LeBlanc started in 17 games, recorded 1,530 minutes and finished the season with a 1.59 GAA.
2001 WUSA Season:
Made her pro debut on May 16 against the Bay Area CyberRays ... Had four saves in a 4-2 victory over the CyberRays ... Made her second start of the season in a 1-1 tie against Atlanta on June 6 ... She had six saves in the game ... Missed a number of games due to an ankle injury and national team duty ... Played in three games, LeBlanc played 256 minutes, made nine saves and had a 1.05 goals against average.
Canadian National Team:
Has earned 29 caps and nine shutouts ... Made the roster for the 2003 Algarve Cup ... Earned six caps in 2002 ... In the 2002 Gold Cup, LeBlanc started four of the five games ... She notched shutouts against Jamaica (9-0), Costa Rica (3-0) and Mexico (2-0) ... She had four saves in the 2-1 loss to the US in the final of the Gold Cup on November 9, 2002 ... Recorded a shut out against the U.S. National Team on March 11, 2001 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal ... Starting goalkeeper for the Canadian National Team in 2000 ... On August 20, 2000, LeBlanc recorded a tie vs. U.S. ... Played for Women's World Cup Team in 1999 ... First appearance was on May 21, 1998 vs. China.
Named to the 2001 Umbro Select Classic Women's Elite College All-Star team ... 2000: Team captain as a senior ... A Hermann Trophy Finalist ... Ranked fourth nationally in goals against average (0.40) ... First-team NSCAA Central Region and first-team Soccer Buzz Central Region selection ... Started every game in and logged 2007 minutes ... 1999: Led the Big 12 in goals against average (0.51) ... Allowed only three goals in 10 regular season conference games ... Fifth nationally in GAA with a 0.51 ... Earned Nebraska's Most Improved Player Award ... Played in all 25 games as Nebraska went 21-1-2 ... 1998: Ranked second in Big 12 and 17th nationally with a 0.70 GAA ... Had seven shutouts as a freshman.
Full name is Karina Chenelle LeBlanc ... Daughter of Vans and Winsome LeBlanc ... Has a sister Sharma and brother Kurt ... Earned her degree in Business Administration at the University of Nebraska in May of 2003 ... Was born in Atlanta and lived there for eight years before her family moved to Canada ... Enjoys writing poetry and watching professional football and basketball.