Ohio State attacker Tre Leclaire will wear his usual uniform number — 14 — for a first-round NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament game today, but for Loyola defenders the numeral 4 might as well be taped over. To them, he really is No. 1.

Leclaire, a freshman with a shot almost as wicked as a major league fastball, has 41 goals and 107 shots to rank behind only Mac O’Keefe of Penn State (51, 130) in the Big Ten. Leclaire also tied for first in game-winning goals with four.

But the Greyhounds (10-5) might wind up having to play Whac-A-Mole with shots coming from all directions and from different sticks if the Buckeyes (13-4) are in rhythm. Face-off is at 5 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.

“We’ve got nine to 10 guys — it’s a little different than a lot of teams that have that go-to guy,” senior attacker Austin Shanks said. “We’ve got a big, strong athletic group. They try to slow our transition, but we do what we want to do. We don’t let anyone shove us out of our offense and do what we don’t want to do.”

An example of Ohio State’s diversity came in a 15-13 victory over Johns Hopkins in the Big Ten tournament when Leclaire, Shanks and Jack Jacinski scored within a five-minute span in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Leclaire's 41 goals lead the team and are followed by Fannell (28), Johnny Pearson (22) and Colin Chell (19). Four others have 10 goals or more.

OSU coach Nick Myers and Leclaire praise associate coach Brad Ross for designing an aggressive attack that spreads the wealth.

“Coach Ross puts us in the right sets,” Leclaire said. “We also have great vision. We like to get up the field quickly and set up quickly.”

Just like with football teams, the Buckeyes scout their opponent and develop an appropriate scheme. What worked against Johns Hopkins might not work against Loyola, which has a disruptive, pressing defense.

“Each week, we look at it as a unique challenge,” Myers said. “We don’t necessarily do the same thing each week. We like to look at our opponent and their strengths and weaknesses. We want to try to keep teams off-balance with the subtle adjustments we make each week, and coach Ross has been a big part of it.”

Leclaire often winds up being the focal point. He has a 38.3 success rate on his 107 shots.

“Tre shoots the ball really hard, and I also love the way he lets the game come to him,” said midfielder JT Blubaugh, a senior from DeSales. “It’s the way Tre steps into the shot and finishes it.”

Leclaire pointed out that there is more to his game than the fastball.

“It’s not just shooting hard, but where the goalie is playing,” he said. “I shoot until I get hot.”

As head coach of the United States team, Myers got too close a look at Leclaire in the 19-and-under World Lacrosse Championships in 2016. Leclaire scored three goals for Canada in a gold-medal game loss to the Americans.

Leclaire is from the small town of Surrey in British Columbia, and Myers said he was “a little under the radar” with regard to recruiting.

“When you talk about Tre, he certainly is as advertised,” Myers said. “He has quickly made a name for himself. He has great range with his shot, and believe it or not I think he’s still learning the game. He’s a box player at heart. We played him at midfield at the beginning of the year and we’ve transitioned him to attack.”