A native of Baltimore, Ernest J. (Skip) Lichtfuss Jr. was a standout in both lacrosse and basketball, leading W&L to regional and national prominence in both sports.
Lichtfuss, a 1974 graduate, was W&L's leading scorer in basketball as a sophomore, junior, and senior, helping the Generals to the College Athletic Conference basketball championship in 1971 and 1972. In addition, he led the team in steals, assists, and rebounds in both his junior and senior seasons. Lichtfuss, who served as captain of the team during the 1973-74 season, finished his W&L career with 1,592 career points to make him the fifth leading scorer in W&L history. He was named an honorable mention All-American after his senior year.
As a lacrosse player, Lichtfuss helped W&L to an .877 winning percentage over four years. Lichtfuss was named a second team All-America midfielder in 1972 and was elevated to first team All-America status in both 1973 and 1974. In those three years, W&L compiled a 40-5 record, the best three-year period in the school's history. The Generals, who were ranked second in the nation in 1974, participated in the NCAA Division I National Tournament the final three years that Lichtfuss was chosen to represent W&L in the annual North-South lacrosse game in 1974.
Lichtfuss was named W&L's freshman athlete of the year in 1971 and was named most outstanding athlete in 1974.