The gap between the first-place Tar River Bandits and the second-place Edenton Steamers has tightened — and is likely to get tighter, as the River Bandits will be losing six players over the next week.

“The Canadians have been called back (because of COVID) and the Ivy League, which didn’t play this year, wants a strong fall league, so Dartmouth has told our guys they need to go back,” explained River Bandits coach Vince Fondacaro.