Sports talk often centers on how teams are “like family”; in the case of the Judges of New Rochelle this old adage is actually true. With his arrival at Rose Hill in 1949 as a freshman, Francis Xavier Judge launched what is now a multi-generational rivalry between the men’s water polo programs at Fordham University in the Bronx and Iona College in New Rochelle.

Last month the annual Judge Cup match — named after Dr. Judge —saw Fordham down Iona by 10-3 and take a 3-2 lead in the annual grudge match between the two schools. Rooting on BOTH sides of the stands at Fordham's Col. Francis B. Messmore Pool were members of the Judge family who been intimately involved with Ram and Gael polo.

Read more about this fascinating rivalry between schools that stretches through three generations of one New York City's most prominent water polo families on the Collegiate Water Polo Association's website.

 The men's water polo team at Fordham with the winning hardware from the 2016 Judge Cup

The men's water polo team at Fordham with the winning hardware from the 2016 Judge Cup